Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Anything That’s Peaceful


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Contents

Let anyone do anything, so long as his actions are peaceful; limit government to keeping the peace. The author’s premise. Incorruptibility defined and its importance emphasized.

A review of our evolutionary past should help us to better cope with the devolutionary theories and practices of the present.

Socialism rests on raw violence. Peaceful people rarely carry noncompliance far enough to discover this shocking fact about our “social gains.”

Socialism only gives the appearance of being productive. What we mistake for socialism’s achievement is free human energy pushing its way through the stifling bureaucratic regimentation.

When the individual forsakes or has taken from him a sense of self-responsibility, he loses the very essence of his being.

Socialism gives rise to unnatural and unmarketable human efforts and specialties, exchangeable only under duress. If this persists, our once dynamic economy will spin apart!

Labor unions cause inflation precisely as do chambers of commerce and all other groups which seek handouts from the federal treasury; not, as is commonly supposed, by way of price and wage “spirals.”

Committees tend to absolve individuals from personal responsibility for positions taken, thus permitting careless and irresponsible actions which seriously threaten the peace.

Voting presupposes a choice. Citizens have no moral obligation to cast a ballot for the “lesser of two evils,” or for one of two trimmers; trimming is not comparative, since every trimmer is without integrity.


  • Leonard E. Read (1898-1983) was the founder of FEE, and the author of 29 works, including the classic parable “I, Pencil.”