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Henry Hazlitt
1894 - 1993

Journalist, literary critic, economist, philosopher, author of Economics in One Lesson (1946) and others. Hazlitt was one of the most prolific and most respected commentators of this century. His reviews of unknowns Ludwig Von Mises (Socialism) and F.A. Hayek (The Road to Serfdom), for example, helped catapult both authors to renown in North America. His own work, Economics in One Lesson, continues to be in print and popular more than 50 years after its initial publication, and remains one of the best-made arguments against statism.

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The measure of any man's virtue is what he would do, if he had neither the laws nor public opinion, nor even his own prejudices, to control him.

1823 - from Characteristics
There is no prejudice so strong as that which arises from a fancied exemption from all prejudice.

Prejudice is the child of ignorance.

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.

None of us [who speak out against statism] are yet on the torture rack; we are not yet in jail; we're getting various harassments and annoyances, but what we mainly risk is merely our popularity, the danger that we will be called nasty names. ... We have a duty to speak even more clearly and courageously, to work harder, and to keep fighting this battle while the strength is still in us. ... The times call for courage. The times call for hard work. But if the demands are high, it is because the stakes are even higher. They are nothing less than the future of liberty, which means the future of civilization.

Nov. 29, 1964 - from "Reflections at 70", a speech to friends and admirers at the New York University Club on his 70th birthday
Government can't give us anything without depriving us of something else.

from an essay in The Freeman
The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups.

You can write limits into a constitution, but the question is, is there any way to ensure the preservation of a limited democracy? Even if you have a good system, if the majority has its way, it's sure to lead to bad policy, because the majority doesn't understand limited government.

Dec. 01, 1984 - from an interview published in Reason Magazine
Every ... leftist calls himself a liberal! ... We are the true adherents of liberty. Both words--liberal and liberty--come from the same root. We are the ones who believe in limited government, in the maximization of liberty for the individual and the minimization of coercion to the lowest point compatible with law and order. It is because we are true liberals that we believe in free trade, free markets, free enterprise, private property in the means of production; in brief, that we are for capitalism and against socialism. Yet this is the philosophy, the true philosophy of progress, that is now called not only conservatism, but reaction, the Radical Right, extremism...

Nov. 29, 1964 - from "Reflections at 70", a speech to friends and admirers at the New York University Club on his 70th birthday
The 'private sector' of the economy is, in fact, the voluntary sector; and...the 'public sector' is, in fact, the coercive sector.