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SLOGANS FOR LIBERTY, Vol. II : B


Slogans, Aphorisms, Proverbs, Quotes, Definitions, Explanations, Corrections & Comments.


Compiled & edited by John Zube, especially since 1973.

From the first edition, July 1994 PEACE PLANS No. 1179: IS
SN 0816
-
9004. It contained: B
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Choice, 210 pages, 36x reduced.

This second edition, has some corrections and additions: September 2002. Supplemented 10.11.08

& 26
.
3.09


LIBERTARIAN MICROFICHE PUBLISHING c/o John Zube, 7 Oxley St., Berrima,

NSW 2577, Aust
ralia.
www.butterbach.net/lmp

jzube@acenet.com.au

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Catch
words

with the page indications from the microfiche edition left out, also the "c" entries.


The few words here offered under B do clearly indicate how fractionally the world of freedom ideas has been
covered so far by this collection and how much help is
needed to come closer to completion.
-

J.Z., 28.9.02. This
list does not include the supplementary entries since 2002. For better sorting and to find duplicate entries more
easily, the secondary catchwords and references to related terms have been moved to

the end of most quotes. The
initial quotation marks have also been eliminated but the automatic sort system still sorts wrongly according to
other first symbols after the first catch
-
word, e.g. (&), (…), (,), (:), (,) and (
-
). I do not know how to avoid t
hat
except by manually shifting around the mis
-
sorted entries.


J.Z., 11..08.


Bachelors

Back

Back
-
off

Back
-
seat driving

Back stabbing

Bad example

Bahaism

Bakunin

Balance

Balance of Payment

Balance of Power

Balance of Trade

Banking

Bankruptcy

Ban the Bo
mb

Barbarism

Bargaining

Bargaining Power

Barriers

Barter

Battle for Men's Minds

Battleship

Be Yourself

Being

Beaten Path

Beehive View

Begging

Beginning

Behaviourism

Belief

Believers, True

Be
-
like
-
me
-
ness

Belonging

Beneficiaries

Benefits

Benevolence

Berlin
Wall

Best vs. Good

Best

Betrayal

Better Way

Betting

Be Yourself

Biarchy

Bible

Big Brother

Big Business

Big Government

Big Ideas

Big Lie

Bill of Rights

Biological Warfare

Bi
-
partisan

Birth Control

Bitterness

Black

Black Market

Blame

Blindness, Intellectual

Blindness

Blood Bank

Bloodshed

Bludgers

Blueprints

Boards

Bodyguards

Boldness

Bonds

Bolshevism

Bombs

Bondage

Book Burnings

Books

Borders

Boredom

Born Again

Borrowing

Boss

Bossism

Boundaries

Bourgeoisie

Boxers/Boxing

Boycott

Brain Drain

Brainpower

Brains

Br
ands

Bread

Breaking Free

Breeding

Bribery

Brinkmanship

British

Broadcasting

Brothels

Brotherhood

Brushfire War

Buddhism

Budget

Building Codes

Bullying

Bungling

Burdens

Bureaucracy

Business

Busing

Busy
-
bodies

Butter

Buy Australian?

Buying/Buy

BYOM


This co
mpilation, once it is finished, as far as I can do it on my own, may be the biggest collection of pro
-
freedom
sayings ever. But one person cannot complete it. Help to bring it towards completion. Use your PC & e
-
mail and
disks for this and do not monopolis
e your own collection, although you may proudly offer it separately as well.
Swap and add your collections via e
-
mail and disks and grant each other permission to copy quotes and comments.
Work towards the combined wisdom of mankind in this respect. The fi
nished work could become one of our most
powerful "weapons".
-

J.Z., 28.9.02.

B

BABIES: How much dirt do babies and infants have to come into contact with to train up their immune system
properly?
-

J.Z., 25.10.97. A sterile environment may be the worst th
at we can provide them with. One anecdotal
"evidence": Many years ago, I head the story of a widower wood cutter with a small child. He went bush with it,
for long periods and fed himself and it largely on dampers and tea. The kid grubbed around, while dad

worked and
supplemented this "diet" by eating many kinds of plants, insects and worms
-

and grew up healthy and strong. I
also read a report that very young children that were sick, were offered the choice between scientifically designed
diets, their pare
nt's offer and other food and, in the majority of cases, obviously without previous knowledge and
scientific reasoning, they tended to pick and eat precisely the kind of food that did them the most good
-

and it
wasn't what the scientists and mum and dad h
ad offered! Recently, I read a report that even some animals do pick
and choose some (for them) extraordinary foods which help them against some of their sicknesses. There were
many reports that breast
-
feeding is superior in results to bottle feeding. Are
the scientifically designed bottled and
tinned baby foods and very clean and disinfected homes really the best that can be offered them?
-

J.Z., 26.1.02.


Admittedly, today kids and even adults do often get side
-
tracked by junk foods.


J.Z., 12.11.08.
-

INFANTS,
IMMUNE SYSTEM, INDIVIDUAL CHOICE, SELF
-
DETERMINATION, CHILDREN'S RIGHTS, DIETS,
ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, HYGIENE, CLEANLINESS, DIRT

BACHELORS: No special tax burden on bachelors. Under freedom there would be no tax discrimination against
people livin
g single. Moreover, there would be no taxes at all. To do away with this kind of discrimination
according to marital status would be one of the most convenient first steps to do away with all taxes. If this
discrimination were rightful then it would also b
e rightful if married people would have to pay less for goods and
services. J.Z. ( I do not consider this to be a slogan for liberty but, rather, an advertisement seeking one on this
subject.
-

J.Z. ) Another try: Bachelors have the same right to their ful
l earnings as married men and women have.
J.Z., 7.4.94.
-

SINGLES, DISCRIMINATION, DIVORCEES, TAXATION, SINGLE WOMEN

BACK:
Get off my back
!"
-

Common saying.

BACK
-
OFF!
-

Common saying against those infringing your sphere.

BACK
-
SEAT DRIVING: ... people for
ever concocting designs for the rest of us..."
-

Leonard E. Read,
Let
Freedom Reign
, p.40.

BACK
-
SEAT DRIVING: Millions of people are afflicted with the back
-
seat driver syndrome, and this is freedom's
widespread and persistent enemy. Thus, if freedom be ou
r destination, then the prevalent itch to do back
-
seat
driving ought to be restrained. But this bad habit isn't curable until we recognize that a driver, regardless of
competence, can drive better when left to his own resources than when confused by instru
ctions from behind. In
automobiles, back
-
seat drivers range all the way from the kindly advisor to a thug with a gun in your back. In
society, back
-
seat drivers range all the way from 'friendly', unsolicited instructors, to associational resolutions, to
ed
icts by both private and public bodies backed by force, some legal and some not."
-

L. E. Read,
Let Freedom
Reign
, p.33.

BACKSTABBING: We need the maximum of back
-
stabbing by politicians and against politicians
-

so that these
evil and dangerous men would
wipe themselves out. However, like the monarchs of old, who killed off their
competitors, politicians do that only to gain temporarily more power to themselves. By depriving them of all
political powers over non
-
consenting victims, we would back
-
stab them
all. Only those could remain who would
provide their money's worth as managers, magicians, entertainers or preachers to willing customers.
-

J.Z. 23.6.93,
1.4.94.

-

OF POLITICIANS

BAD EXAMPLE: The bad example which one free person affords another as a 'sca
ndalum acceptum' is not an
infringement of his rights."
-

I. Kant,
Perpetual Peace
, 346; Beck 89.

BAHAISM: A religion which disagrees with all other religions in preaching the agreement of all religions.”
-

L. A.
Rollins,
Lucifer's Lexicon
.

BAILOUTS: Back
in 1990, the Government seized the Mustang Ranch brothel in Nevada for tax evasion and, as
required by law, tried to run it. They failed and it closed. Now we are trusting the economy of our country and our
banking system to the same nit
-
wits who couldn’t
make money running a whore house and selling whiskey.”


Send by Mark Tier, 24.2.09.

BAILOUTS: Who is going to bail out the tax payers and the involuntary investor in government “securities” and
the victims of the government’s inflation of its forced and e
xclusive currency?


J.Z. 24.2.09.

BAKUNIN: Bakunin was too much of a Marxist to be a good Bakunist.
-

J.Z., 14.11.92.
-

While he distanced
himself politically from Marx, he failed to do so economically.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.

BALANCE OF PAYMENTS: ...
permit cur
rency rates to float freely without official pegs. So long as we have no
commitment to sell gold or anything else, including foreign currencies, at a fixed dollar price, we can have no
balance
-

of
-

payments problem
."
-

Milton Friedman,
An Economist's Pr
otest
, XV.

