[Governments are] …without exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society.
More quotes by Adam Smith
The propensity to truck, barter and exchange one thing for another is common to all men, and to be found in no other race of animals.
Those unproductive hands may consume so great a share that all the frugality and good conduct of individuals may not be able to compensate this violent and forced encroachment.
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.
There is no art which one government sooner learns of another than that of draining money from the pockets of the people.
More quotes about Politics
The Bush administration works closely with a network of rapid response digital brownshirts who work to pressure reporters and their editors for ‘undermining support for our troops.’
You in Lebanon, your power is no match to Israel. Israel, militarily, is more powerful than you and maybe it is more powerful than all the Arab countries, or most of them.
The Revolution… was the result of a mature and reflecting preference for freedom, and not of a vague or ill-defined craving for independence.
Equality of the general rules of law and conduct is the only kind of equality conducive to liberty and the only equality which we can secure without destroying liberty.
If one looks at the map of the world, it’s difficult to find Iraq, and one would think it rather easy to subdue such a small country.
As soon as the legitimate Lebanese government is convinced that the conditions have ripened and that Lebanon is able to maintain stability on its own… Then, the Syrian forces will return to their homeland.
Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me old,when I would NEVER call him short and fat?Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!
In my personal opinion, Russia is no less democratic than it used to be. It is a democratic country. It is democratic enough.
Or stay in Chechnya and wait to be attacked? What should we do? I have said what we must do. We must go through the mountain caves and scatter and destroy all those who are armed. Perhaps after the presidential elections, we should introduce direct presidential rule there for a couple of years. We must rebuild the economy and the social services, show the people that normal life is possible. We must pull the young generation out of the environment of violence in which it is living. We must put a program of education in place . . . We must work. We must not abandon Chechnya as we did before. In fact, we did a criminal thing back then, when we abandoned the Chechen people and undermined Russia. Now we must work hard, and then transfer to full fledged political procedures, allowing them and us to decide how we can coexist. It is unavoidable fact: We must live together. We have no plans to deport Chechens, as Stalin once solved the problem. And Russia has no other choice. Nobody can impose a solution on us by force but we are prepared to take maximum consideration of Chechen