Daily Philosophy

“It would be a great improvement to the system of piece-work, if all the men employed on a job were partners in the contract, each according to his abilities, instead of one man being interested in over-working his fellows for his own benefit.” – Watts

“The price of labor is always constituted of the price of necessaries.” – J. Vanderlint

“In poor nations the people are comfortable, in rich nations they are generally poor.” – Destutt de Tracy

“So, if the intellect is divine compared with man, the life of the intellect must be divine compared with the life of a human being. And we ought not to listen to those who warn us that ‘man should think the thoughts of man’, or ‘mortal thoughts fit mortal minds’; but we ought, so far as in us lies, to put on immortality, and do all that we can to live in conformity with the highest that is in us; for even if it is small in bulk, in power and preciousness it far excels all the rest.” – Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

“Peoples who can sneak their way into the rest of mankind like drones, to make other men work for them under all sorts of pretexts, can form states even without any definitely delimited living space of their own. This applies first and foremost to a people under whose parasitism the whole of honest humanity is suffering, today more than ever: the Jews.” – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

“Change of the constitution takes place from monarchy into tyranny, because tyranny is the corruption of monarchy: so, a bad king becomes a tyrant. From aristocracy the change is into timocracy, and it is due to the corruptness of ministers, who distribute the resources of the state without regard to merit, and keep all or most of the benefits for themselves, and confine public appointments to the same persons, because they pay most regard to wealth. Thus, it is a few bad men, instead of the best, that hold the power. From timocracy the change is into democracy, since they are next-door neighbors; because timocracy too has as its object rule by the people, all who satisfy the property qualification being equal. The least bad is democracy, because departs little from the form of polity. These are the commonest changes of constitution because they involve the smallest and easiest transitions.” – Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

“Take now another Twentieth Century definition – that of Anarchism. I have not the number of the paper in which it was given and cannot quote it exactly. But it certainly made belief in cooperation an essential of Anarchism. This is as erroneous as the definition of Socialism. Cooperation is not more an essential of Anarchism than force is of Socialism. The fact that the majority of Anarchists believe in cooperation is not what makes them Anarchists, just as the fact that the majority of Socialists believe in force is not what makes them Socialists. Socialism is neither for nor against liberty; Anarchism is for liberty, and neither for nor against anything else. Anarchy is the mother of cooperation – yes, just as liberty is the mother of order; but, as a matter of definition, liberty is not order nor is Anarchism cooperation.” – Benjamin Tucker, Instead of a Book

“The history of humanity has been largely one long and gradual discovery of the fact that the individual is the gainer by society exactly in proportion as society is free, and of the law that the condition of a permanent and harmonious society is the greatest amount of individual liberty compatible with equality of liberty. The average man of each new generation has said to himself more clearly and consciously than his predecessor: “My neighbor is not my enemy, but ray friend, and I am his, if we would but mutually recognize the fact, We help each other to a better, fuller, happier living; and this service might be greatly increased if we would cease to restrict, hamper, and oppress each other. Why can we not agree to let each live his own life, neither of us transgressing the limit that separates our individualities?”” – Benjamin Tucker, Instead of a Book

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