BALANCE OF PAYMENTS:
I export wine worth 40 francs from Bordeaux, where it is recorded as an export of
40 francs. My agent in Liverpool sells it for 60 francs. He then buys coal worth 60 francs, when I import and which
is so recorded in Bordeaux

as an import of 60 francs. France now has a negative balance of payments of 20 francs.
I sell the coal for 80 francs; excluding transaction payments, I am nearly 40 francs richer, the country is richer, yet
has a negative balance of payments
."
-

Bastiat,
1840.
-

Here the same idea in another translation or in a similar
passage
: "I sent 40 francs worth of wine from Bordeaux, where it is recorded as an export, to Liverpool. There my
agent sells it for 60 francs and buys for me 60 francs worth of coal; this I

import into Bordeaux, where it is
recorded. The balance of trade shows 40 francs worth of goods outwards, and 60 francs worth inward, a negative
trade balance. I sell the coal for 80 francs, profit to me and the country of 40 francs, from a negative balan
ce of
trade, how improvident! Had my wine ship sunk outside the harbour, we would have exported 40 francs of goods
and imported none, a positive balance of trade and surely a good thing in an export drive. How provident
!"
-

Now,
here is a good and concise
refutation of the whole "balance of trade and payments" notion and it is already over 1
1/2 centuries old. But
-

has it had any effect on public opinion or even upon most economists? Complaints about
the supposedly lacking "balance of payments and trade" g
o on and on, with the usual protectionist consequences.
Fallacies and prejudices will continue to rule the world
-

until individuals and minorities become finally free to opt
out from under them.
-

The actual balance of trade and payments is achieved autom
atically, through self
-
interested
traders, operating for mutual profit, but it is almost never achieved bilaterally, for whole two countries, but only
multilaterally and averages out over a period, with no all
-
over and absolute balance achieved, for all ec
onomies,
down to the last penny. Some credits and debits will exist at any time, on one side or the other.
-

That is part of the
nature of trading.
-

Ulrich von Beckerath used to say that balance of trade and balance of payment deficits exist
only in flawe
d statistics and flawed minds.
-

All trade, by its very nature, tends towards win
-
win arrangements, not
conquests and robberies.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.

BALANCE OF POWER: It is like attempting to balance pyramids on their tips, i.e., trying to balance the surviva
l
and liberties of the population of a territorial State, with compulsory membership, on the more or less ignorant,
prejudiced and unbalanced minds of its rulers
-

against other such precarious "balances". Only exterritorially
autonomous communities of vol
unteers can be stable and peaceful because they are based on individual consent
and consumer satisfaction in sufficiently unanimous communities and tend to grant ignorant, prejudiced and "great
leader" types no power over others, They maximise defensive an
d minimise aggressive urges. They maximise
tolerance for tolerant actions and have the potential to withdraw all manpower and resources from territorial
governments, while satisfying all rightful national, ideological, religious, ethnic, racial, cultural a
spirations.
-

J.Z.,
1.4.94, 27.9.02.
-

PANARCHISM

BALANCE OF POWER: Territorial policies have never achieved and kept a balance of power and cannot achieve
it. Just look at the record of wars and revolutions under this supposed "Realpolitik".
-

J.Z. 15.5.
92.
-

PANARCHISM

BALANCE OF POWER:
The balance that keeps the peace is more fragile than I like to think about
."
-

Poul
Anderson,
The Byworlder
, p. 66.

BALANCE OF TERROR:
The 'balance of terror'
-

which is nothing but an exquisitely rationalized social
com
mitment to a policy of genocide
-

has entrenched itself in the economy, the morality and the psychology of our
society

…;”
-

Theodore Roszak,
On Academic Delinquency
, in:
The Dissenting Academy
, ed. by Theodor Roszak,
Pelican, 19.
-

MAD, MUTUAL ASSURED DES
TRUCTION, NUCLEAR STRENGTH POLICY, GENOCIDE,
ATOMIC WEAPONS, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, DETERRENCE

BALANCE OF TRADE: All the buys and all the sales must equal each other. All the more so when full monetary
and financial freedom is involved and provides for the pa
rticipants the ability to pay with their own kinds of means
of payment or clearing, up to their own ability to provide immediately, or on terms, wanted goods and services to
others.


J.Z., 23.3.03.
-

INTERNATIONAL TRADE, FREE TRADE

BALANCE OF TRADE: Any t
rade, by its very nature, is automatically not only in balance but profitable for all
sides, with the few bankruptcies and frauds and accidents swallowed up as costs of trading. No trader trades in
order to lose. If one sums up all the profits and losses o
f all sides, all will tend to show a balance of profits from all
internal and external trades. Those who do not show a profit balance tend to go out of business, soon, voted out by
their customers. Those who show a profit, remain, voted in by their custome
rs. A correct all
-
over balance sheet
does not exist and cannot exist. Those which are attempted, do not include e.g. the profits from smuggling, from
work at home, from children bartering with each other etc., etc.
-

J.Z., 1.4.94.

BALANCE OF TRADE:
Buying
is bartering, and no nation can buy goods of others that has none of her own to
purchase with
..."
-

Bernard Mandeville,
The Fable of the Bees
;
or, Private Vices, Public Benefits

(1714), an attack
on social restraint of individuals, p 138/9.
-

The literatur
e of liberty is so incompletely published that I have never
seen a copy of this work!
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.

BALANCE: Balance ... It's what distinguishes a people from a mob."
-

Frank Herbert,
Children of Dune
,
ANALOG, 1/76, p. 41.
-

The "people" of territorial
States are inherently unbalanced. Only those of exterritorially
autonomous volunteer communities live in balance with each other rather than in a form of civil war.
-

J.Z., 1.4.94.

-

JUDGEMENT, MATURITY, MASS, REASON, WISDOM, HARMONY, PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE

BAN THE BOMB: Disgust with taxes is not enough to get rid of them. One has to know how to do without them.
It's just the same with the bomb.
-

J.Z. 19.7.73.
-

There are effective libertarian defence and war prevention
strategies as there are effective volu
ntary taxation and tax strike proposals. They ought to be studied and applied,
rather than ignored.
-

J.Z., 1.4.94.
-

My ABC Against Nuclear War is now digitised & available by e
-
mail.
-

J.Z.,
27.9.02.

BANKERS: Ever met a banker who had written or read a b
ook about free banking?


J.Z., 29.9.08.

BANKERS: One cannot learn much, or even anything, about free banking and full monetary freedom from most
modern bankers. Almost all of them adhere to the school of monetary despotism.


J.Z., 11.2.99.


Exploration
of
the alternatives to it is usually not even a hobby among them.


J.Z., 29.9.08.

BANKERS:
The banker began to think the money in the vault is his
.”


Michael Green, 28.12.90.

BANKERS: They tend to be “good” at boom times, making then highly speculative i
nvestments, at great profits to
themselves. But in times of recessions or depressions or even deflation and severe currency shortages their often
careless “investments” turn out to be largely mal
-
investments. Then they hope that governments will bail them
out,
once again, at the expense of the taxpayers. Few of them could stand, in the long run, quite free competition from
honest, careful and rational bankers, who would take all the timing risks into consideration and balance all the
money they invest with
the deposits their receive, the withdrawals and the repayment of their debtors. Now the
government tends to protect them from such competition. They have also never learnt the business of sound note
issues and rely in this respect on the quite unreliable a
nd untrustworthy central bank. Are they, in most cases, really
genuine professionals or, rather, all too often merely insufficiently informed and all too careless “practical” men, or
mere administrators of the governments monetary and financial despotism?
How many bankers have, in recent
times, ever written a book on free banking or read any of the books on this subject or showed any interest in them?
I know only of one and he was not highly regarded by his colleagues. As a professional class I can respect
them as
little as I can e.g. most teachers, lecturers and writers in the “social sciences”, journalists, lawyers, psychologists,
politicians, bureaucrats, union functionaries, parliamentary representatives and ministers and all too many quite
orthodox medi
cal men


beyond the limits of their really working orthodox knowledge and skills.


Perhaps we
should ask for a comparison between the earnings of bank directors and the earnings they provided for their
investors with the losses they helped to cause them,

directly or as taxpayers or inflation or deflation or stagflation
victims?


In what percentage of the cases would such comparisons turn out favorably for them?


And how much
better, if at all, are the average private financial investment advisors or bro
kers in our times? J.Z., 14.12.97,
28.9.08.

BANKING:
Clearly, there could be no easier, more flexible, less interfering method of joining ability to capital
than to allow the savers and the enterprisers freely to meet and make their own arrangements for lo
ans. Note that
it is not a proposal to create money: It proposes only that the existing money should be allowed to be freely lent
."
-

Henry Meulen, THE INDIVIDUALIST, 6/75.
-

SAVINGS BANKS, LOANS, CREDIT, CAPITAL MARKET,
FINANCING

BANKING:
If the American

people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation
and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them, will deprive the people of their
property until their children will wake up homeless o
n the continent their fathers conquered
.”
-

Thomas Jefferson
-

He, too, did not distinguish, here, between the issue of legal tender money and that of free
-
market
-
rated and
optional money, really private and free banks and governmentally privileged banks.
-

J.Z., 26.3.04.


But
somewhere else he said: "
I deny the power of the general government to making paper money, or anything else a
legal tender
."
-

Thomas Jefferson.


Perhaps his best remark on this subject. However, he should have added “or
any of the
state governments”.


