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American Writer and Economist, b.1930

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty.”
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites.”
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“While rationalism at the individual level is a plea for more personal autonomy from cultural norms, at the social level it is often a claim- or arrogation- of power to stifle the autonomy of others.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Cultures contain many cues and inducements to dissuade the individual from approaching ultimate limits, in much the same way that a special warning strip of land around the edge of a baseball field lets a player know that he is about to run into a concrete wall when he is preoccupied with catching the ball. The wider that strip of land and the more sensitive the player is to the changing composition of the ground under his feet as he pursues the ball, the more effective the warning. Romanticizing or lionizing as individualistic those people who disregard social cues and inducements increases the danger of head-on collisions with inherent social limits. Decrying various forms of social disapproval is in effect narrowing the warning strip.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“With various people complaining about "price gouging”... economist Walter Williams has coined a new term: "Tax gouging." But government is never accused of either "greed" or "gouging" — not even when they bulldoze people's homes in order to turn the land over to businesses that will pay more taxes.”
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Mystical references to society and its programs to help may warm the hearts of the gullible but what it really means is putting more power in the hands of bureaucrats.”
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Given that some social processes must convey inherent constraints, the choice is among various mixtures of persuasion, force, and cultural inducement. The less of one, the more of the others. The degree of freedom that is possible is therefore tied to the extent to which people respond to persuasion or inducement.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Social values in general are incrementally variable: neither safety, diversity, rational articulation, nor morality is categorically a good thing to have more of, without limits. All are subject to diminishing returns, and ultimately negative returns.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“One of the peculiarities of the American Revolution was that its leaders pinned their hopes on the organization of decision-making units, the structuring of their incentives, and the counterbalancing of the units against one another, rather than on t”

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