“This nation was dedicated to freedom under law, not under mobs.”
— Tom C. Clark
“There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.”
— Erich Fromm
“This country has lifted up more people, unlocked more progress and unleashed more prosperity than any other country in history. This is America. And, the American system is capitalism.
“Many people avoid saying that word, including some conservatives and business leaders. Some think it’s a politically-incorrect word.
“But, we shouldn’t be ashamed of capitalism — it’s another word for freedom. And, it springs from America’s most cherished ideals.
“What good are our rights, if our homes and savings can be taken? Are we really free if we own nothing and the government owns everything?
“We all know the most famous phrases from the Declaration of Independence: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident,’ ‘We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights.’ But, while we know these words, we often forget their meaning. Yes, they mean freedom of speech, freedom of religion and other fundamental rights — but, the Founders knew that economic freedom was also essential.
“What good are our rights, if our homes and savings can be taken? Are we really free if we own nothing and the government owns everything? Of course, not.
“So, while the Founders never used the word, they gave us capitalism in all but the name.
“Everywhere capitalism takes root, people do better. We should celebrate this, not apologize for it.
“But, it’s not just us. Capitalism has transformed the world. Two hundred years ago, 94 percent of the world lived in extreme poverty. Today, it’s ten percent. Much of this drop happened in the last 40 years. After Soviet communism collapsed in Russia and Eastern Europe, and after communist China adopted sweeping market reforms.”
— Nikki Haley
“Socialism is the dangerous proposition that government should control more of your life, including your property, your money and even your religion. From North Korea to China to Venezuela, socialism results in hunger, poverty and misery. It destroys communities, represses religion and crushes freedom.”
— Nikki Haley
“If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.”
— The National Commission on Excellence in Education, A Nation at Risk, April 1983
“Socialism […] takes half the money from people who hardly have any to begin with, and it gives it to those who don't deserve it.”
— Mark Dice, February 13, 2020
“[I]f we won’t choose to pay the price of liberty, then by default we shall suffer the cost of servitude — whether it be the iron chains of a tyrannical oligarchy or the regulatory chains of unelected, faceless bureaucrats. When we witness our neighbors abused by tyrants, will we skulk away and hope we’re not next? Or will we stand by them and challenge — as freedom-loving Americans — the tyranny of lawless leaders.”
— Phil Trieb
“I've seen what socialism’s like, and I don’t like it. OK? It’s not only not free, it doesn’t frickin’ work.”
— Chris Matthews
“The welfare state that is built upon this conception seems to prove precisely away from the conservative conception of authoritative and personal government, towards a labyrinthine privilege sodden structure of anonymous power, structuring a citizenship that is increasingly reluctant to answer for itself, increasingly parasitic on the dispensations of a bureaucracy towards which it can feel no gratitude.”
— Roger Scruton
"I know no class of my fellowmen, however just, enlightened, and humane, which can be wisely and safely trusted absolutely with the liberties of any other class."
— Frederick Douglass