Moreover, aware that all governments had usurped and abused such powers, he
should have said: I deny the right of anyone to make anything a legal tender in general circulation. Legal tender
should, juridically, only apply to the issue
rs.


J.Z., 5.1.08.


Apparently, he was not always aware that only banks
with an issue monopoly and the legal tender privilege for their monies can cause problems like inflations and
deflations. Freely competing private banks, whose notes are optional and

market rated, cannot cause such wrongs.
Perhaps only Pelatiah Webster, the first American economist, had largely correct ideas about money at that time. I
micro
-
fiched his 1789 essay:
Not Worth a Continental
, a critique of forced currency, and his 1791 bo
ok:
Political
Essays, On the Nature and Operation of Money, Public Finance and Other Subjects
.


FEE reproduced the former
short essay. But has anyone digitized this book as yet?
-

J.Z., 4.1.08.
-

FREE BANKING VS. CENTRAL
BANKING, MONETARY FREEDOM VS. MONE
TARY DESPOTISM, LEGAL TENDER MONEY VS. FREE
-
MARKET RATED MONEY, DIS.

BANKING: You can no longer bank on bankers. They can neither give you the highest interest, nor a safe
investment, nor credit when you need it, nor protect you from inflation or credit re
strictions, nor from tax raids by
governments, nor from prying eyes of bureaucrats. They have let the capital market become over
-
regulated. They
know nothing about note
-
issuing banking. They help the government to "invest" part of your savings in
governmen
tal "insecurities". You can rely on them only in one respect: They will firmly resist, together with the
government, all your attempts to get into competition with them, opening e.g., competitive note
-
issuing and bond
issuing banks or clearing banks which
practise free banking under the principles and practices of monetary and
financial freedom.
-

J.Z., in PEACE PLANS 29, slightly revised, 20.4,94
-

Free Banking, Banking Principle, Bank
Notes, Monetary Freedom and Monetary Despotism: A separate, long but st
ill very incomplete alphabetical
compilation of arguments, theories and facts on these and related subjects, which is prepared for a separate
handbook, can now be found on:
www.butterbach.net/freebank.ht
m

-

J.Z.

BANKNOTES: Banknotes should not be merely shares in the capital assets of a bank.


J.Z., 11.9.98. The slogan
“debt
-
free money” makes sense only in this respect.
-

For sound shares and other capital certificates there exists a
separate capital ma
rket, which can be quite sound


in the absence of any government meddling. “Honest like a
broker” did once mean something. Today the taxpayers are forced to make up for all too many of the wrongs and
mistakes occurring in the capital market, which are mai
nly due to various governmental interventions, passed in
great ignorance and under many prejudices but usually with the best intentions.


J.Z., 26.9.08.


ASSET
CURRENCIES, STOCK EXCHANGES, FINANCIAL FREEDOM

BANKRUPTCIES: There should not only be procedur
es for financial but also for intellectual bankruptcy
declarations.


J.Z., 30.12.93.


One method to achieve that is the electronic “argument mapping” advocated by
Paul Monk et al on line.


And encyclopedia of the best refutations or errors, myths, preju
dices and fallacies that
are obstacles to progress, placed online in WIKIPEDIA fashion and offered on disk, if already somewhat useful,
would be one other approach of many.


J.Z., 17.908.


REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOP
A
EDIA,
INTELLECTUALS, WRITERS, PUBLIC OPINION
, ENLIGHTENMENT, EDUCATION, LECTURERS, DIS.
RED.

BANKRUPTCY OF GOVERNMENTS: …
the major debtors in the world ( government bodies ) are financially
extended beyond the point of no return, ... as issuers of fiat money they have gone stark raving mad
."
-

ERC
WORLD ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE, Canada, 15.10.75.
-

Whatever enlightenment that newsletter has to offer
will not spread widely enough as long as it is priced high out of reach of most people.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.

BANKRUPTCY:
A beggar can never be bankrupt
."
-

Clar
ke, 1639.
-

Hyman Quotes, p. 255. He
is

bankrupt,
permanently, until he becomes productive. How many people have been turned into beggars or charity cases by
government actions? How many beggars would remain if governments were abolished and how many bankr
uptcies
would still occur then?
-

J.Z. 1.4.94.

BANKRUPTCY: Anyone who has to levy his creditors in order to "pay" his bills is as bankrupt as the government
is.
-

J.Z., 9/2/76, 30/7/78.
-

Nevertheless, most people still trust this debtor, who has never ful
filled his promises
and discharged all his debts
-

and continue to vote for him and pay for his antics and listen with interest to the
squabbles at the Court. Austrians joked about it by saying: Governments never go bankrupt. Only its creditors do..
-

J.Z.
, 27.9.02.
-

GOVERNMENT SPENDING

BANKRUPTCY: Bankrupt the looters. Drive governments into liquidation!
-

J.Z., 31.7.75, 30.7.78.

BANKRUPTCY:
Bankruptcy laws, which discharge a debt in defiance of the property rights of the creditor,
virtually confer a lice
nse to steal upon the debtor. In the pre
-
modern era, the defaulting debtor was generally
treated as a thief and forced to pay as he acquired income. Doubtless, the penalty of imprisonment went far beyond
proportional punishment and hence was excessive; but

at least the old legal ways placed responsibility where it
belonged: on the debtor to fulfil his contractual obligations
..."
-

Rothbard,
The Ethics of Liberty
, p.142.
-

Claims to
legal tender money should not lead to bankruptcies, unless the debtors contr
actually obliged themselves to supply
such means of payment. No one should be declared bankrupt who is able and willing to pay his debts through
clearing, e.g. by transferable vouchers, in money denominations, upon his own goods and services, at rates sett
led
by agreement or free market rates for such alternative means of payment and clearing options. The legal right of
debtors to demand legal tender money from debtors should be abolished, together with the legal right of debtors to
force legal tender money

upon unwilling creditors.
-

J.Z., 1.4.94.

BANKRUPTCY: Let's bankrupt all governments and drive them out of business, forever.
-

J.Z., 19.4.94.

BANKS: Banks offer all kinds of fancy services now, e.g. telephonic and computerized banking, but no longer
quit
e basic and sound services, like e.g. sound banknote issues or high interest bearing deposits based upon quite
sound and highly productive investments.


But then they, too, are victims of the government’s laws of monetary
and financial despotism. Insofar
they cannot rightly be exclusively blamed.


But how often, if at all, did they raise
their voices for full monetary and financial freedom?
-

J.Z., 14.1.98, 29.9.08.

BANKS: Judging by the numerous economic and financial crises reports all too many banks or

bankers seem to be
specializing on making bad loans and expect depositors or taxpayers to suffer their losses in these loans or to make
up for them. The estimate for bad loans in Japan came, according to THE AUSTRALIAN, 14.1.98, to A $ 600
billion! To mak
e bad loans to that extent requires either a large degree of incompetence or corruption or
criminality. According to some other recent source that I read, many of these loans were to enterprises run by the
Japanese mafia
-

and are unlikely ever to be repaid
. In these cases the banks were either robbed or blackmailed.


Safe as a bank? Under constant inflation and frequent credit restrictions?


Under threat by organized crime
syndicates?
-

J.Z., 29.9.08.

BARBARISM: ...
it was a motto of Lenin that 'barbarism

must be met with barbarism.' As far back as 1901 the
foremost of the Bolsheviks had written: 'In principle we have never renounced, and cannot renounce terrorism
...'"
-

Stanton A. Coblentz,
The Long Road to Humanity
, p.406.
-

So say barbarians about those

who attempt to resist
them. As if e.g., Greeks, Romans, Persians & other semi
-
civilised people had found it impossible to gain barbarian
allies and auxiliaries and to influence them, in the long run.
-

J.Z., 1.7.92.
-

But were civilisation or enlightenmen
t
among the few advanced people ever given their optimal chance to freely demonstrate what they have to offer, via
their own volunteer communities that are exterritorially quite autonomous?
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.
-

PANARCHISM,
EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM

B
ARBARISM: ...
redirect the energies of the barbarians
..."
-

Poul Anderson,
Maurai & Kith
, p.92. Grant them
exterritorial autonomy for all their creative and their merely self
-
destructive efforts and they will be turned off
insurrections, terrorism, revolut
ions and conquests.
-

J.Z. 6.4.91.
-

When freed to engage in their hobbies,
experiments and ideological spleens, ignorance and prejudices
-

but only at the own expense and risk and that of
their voluntary followers, they will be so busy with their utopias
that they will have no time, energy and means left
to act aggressively towards others. The numerous communist & collectivist utopias of the early America did
rapidly refute their beliefs and thereupon gave up their experiments. Only nationalising such ide
as and practices
and supporting them by compulsory taxation and laws has kept alive. Allow their victims to secede to do their own
things to and for themselves!
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.


INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, UTOPIAS, PANARCHISM

BARBARISM: … we clothe our barb
arisms in politeness and call them civilized.”


