"With the United States on the verge of another war in the Middle East — or is it merely the continuation of a decades-long war? — we libertarians need to reacquaint ourselves with our intellectual heritage of peace, antimilitarism, and anti-imperialism. This rich heritage is too often overlooked and frequently not appreciated at all. That is tragic. Libertarianism, to say the least, is deeply skeptical of state power. Of course, then, it follows that libertarianism must be skeptical of the state’s power to make war — to kill and destroy in other lands. Along with its domestic police authority, this is the state’s most dangerous power. (In 1901 a libertarian, Frederic Passy, a friend of libertarian economist Gustave de Molinari, shared in the first Nobel Peace Prize.)"
"Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is life itself, it is an insane way to live."
"What we’ve seen in these three guys’ heads getting cut off is not just barbarity or meanness. What we saw was the Islamic State putting a worm on a hook. The one thing they need more than anything is U.S. intervention on the ground in Iraq. And if it brings along ground troops from Sunni states, fighting on the side of the Americans and the Shia, the more the better. There’s no one in the United States who has more respect for the marine corps than I have. But if they take those places back, the question becomes: Then What? They will take them back because the Mujahideen will, as they always do, run away to fight again later. Are we gonna garrison that damn place like the Balkans for twenty years? Knowing that if we ever leave, the war starts again? It’s nonsense. Obama is a madman. He deserves a nice little white jacket that ties in the back, because he doesn’t know what to do…
[He needs] to say to them, and to the American people, ‘We don’t like the fact that these guys got their heads cut off, but this is zero threat to U.S. National Security.’ The people who did it are and their allies are, but first we have to have a discussion. Someone’s gotta tell the truth! These are not madmen. If we were fighting madmen, it would be a pleasure. Because they make mistakes, they can’t organize, all of those things would play against them. But these are calculating, in many cases well educated individuals, and street savvy in terms of how the world is. Obama, and Clinton, and Bush; the only world they could see was the world they wanted to be. And so they always lost. Because what they want is never coming, and it’s not out there at the moment."
"No one ever tells us to stop running away from fear…the advice we usually get is to sweeten it up, smooth it over, take a pill, or distract ourselves, but by all means make it go away."
"God made the illusion look real and He made the real look as if it didn’t exist. He covered the sea but revealed the foam. He concealed the wind but revealed the dust.
The world’s an old sorcerer, selling moonlight as silk for the gold and silver of your life. When you come to your senses you see there is no silk and all your gold and silver pieces are gone.
From this magic market you can only take refuge in the Truth."
"Hope and fear come from feeling that we lack something; they come from a sense of poverty. We can’t simply relax with ourselves. We hold on to hope, and hope robs us of the present moment. We feel that someone else knows what is going on, but that there is something missing in us, and therefore something is lacking in our world."
"We’re all just walking each other home."
"Genuine free education needs to stop putting new wine in old bottles, whether it be designing free course materials to fit within the conventional university degree model, or designing curricula for processing students to fit the needs of corporate employers. Corporate employers with Human Resources departments are part of a dying economy."