24 Quotes Conservatives Need to Hear

There are some things conservatives need to hear that they have not heard. There are also things conservatives have heard but need to hear again. Here are 24 quotes doing just that. Some are deep, some are witty, and some just put our ideas eloquently.

  1. “Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.” -Thomas Paine
  2. “Socialism is rape, capitalism is consensual sex.” -Ben Shapiro
  3. “The regimes that promise to give you bread if you give them your liberty deliver neither liberty nor bread.” -Albert Camus
  4. “..you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” -John 8:32
  5. “If you dislike the religious right, wait till you meet the post-religious right.” -Ross Douthat
  6. “It Takes a Government to Do an Auschwitz.” -Matt Ridley
  7. David Henderson expands on this here, “government use of force against ethnic groups is far more effective than private use of force against these same groups. I remember that when I first heard about Hitler at about age eight, and asked my mother who he was, I was told that 15 years earlier he had used tanks and other weapons to try to take over the world. I pictured a nut with some tanks he had bought coming down our highway and invading our small town in rural Canada. I didn’t understand at the time why Hitler was such a threat; I had been raised to believe that the police would protect us. Imagine the shock and sudden surge of overwhelming fear I had when, years later, I learned that Hitler employed the police and, indeed, ran a whole government. That was scary. Even as a child I knew that the government, any government, had more power than anyone who was not in the government, and that when the government passed and enforced a law, you couldn’t legally fight back. That’s when the true terror of Hitler dawned on me.”
  8. The collapse of Eastern Europe “overwhelmingly demonstrates that economies that try to be centrally directed do not work. It was a very decisive experiment. The advocates of socialism will no longer come from the ranks of the economists. It is no longer intellectually respectable.” -Leland B. Yeager
  9. “Since this is an era when many people are concerned about ‘fairness’ and ‘social justice,’ what is your ‘fair share’ of what someone else has worked for?” -Thomas Sowell
  10. “A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.” -Milton Friedman
  11. “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.”-Milton Friedman
  12. “All of the great progress the United States has made over the last couple of centuries has come from unemployment. It has come from learning how to produce more good with fewer workers, thereby releasing labor to become more productive in others areas. It has never come about through permanent unemployment, but temporary unemployment, in the process of shifting people from one area to another.” -Milton Friedman
  13. “Well, first of all, tell me: Is there some society you know that doesn’t run on greed? You think Russia doesn’t run on greed? You think China doesn’t run on greed? What is greed? Of course, none of us are greedy, it’s only the other fellow who’s greedy. The world runs on individuals pursuing their separate interests. The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn’t construct his theory under order from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn’t revolutionize the automobile industry that way. In the only cases in which the masses have escaped from the kind of grinding poverty you’re talking about, the only cases in recorded history, are where they have had capitalism and largely free trade. If you want to know where the masses are worse off, worst off, it’s exactly in the kinds of societies that depart from that. So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear, that there is no alternative way so far discovered of improving a lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by the free-enterprise system.”-Milton Friedman
  14. “The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” -FA Hayek
  15. “There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal.” -FA Hayek
  16. “If socialists understood economics they wouldn’t be socialists.” -FA Hayek
  17. “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” -Edmund Burke
  18. “I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University. -William F. Buckley”
  19. “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” -Winston Churchill
  20. “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” -Barry Goldwater
  21. “There are no solutions; there are only trade-offs.” -Thomas Sowell
  22. “Lex iniusta non est lex” -St Augustine of Hippo. The English translation is “an unjust law is no law at all”
  23. “…all men are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs, whether privately or publicly, whether alone or in association with others, within due limits. -The Second Vatican Council
  24. “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.— That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,— That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. … But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” -The American Declaration of Independence

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