Arthur Hailey,
In High
Places
, p. 306.
-

CIVILIZATION, EUPHEMISMS, COLLATERAL DAMAGE, NUCLEAR DEFENCE,
NUCLEAR STRENGTH, NUCLEAR DETERRENCE, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, LANGUAGE, PROPAGANDA,
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

BARBA
RISM:
Another painfully significant symptom is the equanimity with which the twentieth century public
responds to written accounts and even to photographs and moving pictures of slaughter and atrocity. By way of
excuse it may be urged that during the last
twenty years, people have been supped so full of horrors, that horrors
no longer excite either their pity for the victims of their indignation against the perpetrators. But the fact of
indifference remains, and because nobody bothers about horrors, yet mor
e horrors are perpetrated
.”
-

Aldous
Huxley,
Ends and Means
, p. 7, first published 1937. Our newspapers rather show, e.g., pictures of smiling Bosnian
Serbs, victorious during 'armistices', rather than the remaining shreds of their victims, or of those of
the other side.
-

J.Z., 19.4.94, 27.9.02.
-

On the other hand, the horrors of war were never enough to stop wars but rather promoted
further atrocities. Such negative feedback can only be ended by better ideas and practices on promoting peace,
rights and l
iberties.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.
-

ATROCITIES, CRUELTIES, STATISM, SUBORDINATION, WAR,
NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY

BARBARISM:
Barbarism has its earmarks, and the acquisition of property through conquest or superior force is
notably one of them
.
"
-

Edward P. Scharfenberger, quoted in THE FREEMAN, Aug.74. By that standard the
governments, everywhere, are the greatest barbaric force.
-

J.Z., 1.4.94.


GOVERNMENTS, TERRITORIALISM,
TAXATION, VOLUNTARY TAXATION

BARBARISM:
Each new generation is a new
invasion of barbarians
."
-

Source?
-

CHILDREN, EDUCATION,
SCHOOLS

BARBARISM:
How may we decide whether a person is trapped at the barbaric level or has ascended to the
human level? There are many ways, but this simple test in economics should suffice: does

an individual believe that
one man's gain is another's loss
?"
-

L. E. Read,
Who's Listening
? p.41.
-

Much work remains to be done to provide
rapid testing facilities to discover the degrees of barbarism remaining in our contacts, e.g., by sets of a few sh
ort &
significant questions and by drafting optimal classification schemes to indicate flawed and correct ideological
positions.
-

The all
-
over approach to the problem would require e.g. an encyclopaedia of the best refutations for
popular errors, myths an
d prejudices, one of definitions, one of optimal wordings, an Ideas Archive, a Talent
Registry and a growing Encyclopaedia of Slogans for Liberty.
-

Does he favour tyrannicide or collective
responsibility of his victims for his actions? Does he oppose or f
avour individual rights, especially in economics?
Does he favour or oppose individual secessionism, voluntary taxation, free banking and exterritorial autonomy?
-

Alas, such questions might reveal that the vast majority must still be classed among the barb
arians and that
situation will not change rapidly unless we make the fullest possible use of all the affordable tools to speed up the
process of enlightenment and automate it as far as is possible.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.
-

GAIN, LOSS, TRADE, PROFIT,
UNEARNED INC
OME, INTEREST, MONOPOLIES, CLASSIFICATION SCHEMES, Q., ENCYCLOPAEDIA
OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS, IDEAS ARCHIVE ETC.

BARBARISM:
Niebuhr was right when he saw a barbaric age coming. it already has arrived. We are in the
middle of it, for what is barbarism other
wise than the non
-
recognition of excellence
?"
-

Johann Eckermann, 1831,
in:
Gespraeche mit Goethe
.
-

Just try to add up
-

and publish, permanently and cheaply, all the good libertarian
ideas, plans and projects that are still all too widely ignored, even b
y most libertarians.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.

BARBARISM: One of the characteristics of barbarism is the low regard for the rights of the person and property."
... “… serious crime in the U.S. increased by 17% in 1974, the largest increase in 14 years."
-

PROGRESS,

5/76.

CRIME, PROPERTY RIGHTS

BARBARISM: The barbarians of our times are armed with mass extermination devices.
-

J.Z., 10.7.82.
-

And still
some require "proof" that this is the case or insist upon non
-
intervention towards them, as if one could only
inte
rvene by attacking their victims rather than effectively and rightfully liberating them.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.
-

INHUMANITY, APATHY, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT

BARBARISM:
The barbarians who overran Rome came from without. Ours are home products, traine
d and
suitably brainwashed and conditioned at public expense
."
-

Mulcolm Muggeridge, READER’S DIGEST, Nov. 76.



BARBARISM:
The Barbarism of our time is the more appalling because so many people are not really appalled
by it
."
-

Herbert J. Muller,
Freedom

in the Modern World
, Dec. 9, 1922, quoted in READER’S DIGEST., July 66.

BARBARISM:
The Roman Empire was assaulted by foreign barbarians; we breed our own
."
-

Dean Inge.
-

EDUCATION, SCHOOLS

BARBARISM:
Those fragments of culture and liberty which mankind,

or some sections of mankind, did
laboriously acquire or conquer, are continuously threatened by large waves of barbarism, arising from almost
everywhere, from almost all other peoples
.”
-

Charles Peguy,
Our Fatherland
, unpublished sequel, NOUVAUX
REVUE FR
ANCAISE, 1.7.1939.
-

Free trade, free migration, free enterprise, honest, free and competitive
currencies, free transfers of land titles and exterritorial autonomy for volunteer communities as well as other
liberties and rights, widely practised and effect
ively defended by volunteer militias, can, in combination, civilise
the barbarians and defend us against them.
-

J.Z., n.d.

BARGAINING POWER: Bargaining power is a contradiction in terms.
-

J.Z., 7.2.75.
-

Even with only a single
dollar to spend or not to
spend, I, too, have "bargaining power" towards the largest corporation, for any of its $ 1
sales offers. The combined bargaining power of the employees, over a long period, exceeds that of the large
capitalists that they work for. But as long as they imagi
ne themselves poor they will not make a bargain purchase
take
-
over bid for the enterprise that they work in. Their words and ideas are their own worst enemies. The vague
term "power" or "economic power" is used to either overestimate the "power" of others
or to under
-
estimate the
own.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.

BARGAINING: ...
the bargainer who seeks to optimise the gains of each member of a group can become richer
than the opponent
-

mind who seeks to optimise his personal gain by minimising the gains of others
."
-

Donald
Kingsbury,
Courtship Rite
, ANALOG, March 29,1982.
-

TRADE, MUTUAL PROFIT, PROFIT, SELF
-
INTEREST

BARGAINING: Man is an animal that makes bargains; no other animal does this


no dog exchanges bones with
another.”


Adam Smith, quoted in A. Andrews Qu
otations, p. 284.

BARGAINING:
There is no way to bargain with evil. You have to fight it
-

even to death
."
-

Morris West,
Proteus
,
78.
-

You do not fight it by holding innocents collectively responsible for it. The enemy or aggressor must be
properly defin
ed and countered. Bargain with victims rather than with victimisers. Start by no longer recognising
the victimisers and recognising the basic human rights of their victims, e.g., when they manage to escape and seek
freedom
under their own rules, anywhere
.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.
-

ASYLUM, REFUGEES, RESISTANCE,
GOVERNMENTS IN EXILE, ENEMY, DICTATORSHIPS, TYRANNICIDE, LIBERATION, PANARCHISM.

COMPROMISE, APPEASEMENT, NEGOTIATIONS, DIPLOMACY

BARRIERS:
Government barriers to exchange are rapidly confining us in a priso
n 'from sea to shining sea'."
-

Joan Mary Leonard, THE FREEMAN, 3/77.
-

PROTECTIONISM, EXCHANGE, RESTRICTIONS, LAWS,
REGULATIONS, LICENCING, PERMITS, CONTROLS.

BARRIERS:
The surest sign than an aristocracy exists is the discovery of barriers against change
, curtains of iron
or steel or stone or of any substance which excludes the new, the different
."
-

Frank Herbert,
God Emperor of
Dune
, p.295.
-

CHANGE, ARISTOCRACY, RESTRICTIONS, INNOVATIONS, PROGRESS

BARTER ECONOMY:
Until recently, the irregular economy h
as been primarily based on cash, but now barter,
often easier to conceal from the state, is growing rapidly. Hundreds of barter clubs are being formed around the
country. Some, using plastic cards, record complex transactions among thousands of members who

contribute to
and draw from a pool of services. A dentist “pays” services to other members and “withdraws” meals, legal
services and the like
.”
-

Richard C. Cornuelle,
Healing America
, G.

P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1983, p. 148.
-

BLACK ECONOMY, UNDERGRO
UND ECONOMY, CLEARING ECONOMY

BARTER: The fact that some swaps are easy, when, where and for whom the occasion arises, should not deceive
us about the fact that to arrange for the satisfaction of most to all of our hundreds to thousands of wants, through
p
rimitive barter would be enormously difficult to impossible. The few easy barter cases are like the rare large
lottery wins.


J.Z. 11.10.88, 3.4.94.


