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Friday, July 2, 2010
By Paul Martin

by Lew Rockwell
LewRockWell.com
July 1, 2010

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.

I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.

In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell.

Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

The men the American public admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule — and both commonly succeed, and are right.

Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.

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