"...as all history informs us, there has been in every State & Kingdom a constant kind of warfare between the governing & governed: the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less. And this has alone occasioned great convulsions, actual civil wars, ending either in dethroning of the Princes, or enslaving of the people. Generally indeed the ruling power carries its point, the revenues of princes constantly increasing, and we see that they are never satisfied, but always in want of more. The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes; the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among his partisans and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure. There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh, get first all the peoples money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants for ever." ~ Benjamin Franklin
Author of the novel, "Revolutionary Language," winner of the January 2000 "Freedom Book of the Month" on the gone-but-not-forgotten Free-Market.net.
Married, father of three.
Eligible to join AARP.
BA: microbiology, MS: biology, Ph.D.: stock market pain.
Rule #1: The world is full of pain; try not to add to it.
There are two kinds of control in this world, self-control and others-control; self-control is far preferred.
If everyone goes and jumps in a lake, they will drag you in with them; wear a life-preserver.
Life is characterized by pervasive uncertainty; the two ways people deal with this are 1) laying in insurance of various sorts and 2) creating the illusion of reducing said uncertainty. The latter of these produces nothing but evil.
Sand sculpting & recreational shooting.
Still trying to figure out the idiosyncrasies of stock market speculation.
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