However, an advanced kind of “barter”, of goods and services, for goods
and services, through highly dev
eloped clearing, with or without clearing certificates or private and competitively
supplied money tokens, redeemed by their issuers only in their own goods and services, would be very superior to
exchange media and value standard of national central banks

of issue, whose notes have been given legal tender
power ( compulsory acceptance at a fictitious and forced value ). Compare the monetary freedom compilation:
www.butterbach.net/freebank.htm

-

CENTRAL
BANKING, MONETARY FREEDOM, CLEARING,
VALUE STANDARDS, FREE BANKING, MONEY, CURRENCY, ISSUE MONOPOLY, LEGAL TENDER,
FREE MARKET RATED & OPTIONAL & COMPETITIVE PRIVATE CURRENCIES ETC.

BATF:
Bad Attitude Towards Freedom
.”


Anonymous

BATTLE FOR MEN'S MINDS?
...
my head turns to whoever attracts me. The so
-
called battle for men's minds is
commonly thought to be an injection process. Unless ideas can be forcibly transplanted, this is false and, thus, is a
do
-
nothing procedure
."
-

Leonard E. Read,
Let Freedom Re
ign,

p.103.
-

But to plant an idea in a proper market
place for ideas, where it can be easily found by those few seeking it now or later, is a voluntarist and trading
approach that would work. A proper market for ideas, knowledge and talents does not yet e
xist. It is the kind of
market that is most urgently needed. In the meantime, plant your ideas and talents, and your searches for them, at
least onto microfiche, floppy disks, CDs, e
-
mail & online.


J.Z., 3.4.94.
-

IDEAS, INJECTION OF IDEAS,
NUREMBERG FUN
NEL, EDUCATION, IDEAS ARCHIVE, DIS.

BATTLESHIP: The German "Schlachtschiff" ( “slaughter ship “) is more aptly named: "A ship to slaughter human
beings."


It made it possible to do so safely from a distance, with very big and long
-
reaching guns.
-

By now,

with
bombs and rockets, these movable monstrous murder machines can also be relatively easily destroyed. When was
the last one built?


J.Z., 20.12.82. 8.11.08.

BE YOURSELF!
A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and, if he does not love solitu
de, he will not
love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free
."
-

Schopenhauer.
-

Hermites never fully develop
their individual human potential. For that at frequent exchanges of opinions, in one form or the other, are required
and m
ust persist
-

for a long time. Interestingly, according to one report, the people who were sufficiently hugged,
at least during their youths, tend to develop into better human beings.
-

J.Z., 3.4.94.
-

ALONE

BE YOURSELF:
It is a magnificent thing to be the

sole proprietor of yourself. It is a terrible thing to wake up at
night and say, 'There is nobody in this bed'. It is humiliating to know that your ideas are all borrowed; that you are
indebted to your memory for your principles; that your religion is sim
ply one of your habits and that you would
have convictions if they were only contagious
. (*)
It is mortifying to feel that you belong to a mental mob and cry
'crucify him', because the others do; that you reap what the great and brave have sown, and that y
ou can benefit
the world only by leaving it
."
-

Robert G. Ingersoll, in Sprading, 277.


(*) Only if they were contagious?


J.Z.
-

SELF
-
OWNERSHIP, INDIVIDUALITY, SELF
-
RELIANCE, ORIGINALITY, EGO & HIS OWN,
PERSONALITY, UNIQUENESS, SECOND
-
HANDER

BE YOURSELF
:
To be himself in this world, a man must fight all those who would not let him be himself
."
-

Con
Sellers, Mr. Tomorrow, p.159.
-

SELF
-
REALISATION, RESISTANCE, INDIVIDUALISM, MAN, FREEDOM

BE YOURSELF:
You have your life in your own hand. Do not entrust it

to anybody else, least of all to the
Fuehrers you elected. BE YOURSELF! Many great men have told you so
."
-

Wilhelm Reich,
Listen, Little Man!
, p.
76.
-

Leadership, Self
-
Development

BE YOURSELF:
You must learn to be yourselves
, ..."
-

Herman Hesse,
Zarath
ustra's Return
, 1919.

BEATEN PATH:
To find a better way, one must depart the beaten path
."
-

Leonard E. Read,
Who's Listening
?
183.
-

IDEAS, CHANGE, REFORMS, SECESSIONISM, ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS, PANARCHISM,
EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, UTOPISM, DOING ONE’S OW
N THING

BEAUTY:
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not
.”
-

Ralph Waldo Emerson


One does not have to be beautiful outside or inside but one has to carry the idea of
something beautiful in one’s mi
nd.


J.Z., 23.1.08.

BEEHIVE VIEW: Implicit in this beehive view is that men exist who are competent to form the ways and shape of
the lives of human beings by the millions. The belief is
-

and has to be
-

that there are those who not only can
rightly deci
de what is best for all of us but who can prescribe the details as to how the best that is in us can be
realized."
-

Leonard E. Read,

Let Freedom Reign
.
-

DECISION, LEADERSHIP, PLANNING, POLITICS, SELF
-
DETERMINATION, LIVING THE OWN LIFE, SELF
-
OWNERSHIP

BEG
GING: ... every beggar on the street, through his/her entirely legitimate action of asking the owner of
resources for a gift of them, is saying terrible (and terribly accurate) things about a system in which resources are
taken by violence from their owner
s and given to
-

beggars."
-

Robert Brakeman, OPTION MAGAZINE, 6/77.
-

A
beggar gives me the option to refuse, the taxman does not. To that extent the State's parasites, favourites and
extortionists are morally inferior to beggars.
-

J.Z., 3.4.94.
-

The cl
aims of the Welfare State and of the War on
Poverty are also refuted by the continued existence of beggars. Do the number of beggars
-

in the more advanced
countries
-

grow with the growth of the Welfare State or with the growth of indiscriminate charity a
mong the
better
-
off people?
-

One can always have as many beggars or parasites as one is willing to pay for.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.

BEGINNING:
A journey of a 1,000 miles begins with a single step
."
-

Chinese Proverb.
-

Compare: "
Steady drip
hollows the stone
."
-

"
The man who wants to move the world has to start with moving a few pebbles
."
-

"
When a
leaf moves a whole tree may tremble
."
-

All great ideas, movements and developments started in the minds of one
or a few individuals. Just go and persist in the right
direction.
-

J.Z., 3.4.94.
-

Even the greatest advances in the
wrong direction will not bring you closer to your goal.
-

Precisely because our start
-
up options have been greatly
diminished by avalanches of laws & regulations and bureaucratic institutions,
the few remaining ones should be
closely studied and evaluated, not ignored, as are e.g. the open air speaking opportunities and the publishing
opportunities on microfiche, floppy disks and CDs.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.

-

PERSISTENCE, INDUSTRY

BEGINNING:
Evil begu
n, rarely undone. 'In all things bad or evil, getting is quicker and easier than getting rid of
them
.'
-

August Hare, quoted in Leonard E. Read,
Having My Way
, p.115. All right actions are interconnected and
so are all wrong ones. All truths are interconne
cted and so are all lies, myths, prejudices and errors.


“All actions
have consequences.”


However, under full experimental freedom one can learn from one’s experience, cut one’s
losses and try something better.


Seeing the prevailing ignorance of all i
ndividual rights and liberties it is
surprising that evil and wrongs do not happen even more frequently than they do. Somehow our better nature and
however limited reasoning powers and moral sense seem to be still at work.


All projects, small to great, h
ave
different start
-
up options. If the project is important to oneself then one should systematically consider at least
several, if not all of them.
-

J.Z., 8.11.08. INDEMNIFICATION, PUNISHMENT, RESPONSIBILITY, Cure,
Prevention, CRIME, WRONGS, EVIL

BEGINNI
NG:
We direct our affairs at the beginning, ... but being once undertaken, they guide and transport us,
and we must follow them
."
-

Montaigne,
Essays
, Bk.iii, ch. 10.
-

Unless we make a new beginning. Compare
Kipling's “IF”. One does not have to persist wi
th one's mistakes and wrongs. Once can and should learn from one's
own experience. One can even learn from that of others to avoid most mistakes in the first place. However, and
admittedly, actions have consequences. Those infringing the rights and liberti
es of others should be much more
frequently foreseen
-

and thus avoided.
-

J.Z., 3.4.94.
-

False starts are unlikely to be fruitful and those unwilling to
study the numerous and diverse false starts of others
-

or history
-

are likely to repeat the previou
s mistakes. The
flawed as well as the correct starting methods for reforms and liberation steps should at least be as scientifically
studied as are the starts of runners and the moves of football players.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.


EXPERIMENTAL
FREEDOM, INDIVIDUAL

SECESSIONISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, SELF
-
OWNERSHIP,

FATE,
FREEDOM OF ACTION, SWIMMING AGAINST THE STREAM, SELF
-
DETERMINATION

BEGINNING:
When the elephant has slipped inside the Arab's tent, it's too late to cry: 'No vacancy!'
"
-

Gregory
Benford & Gordon

Eklund,
The Anvil of Jove
, FANTASY & SF, 7/76. For the negative beginnings, compare:

Principiis obstat: Resist the beginnings
.”
-

See: RESISTANCE, PRINCIPLES, TOTALITARIANISM

BEGINNINGS:
The greatest tyranny has the smallest beginnings. From precedents o
verlooked, from
remonstrances despised, from grievances treated with ridicule, from powerless men oppressed with impunity and
overbearing men tolerated with complacency, springs the tyrannical usage which generations of wise and good
men may hereafter perc
eive and lament and resist in vain
."
-

An 1846 editorial in THE LONDON TIMES.



