2. "

    Anarchists did not try to carry out genocide against the Armenians in Turkey; they did not deliberately starve millions of Ukrainians; they did not create a system of death camps to kill Jews, gypsies, and Slavs in Europe; they did not fire-bomb scores of large German and Japanese cities and drop nuclear bombs on two of them; they did not carry out a ‘Great Leap Forward’ that killed scores of millions of Chinese; they did not attempt to kill everybody with any appreciable education in Cambodia; they did not launch one aggressive war after another; they did not implement trade sanctions that killed perhaps 500,000 Iraqi children.

    In debates between anarchists and statists, the burden of proof clearly should rest on those who place their trust in the state. Anarchy’s mayhem is wholly conjectural; the state’s mayhem is undeniably, factually horrendous.

    — Robert Higgs (via anarcho-alowisney)

    (Source: paleolibertarian, via libertariantaoist)


  3. "A close, daily intimacy between two people has to be paid for: it requires a great deal of experience of life, logic, and warmth of heart on both sides to enjoy each other’s good qualities without being irritated by each other’s shortcomings and blaming each other for them."

    Ivan Goncharov, Oblomov (via whyallcaps)

    Ah. Precioso y verdad.

    (via infinitysisters)

    (Source: stxxz.us, via chiarc-morn)


  4. "The myths of science and religion and shamanism all represent a polarity between the mystery of the Self and the mystery of the Other—and remember a mystery is not to be confused with an unsolved problem; a mystery is by its nature mysterious and will not collapse into solution. We are unfamiliar with that kind of thing. We think that if there’s a mystery, then experts of whatever kind can get it straightened out and issue a report. But this approach only works for trivia."
    — Terrence McKenna

  5. "The sanctification of political power by Christianity is blasphemy; it is the negation of Christianity."
    — Leo Tolstoy, Church and State (via haereticum)

    (via existentialmike)

  6. (Source: noimdead, via cherrybomb2)


  7. Anonymous said: you shouldn't misquote Descartes


    "If there’s one thing I love, it’s being misquoted." -René Descartes

  9. (Source: manboro, via cherrybomb2)


  10. "

    Israeli leaders and spokesmen continually say that their only goal in this war is “peace and quiet” for the people if Israel. Maybe a decent goal would include justice for the long-suffering Palestinians. This is not about Hamas, an organization that endangers the innocent people it claims to champion with futile yet criminal activities like the rocket fire. This does not let the Israelis and their brutal response — underwritten by American taxpayers and supporter by their rulers — off the hook, however. Ont the contrary, since Israel created and maintains the open-air prison, it is responsible for all the evils that go on inside. Its hard-line policies embolden the most extreme elements and undercut the moderate voices. Has the “peace process” even slowed the building of illegal settlements on Palestinian land in the West Bank?

    No, it’s not about Hamas; it’s about the Palestinians, who do not deserve this punishment at the hands of the Israelis.


  11. "When people say they want solutions, they’re actually seeking only a specific kind of solution, one that leaves everything they have now intact but guarantees them more of something: more security, more healthcare, more education, more money, etc., but at no cost or inconvenience to themselves.

    Anything that fits these parameters isn’t a solution; it’s magic. Magical thinking and magical fixes are endlessly appealing precisely because they don’t require us to change anything or work at anything outside our comfort zone.

    In the real world, solutions change core values and processes. If they don’t, they’re not real solutions."
    — Charles Hugh Smith

    (Source: charleshughsmith.blogspot.com)


  12. "Don’t believe every thing you think."
    — Byron Katie (via thecalminside)

    (via elige)


  13. "You have this one life. How do you wanna spend it? Apologizing? Regretting? Questioning? Hating yourself? Dieting? Running after people who don’t see you? Be brave. Believe in yourself. Do what feels good. Take risks. You have this one life. Make yourself proud."

  14. "The right of the jury to decide questions of law was widely recognized in the colonies. In 1771, John Adams stated unequivocally that a juror should ignore a judge’s instruction on the law if it violates fundamental principles: “It is not only … [the juror’s] right, but his duty, in that case, to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court.” There is much evidence of the general acceptance of this principle in the period immediately after the Constitution was adopted."
    — Yale Law Journal
    Source: Note: The Changing Role of the Jury in the Nineteenth Century, Yale Law Journal 74, 174 (1964). (via timlebsack)

    (via chiarc-morn)


  15. "

    [W]e might put the case this way: liberals are supposed to be in favor of any voluntary actions performed, as the famous cliché goes, by “two consenting adults.” Yet it is peculiar that while liberals are in favor of any sexual activity engaged in by two consenting adults, when these consenting adults engage in trade or exchange, the liberals step in to harass, cripple, restrict, or prohibit that trade. And yet both the consenting sexual activity and the trade are similar expressions of liberty in action. Both should be favored by any consistent libertarian. But the government, especially a liberal government, habitually steps in to regulate and restrict such trade.

    It is very much as [though] I were about to exchange two Hank Aarons for one Willie Mays, and the government, or some other third party, should step in and say: “No, you can’t do that; that’s evil; it’s against the common good. We hereby outlaw this proposed exchange; any exchange of such baseball cards must be one for one, or three for two”—or whatever other terms the government, in its wisdom and greatness, arbitrarily wishes to impose. By what right do they do this? The libertarian claims by no right whatsoever.