Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Quotes of the Day

From Ace of Spades, where there is more...
Quote of the Day I
The United States within nearly a century of its founding became the wealthiest nation in the history of mankind.  It accomplished this without an income tax, free university tuition, universal health care, or even Social Security.  In Bernie Sanders' lifetime, he witnessed the fall of National Socialists, Soviet Socialists, and more benign iterations of the collectivist ideology.  But he imagines the command economy, rather than the free market, as our savior.

-- Daniel J. Flynn in Socialism, The Nightmare That Never Dies
Quote of the Day II
I'm enjoying the irony of American Sanders supporters lecturing me, a former Soviet citizen, on the glories of Socialism and what it really means!  Socialism sounds great in speech soundbites and on Facebook, but please keep it there.  In practice, it corrodes not only the economy but the human spirit itself, and the ambition and achievement that made modern capitalism possible and brought billions of people out of poverty.  Talking about Socialism is a huge luxury, a luxury that was paid for by the successes of capitalism.  Income inequality is a huge problem, absolutely.  But the idea that the solution is more government, more regulation, more debt, and less risk is dangerously absurd.

-- Garry Kasparov [Russian (formerly Soviet) chess Grandmaster, former World Chess Champion, writer, and political activist]
Quote of the Day III
Arabs have no more creative force.  Islam does not contribute to intellectual life, it suggests no discussion.  It is no longer thought.  It produces no thinking, no art, no science, no vision that could change the world.  This repetition is the sign of its end.  The Arabs will continue to exist, but they will not make the world better.

-- Arabic poet Adunis Asbar
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