Principiis obstat: Resist the beginnings
.”
-

"
A small object of injustice does not mean that the injustice expressed
therein can't be very great
."
-

Kant.
-

Should prevention
and cure ever be made as difficult? Establish an ideas and
talent market, multiply affordable communications & publishing channels, permit experimental freedom at the own
risk and expense. Let individuals and minorities opt out of coercively and collective
ly created messes. Do not
impose any taxes to pay for them, except among their true believers. Make all relevant information permanently,
cheaply and easily accessible. Provide all the blueprints for liberty.
-

J.Z., n.d., & 27.9.02.
-

PRINCIPLES,
PRECEDEN
TS, COMPROMISES, GENUINELY CULTURAL REVOLUTION TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS
OF ENLIGHTENMENT, PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARY
ASSOCIATIONISM, EXTERRITORIALITY, ONE
-
MAN
-
REVOLUTIONS, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM,
IDEAS ARCHIVE

BEHAVIORISM: If men were the
automatons that behaviorists claim they are, the behaviorist psychologist could
not have invented the amazing nonsense called 'behaviorist psychology.' So they are wrong from scratch
-

as clever
and as wrong as phlogiston chemists."
-

Robert Heinlein: Laza
rus Long.
-

For some good remarks against
behaviorism see e.g.: Frank G. Goble,
Beyond Failure. How to Cure a Neurotic Society
, foreword by Henry
Hazlitt, Caroline House Books, Green Hill Publishers, Ottawa, Illinois, 1977, The Thomas Jefferson Research
Ce
ntre.
-

J.Z.
-

MAN, PSYCHOLOGY, FREE WILL, INDIVIDUALS, POWER, IDEAS, INFLUENCE, HUMAN
NATURE
, PSYCHOLOGY

BEING:
To be is to be related
."
-

Charles M. Child,
Individuality in Organisms
.
-

The greatest abstraction rarely
conveys the largest possible amount
of useful information, e.g., for self
-
liberation.
-

J.Z., 26.7.92. While all matter,
all energies, all life, all rights and liberties and all truths are related, the extreme terms like universal consciousness
and solidarity would, in the absence of omnipot
ence, incapacitate us. We should just make sure that we and all
others become free and responsible in our own individual and limited spheres of interests, knowledge and actions,
corresponding to our individual limitations and capacities.


Only rulers beli
eve they can take care of a whole
population or even the world, in the worst kind of superiority complex, that induces them to resort to the kind or
coercion that territorialism allows them to engage in, even in democracies.
-

J.Z, 3.4.94, 8.11.08.
-

GENER
ALISATIONS, DEFINITIONS, GOVERNMENTS, TERRITORIALISM, LEADERSHIP,
POLITICIANS, PRESIDENTS, RULERS, DIS.

BELIEF: ...
what a man SAYS he believes is relatively unimportant if it is in conflict with his behaviour; he acts the
way he REALLY believes
."
-

R. J.
Williams,
You Are Extraordinary
, p. 104.
-

"
Thou shalt recognise them by their
fruits
." "
Actions speak louder than words
."

BELIEF:
A man can believe in a considerable deal of rubbish, and yet go about his daily work in a rational and
cheerful manner
.”
-

No
rman Douglas.
-

ANALOG, July 87, p. 12.


As if, as a result, he would not often end up as
e.g. a tax victim, dead soldier or victim of a government
-
caused economic crisis.


J.Z., 12.11.08.
-

FAITH,
PREJUDICES, INDIFFERENCE, IGNORANCE, RED., DIS.

BELIEF:
A man must not swallow more beliefs than he can digest
."
-

Havelock Ellis,
The Dance of Life
, 1923.


But with regard to popular errors, myths and prejudices most people do. They are so numerous that they never try
to get rid of them, systematically, one b
y one. They also tend to mutually support each other


and become
supported by related popular prejudices expressed by others. I believe that only a comprehensive encyclopaedia of
their best refutations has a chance to break the xyz vicious circles involve
d.


Youthful critics would probably
delight in using it against their elders, making them ridiculous and rather more cautious in uttering irrational views.


J.Z., 8.11.08.


ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS OF POPULAR ERRORS, MYTHS &
PREJUDICES

BELI
EF:
As men's prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect
."
-

Emerson,
quoted in Sprading, p.143.

BELIEF:
As we Discordians say, 'Convictions cause convicts.' Whatever you believe imprisons you
."
-

R. A.
Wilson,
The Il
luminati Papers
, 110.
-

Depends largely upon how moral and how immoral, how rational and how
irrational, how realistic and how unrealistic your beliefs are.
-

J.Z., 3.4.94.
-

CONVICTIONS, FAITH

BELIEF:
But a man can have a belief without proof. Belief is o
nly a dream. Reality is the sum of dreams come
true
.”
-

Victor Canning,
The Finger of Saturn
, p.228.
-

All our man
-
made environment consists of matter shaped in
accordance with man's ideas. And yet the "realists" living in it do often deny the value of sti
ll better ideas or show
no interest in them.


J.Z., 23.1.02.
-

DREAMS, REALITY, IDEAS

BELIEF:
But if we really believed in ourselves, we would look for a solution and find one
."
-

Poul Anderson,
Conquests
, p.63.

BELIEF:
Common belief, even universal belie
f, is not, in itself, evidence
."
-

Isaac Asimov, Foundation and Earth,
p.106.
-

"Where is the world whose people don't prefer a comfortable, warm, & well
-
worn belief, however
illogical, to the chilly winds of uncertainty?"
-

Ibid, p.105.

BELIEF:

Generally
, the theories we believe we call facts, and the facts we disbelieve we call theories
."
-

Felix
Cohen.
-

PRAXIS, FACTS

BELIEF:
He had learned as a boy that difficult tasks are possible only when a man believes he can accomplish
them. Negative thoughts dimi
nish the chances of success
."
-

Robert Tralins,
Android Armaggedon
, 6.


I am
troubled by the existence of so many libertarian projects that I consider to be important and necessary but that
require the input of at least dozens to thousands to achieve a si
gnificant success rate. For individuals all too many
tasks are simply too large. Not only the building of skyscrapers.


This kind of collaboration ought to be organized
much better than it has been so far and this in a market
-
like way.
-

J.Z., 8.11.08.
-

SUCCESS

BELIEF:
I believe in Bach, the creator of heaven and earth, and in Mozart, his only begotten son, and in
Beethoven the mediator and comforter; and inasmuch as their gods have manifested also in Vivaldi and Ravel and
Stravinsky and many another, I
believe in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of error, and Mind everlasting.
-

I believe in Leonardo, the creator of heaven and earth, and in Michelangelo, his only begotten son, and in
Raphael the mediator and comforter; and inasmuch as their gods
have manifested also in Rubens and Van Gogh
and Picasso and many another, I believe in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of error, and Mind
everlasting
.”
-

Robert Anton Wilson,
Right Where You Are Sitting Now
, p.197.
-

It isn't the artists that will

sufficiently clarify our minds and rid us of errors, myths and prejudices. They might just confirm and multiply false
ideas that are emotionally arrived at. For instance, how many of the political caricatures are really enlightening?
And they are, possibl
y, the best of what art has usually to offer in forms of enlightenment attempts.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.

BELIEF:
I believe in doing your own thing even if your own thing is joining a group. Nonconformity is too
negative and can be just as lavish as conformity. As

Shaw said, the man who worships a crucifix and the man who
spits on a crucifix are both idolators
."
-

DIAGONAL RELATIONSHIP 5
?



( My handwriting & abbreviations
often leave me uncertain.


J.Z. )

BELIEF:
I have believed the best of every man, and find th
at to believe it is enough to make a bad man show him at
his best, or even a good man swing his lantern higher
."
-

William Butler Yeats, in Leonard E. Read's
The Free
Man's Almanac
.
-

Sometimes, but certainly not always. Not all people live up to the expec
tations of others about
them. There exists now such an abundance of distractions from the persistent pursuit of higher goals but, luckily,
also better and more powerful tools than ever before to aim high and achieve much, alone or in association with
other
s. The question is only whether they will be sufficiently used, in the own interest and that of like
-
minded
people.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.


There are so many confidence tricksters. I get one to several scam offers almost every day
in my email. If I trusted thei
r senders, always …
-

But a personal encounter makes it
somewhat

easier to judge a
man.


But then compare how much politicians get away with


towards millions of voters and subjects, who see or
hear them almost daily through the mass media.


They are st
ill oru top scam artists.
-

J.Z., 8.11.08.
-

FAITH,
TRUST, EXPECTATIONS

BELIEF:
I never cease to be dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe
."
-

Leo Rosten

BELIEF:
If you believe in something, then by all means try to prove it, even convince o
thers. But always leave
room for the possibility that someone else may prove you wrong
.”
-

David Brin,
Otherness
, 377.


