Quotes from “Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff” by Matt Kibbe

Normal people—real Americans outside the Beltway—have better things to do. They should focus on their lives and their kids and their careers, their passions and their goals and their communities. Right?
The president is fighting with Congress. Democrats are fighting with Republicans. Conservatives are fighting with liberals. Libertarians are fighting with “neocons.” Political insiders and career bureaucrats are pushing back against the wishes of grassroots Americans. And left-wing “progressives” are attacking, with increased vitriol, tea party “anarchists.”
We should always be skeptical of too much concentrated power in the hands of government agents. They will naturally abuse it.
Don’t start a fight, but always be prepared, if absolutely necessary, to finish a fight unjustly instigated by someone else.
“What is prudence in the conduct of every private family,” Smith argued in The Wealth of Nations, “can scarce be folly in that of a great kingdom.” Under the old rules, says Buchanan, “government should not place future generations in bondage by deficit financing of public outlays designed to provide temporary and short-lived benefits.” But all that changed with the publication of Keynes’s General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money.
Adam Smith, the Scottish moral philosopher widely considered the father of modern economics, based his economic thinking on the mutually beneficial gains achieved from voluntary cooperation. But cooperation and exchange are based on mutually understood values. His most important work, a foundation for all classical liberal thinking, is The Theory of Moral Sentiments. I
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