And always
defend freedom of expression, information and experimentation for those, who do disagree with you.


J.Z.,
12.11.08.


PANAR
CHISM, PROOF, TOLERANCE FOR DISSENT, TRUTH

BELIEF:
If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own
."
-

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749
-

1832.
-

Rather convey better ideas than merely criticism and complai
nts.
-

One cannot learn enough e.g. from the news media.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.

BELIEF:
I'm going to rub your noses in things you try to avoid. I don't find it strange that all you want to believe is
only that which comforts you
."
-

Frank Herbert,
Children of Du
ne
, p. 53 of ANALOG 3/76.
-

Faith, Doubt,
Emotion.
-

I do find it strange
-

for human beings
-

but not for barbarians or primitives or ignorant, prejudiced or
apathetic people.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.

BELIEF:
It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them, into

believing
."
-

C. J. Newman, 1801
-
1890.
-

ARGUMENTS, PERSUASION, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, WORDS, ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THE BEST
REFUTATIONS OF POPULAR ERRORS, MYTHS AND PREJUDICES, IDEAS ARCHIVE,
ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THE BEST WAYS OF MAKING POINTS ( REDENSARTEN: RED.)
.
-

As this
collection demonstrates, the power of the best slogans, proverbs and aphorisms for liberty has still been only very
fractionally mobilised so far. In other words, we haven't, as yet, given the best ideas and arguments their best
chances.
-

J.Z.
, 27.9.02.

BELIEF:
Men are most apt to believe what they least understand
.”


Montaigne
-

UNDERSTANDING, MAN,
IGNORANCE, SANCTION OF THE VICTIM, RELIGION, FAITH, GOD

BELIEF: Most beliefs are unbelievable
-

for moral and rational beings.
-

J.Z., Feb. 89.

BE
LIEF:
Nothing is so firmly believed, as what we least know
."
-

Montaigne, in: "
That a man is soberly to judge of
the divine ordinances
",
Essays
, 1580
-
88, tr. Charles Cotton & W. C. Hazlitt.
-

In another version: "
Nothing is so
firmly believed as that which

is least known."


BELIEF:
Oh what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to believe
."
-

Dr. Laurence J. Peter,
Peter's
Quotations
, p.39.
-

Perhaps with the all too ready acceptance of popular errors, myths and prejudices most people
lie more to them
selves than they are actively lying to others?
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.

BELIEF: People believe too easily these days. Whatever comes along, they believe.
-

Kate Wilhelm, Welcome,
Chaos, 199.
-

As long as it does not require much thinking and judgment and is not co
ntrary to other popular errors,
prejudices and myths.


J.Z., 12.9.07. , FAITH, RED.:

BELIEF
:
Religion and nationalism, as well as any custom and any belief however absurd and degrading, if it only
connects the individual with others, are refuges from what

man most dreads: isolation
.”
-

Erich Fromm.


It has
often been observed that most people are both, social beings and anti
-
social ones. They want to join, are joiners,
but have also the tendency to be loners, even hermits and at least want to see respecte
d what they consider to be
their private sphere, their home, their castle. Neither the secessionist urges nor the associationist ones are presently
fully institutionalized.


J.Z., 23.1.08.
-

IDEOLOGIES, ASSOCIATIONS, CHURCHES, SECTS, MOVEMENTS,
INDIVIDUAL
ISM, NEED FOR SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE OR APPROVAL, NATIONALISM, CUSTOMS,
DREADS, IDEOLOGIES.:

BELIEF:
That which has been believed by everyone, always and everywhere, has every chance of being false
."
-

Paul Valery,
Telquel
, 1943.
-

The more popular a belief, th
e more likely it is false.
-

J.Z., 20.6.92.
-

PUBLIC
OPINION, PREJUDICES, MYTHS, LIES, FALSEHOODS

BELIEF:
The essence of belief is the establishment of a habit
."
-

Charles S. Pearce. I doubt that beliefs are
necessarily habit
-
forming, although a tendency i
n that direction is obvious. People are not consistent and their
actions do not always agree with their beliefs. A smoker may believe that his habit harms him but that does not
cure him.
-

J.Z., 3.4.94.

BELIEF:
The fact that an opinion has been widely hel
d is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed
in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible
."
-

Bertrand Russell,
Christian Ethics, in Marriage and Morals
, 1929.
-

MAJO
RITY, PUBLIC OPINION,
KNOWLEDGE, CONVICTIONS, IDEOLOGIES, RELIGION

BELIEF:

The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it and become blind to
the arguments against it
.




G.B. Shaw, quoted in: John C. Grover, The Hellmake
rs, Veritas Publishing Co., PO
Box 42, Cranbrook, WA 6321, 1993, p.76.
-

RED.:

BELIEF:
The rational does not need to be believed; the rational can be demonstrated. Only the irrational requires
belief
."
-

Maire Jakober,
The Mind Gods
, p.119.
-

If only this
were true and the rightful and rational could always
be freely demonstrated, in every sphere.
-

Naturally, wherever we are already free to do so, we should at least try.
E.g., by utilising all the cheap and powerful alternative media to permanently and che
aply publish all freedom
ideas, opinions, proposals and writings, to turn them, in combination, into powerful and, perhaps, sufficient tools
and resources for the liberation job. But will we bother to do so or go on believing that with our own little
knowl
edge, and with conventional or popular media options, we would already know and could teach and achieve
enough?
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.

BELIEF:
The study of human beliefs is an ethologist's heaven and a logician's hell
."
-

Blake Williams, according to
R. A. Wilso
n, in
Schroedinger's Cat, II
, p.87.

BELIEF: There are many kinds of education, and often education closes as many doors as it opens, for to believe
implies disbelief. One accepts one kind of belief but closes the mind to all that is, or seems to be contrad
ictory."
-

Louis L'Armour,
The Califorios
, Pp56. Californians?
-

FAITH, IDEOLOGY, RELIGION, TRUE BELIEVERS,
EDUCATION, SCHOOLS, ENLIGHTENMENT

BELIEF:
There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways
s
ave us from thinking
."
-

Alfred Korzybski.
-

THINK, DOUBT, FAITH, RELIGION, DOGMAS, IDEOLOGIES,
TRUE BELIEVERS, SCEPTICISM

BELIEF: Too many people are not aware that their beliefs are wasters, destroyers and even killers
-

when applied
by them or others. T
hey hold them to be productive, creative and protective.
-

J.Z. 11.3.84. Thus we should grant
them the right to make their own mistakes, at their own expense and risk, or experimental freedom or freedom of
action
-

in the form of their own exterritorially
autonomous communities of volunteers. That would largely keep
them out of our hair
-

and help to diminish their numbers. Allow the communists of the former USSR to continue
to wrong and torture
-

themselves
! But do not tolerate the continued coercive subje
ction of any peaceful dissenter
to any of their torturous institutions and procedures. To that extent I am an unrepentent Darwinist.


J.Z, 3.4.94.


Tolerance even towards those, who are intolerant only among themselves!


J.Z., 8.11.08.



PANARCHISM,
TOL
ERANCE, INTOLERANCE, GENUINELY INTERNAL AFFAIRS OF COMMUNITIES OF
VOLUNTEERS, NON
-
INTERVENTIONISM

BELIEF:
We believe in liberty. So, why not believe in what is required of men to achieve this way of life? There is
magic in believing. Why? Because, as Bulwe
r
-
Lytton phrased it, 'In belief lies the secret of all valuable exertion
.'"
-

Leonard E. Read,
Who's Listening
? p.125.
-

But in beliefs exist also the most preventative and destructive
obstructions, even among libertarians. The remaining flawed beliefs of
libertarians could fill volumes
-

and their
efficient refutations could even fill more volumes. Such voluminous works will not be read by many
-

but they
ought to be made available to those with sufficient inquiring minds and curiosity and doubts.
-

J.Z.,
27.9.02.
-

ENTHUSIASM, PERSISTENCE, INTEGRITY

BELIEF:
What can be more terrible than a system of untruth, sincerely believed
?”


Victor Hugo, “
Deeds and
Words
”.
-

FAITH, CONVICTIONS, TRUTH, RED., DIS.

BELIEF:
Why should anyone prefer the insecure search fo
r truth to the comfort of sure belief? What does freedom
have to offer which could induce anyone to reject a sure route to a happy life in the aura of mystery and majesty
?"
-

Patrick L. McGuire, The Book of Poul Anderson, p. 93.
-

"Whatever turns you on."
-

Do your own thing and let
others do their things to themselves. That may be the only belief or faith or conviction that deserves to be protected
by guns. Full freedom has room for every self
-
concerned faith, belief, conviction and action. A wise man is n
ot
wise if he denies fools the right to do their things to themselves, making and repeating their own mistakes, at their
expense and risk. Negative selection should be as free as positive selection.
-

J.Z. 3.4.94.
-

Those who try to escape
their human obli
gations, the noblesse oblige commands, their responsibility for their own lives and for those they
love and for their descendants, all the work involved in doing what is right and sensible, by saying to themselves
and others: "
One lives only once
!"
-

and r
etreat to make the best out of bad situation, just increasing their personal
comforts and comfort zones, do deserve what they are getting.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.
-

APATHY, RETREATISM,
RESIGNATION, PERSISTENCE, RIGHT TO MAKE MISTAKES AT THE OWN EXPENSE & RISK, LI
VING
THE OWN LIVE


HOWEVER BADLY & IRRATIONALLY

BELIEVERS, TRUE: A faithful Christian, Communist or Nazi is often comparable to an unutilised waterfall, i.e.,
to wasted energy. When not criminally engaged, he may look human, may even seem to be a good spe
cimen, but
when acting out his beliefs, he not only hurts his victims but also any rational observer. So much potential energy
going to waste or being misdirected, controlled not by morality and reason but, rather, like in animals, by urges,
drives and ins
tincts or at best by primitive to barbarian myths and notions.
-

J.Z. 23.11.80, 3.4.94. The "missing
links" are still among us.
-

J.Z., 19.4.94.

BELIEVERS, TRUE:
Beware of the man of one book
."
-

St. Thomas Aquinas.

BE
-
LIKE
-
ME
-
NESS:
This despicable be
-
lik
e
-
me
-
ness
..."
-

Leonard E. Read,
The Path of Duty
, p.81.
-

TOLERANCE, UNIFORMITY, TERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM

BELONGING:
I belong to myself
."
-

From film "
Amy
".
-

SELF
-
OWNERSHIP, SELF
-
DETERMINATION,
INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY

BELONGING:
You belong
...."
-

"
I bel
ong where I want to be
."
-

From a film advertised on TV, Capital, 1.1.93.
-

CHOICE, MEMBERSHIP, VOLUNTARISM, MIGRATION, PLACE, STATUS, POSITION,
ASSOCIATIONISM

BENEFICIARIES TO PAY: …
That those who benefit pay the cost of providing their benefits
."
-

Admi
ral Ben
Moreell,
The Admiral's Log II,

p.97.
-

USER PAYS PRINCIPLE, SELF
-
INSURANCE, SOCIAL INSURANCE,
INSURANCE, SELF
-
HELP, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, MUTUAL AID, CREDIT

BENEFICIARIES:
Third, those who receive the so
-
called 'benefits' eventually become completely

dependent upon
government. There is no incentive to produce. They lose their independence of spirit and the strength of character
which men have when they are free to be responsible for their own welfare. The beneficiaries of so
-
called
government 'charity
' become spineless creatures who demand that other people be forced to support them and their
families
."
-

Admiral Ben Moreell,
Log I
/6.
-

Beneficiaries"? Even the War on Poverty does cost the recipients more
in taxes than it is worth in hand
-
outs. That ap
plies not only to tribal people still living in reservations but also to the
"reservations" in form of territorial nations or nation States. The "helping hands", if not those of volunteers and
really wanted and needed, do tend to incapacitate and even expl
oit.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.

-

WELFARE STATE,
POVERTY, SUBSIDIES, HAND
-
OUTS, WAR AGAINST THE POOR

BENEFITS: ...
$ 6.5 billion in construction activity and create new 500,000 jobs. Too many voters have come to
accept such claims. Yet they could deflate them all if

they asked their supposed political benefactors a single
question: INSTEAD OF WHAT? You say you got us such
-
and
-
such benefits. Maybe. But instead of what? What
was the cost? What did we have to give up for these benefits? In order to give Paul's family $1
,000 worth of 'free'
housing, you must have taken $ 1,000 more away from Peter's family in taxes. In fact, you must have taxed the
Peters a good deal more than you turned over to the Pauls, because a lot of the money never got into construction.
It went (
even disregarding possible graft ) into salaries for extra

bureaucrats to administer the programme
."
-

Henry Hazlitt, THE FREEMAN, 3/76.
-

POLITICAL SPENDING, GOVERNMENT SPENDING, TAXATION.

BENEFITS: ...
government isn't the labor
-
saving device it appears

to be. It always gives back less than it takes
...."
-

Harry Brown,
How I Found Freedom
, p.97/98.
-

And it provides more fruitless labour for bureaucrats while
reducing the fruits of labour and jobs for productive people.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.



GOVERNMENTAL BE
NEFITS

BENEFITS:
Ever since the advent of representative government placed the ultimate power to direct the
administration of public affairs in the hands of the people

(*)
the primary instrument by which the few have
managed to plunder the many has been th
e sophistry that persuades the victims that they are being robbed for their
own benefit. The public has been despoiled of a great part of its wealth and has been induced to give up more and
more of its freedom of choice because it is unable to detect the e
rror in the delusive sophisms by which
protectionist demagogues, national socialists and proponents of government planning exploit its gullibility and its
ignorance of

(**)
economics
."
-

Arthur Goddard, in his preface to the English language edition of
Eco
nomic
Sophisms

by Frederic Bastiat, quoted in THE FREEMAN, 1/75.
-

GOVERNMENTAL BENEFITS


(*) did it?


(**) and disinterest in!
-

J.Z.

BENEFITS:
Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes
are bene
ficent
."
-

The Free Man's Almanac
, A compilation by Leonard E. Read.
-

-

Are they "beneficent" or at
least "benevolent" or rather a self
-
interested distribution of the loot to favourites, in attempts to buy their favours?
-

Simple words do, quite often, no
t sufficiently express what is being done to us and by us.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.
-

"
Elections are advance auction sales of stolen goods
."
-

Source?


Mencken used this idea and may have coined it.


J.Z.
-

BENEFICIAL GOVERNMENT,

WELFARE STATE, HANDOUTS, GOVERNM
ENT SPENDING,
BUDGET

BENEFITS:
For every alleged benefit that the politicians confer upon us, they must necessarily deprive us of
something else
."
-

Henry Hazlitt, THE FREEMAN, 3/76.

BENEFITS:
I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a h
andout
."
-

Dean Alfange, THE
FREEMAN, 6/73.

BENEFITS: Most of your official benefactors live well
-

at your expense.
-

J.Z., 20.5.76, 3.4.94.
-

Alas, all too
often that applies also to the "rulers" of "private" corporations, whose individual investors, em
ployees and
customers have all too little say upon the decisions made more or less monarchically at the top levels. Hierarchies
do have their flaws in these associations as well. Self
-
management is almost always superior to top
-
management
-

and yet, like s
o many other liberties and rights, its options are not yet sufficiently known and appreciated, not even
by Randians. We are all too much the descendants of former slaves and serfs and all too willing mere followers.
-

Monetary and financial freedom would n
ot only promote more private enterprises but also many more of the self
-
management options, most of which remain, presently, unknown because they are not comprehensively publicised.
The tyranny of the ancient "models" & prejudices remains among unenlighten
ed people. People who do not know
better will elect even a dictator and put up with a central bank.
-

J.Z., 27.9.02.



GOVERNMENTAL BENEFITS,
HAND
-
OUTS, SUBSIDIES, WELFARE STATE

BENEFITS:
The government's 'services' replace services that had been valued mo
re highly by the general market
."
-

Harry Brown,
How I Found Freedom
, p.98.

-

GOVERNMENTAL BENEFITS

BENEFITS:
There is nothing to useful to man in general, nor so beneficial to particular societies and individuals,
as trade. This is the alma mater, at whos
e plentiful breast all mankind are nourished
."
-

Henry Fielding.
-

Without
it we could only produce a subsistence poverty. All benefits are also harmful, to some extent at least, when they do
not result from a trade, agreement or contract.
-

J.Z., 3.4.94.
-

See Handouts, Welfare State.

BENEFITS:
Two or more persons banding together do not acquire any moral rights that they did not have as
individuals. When government provides benefits for one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen
himse
lf cannot do without committing a crime, it performs an act of plunder
."
-

Bastiat, quoted in THE
FREEMAN, 3/76.
-

PLUNDER, TAXES, WELFARE STATE, GOVERNMENTAL BENEFITS

BENEVOLENCE: ...
benevolence must come from the heart, not from the sword, otherwise we
become slaves
."
-

Fred Foldvary, THE CONNECTION 107, p.8.

BENEVOLENCE: ...
generosity and benevolence are of little moral value unless you begin by respecting the rights
of other people
...."
-

K. Gregg, reviewing Auberon Herbert,
A Politician in Sight of H
eaven
, NEW LIBERTARIAN
WEEKLY, 27.2.77.

BENEVOLENCE:
A belief, an honest belief, that they are under the real influence of benevolence, sometimes
leads men to conduct the most intrusive and tyrannical. Power is usurped for the purpose, it is supposed, of d
oing
good. ... A man fancies he knows what is best for other men... He is thoroughly persuaded that such and such a
thing is good, and being good, he will compel others to receive and adopt it. ... Yet despotism never takes a worse
shape than when it comes

in the guise of benevolence. ... Under the shadow of this fallacy, vast masses of misery
have been poured out upon the world
."
-

Jeremy Bentham,
Deontology
, quoted in THE FREEMAN, 78.