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We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork. ...
by Milton Friedman

We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.
- Milton Friedman

Related topics: Society

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert,
in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.
- Milton Friedman

Inflation is taxation without legislation.
- Milton Friedman

Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.
- Milton Friedman

 

Only government can take perfectly good paper,
cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless.
- Milton Friedman

I am favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse,
for any reason, whenever it's possible.
- Milton Friedman

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
- Milton Friedman

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The greatest advances of civilization,
whether in architecture or painting,
in science and literature,
in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.
- Milton Friedman

Most of the energy of political work is devoted to
correcting the effects of mismanagement of government.
- Milton Friedman

One man's opportunism is another man's statesmanship.
- Milton Friedman

Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the
good intentions of those who create it.
- Milton Friedman

Is it really true that political self-interest is nobler
somehow than economic self-interest?
- Milton Friedman

Underlying most arguments against the free market is
a lack of belief in freedom itself.
- Milton Friedman

So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear.
That there is no alternative way, so far discovered,
of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can
hold a candle to the productive activities that are
unleashed by a free enterprise system.
- Milton Friedman

Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.
- Milton Friedman

Columbus did not seek a new route to the Indies in
response to a majority directive.
- Milton Friedman

Governments never learn.
Only people learn.
- Milton Friedman

The black market was a way of getting around government controls.
It was a way of enabling the free market to work.
It was a way of opening up, enabling people.
- Milton Friedman

The problem of social organization is how to set up
an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm,
capitalism is that kind of a system.
- Milton Friedman

Universities exist to transmit knowledge and understanding
of ideas and values to students not to provide entertainment
for spectators or employment for athletes.
- Milton Friedman

The power to do good is also the power to do harm.
- Milton Friedman

The only relevant test of the validity of a hypothesis
is comparison of prediction with experience.
- Milton Friedman

There's no such thing as a free lunch.
- Milton Friedman

The most important single central fact about a free
market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit.
- Milton Friedman

Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to
assume that there is a fixed pie,
that one party can gain only at the expense of another.
- Milton Friedman

Inflation is the one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation.
- Milton Friedman

Many people want the government to protect the consumer.
A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.
- Milton Friedman

The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment,
was produced by government mismanagement rather than
by any inherent instability of the private economy.
- Milton Friedman

History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom.
Clearly it is not a sufficient condition.
- Milton Friedman

The most important ways in which I think the Internet
will affect the big issue is that it will make it more
difficult for government to collect taxes.
- Milton Friedman

Every friend of freedom must be as revolted as I am
by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp,
by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users
and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the
liberty of citizens on slight evidence.
- Milton Friedman

Well first of all, tell me, is there some society you
know of that doesn't run on greed? You think Russia
doesn't run on greed? You think China doesn't run on greed? What is greed?
- Milton Friedman

The world runs on individuals pursuing their self interests.
The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus.
Einstein didn't construct his theory under order from a,
from a bureaucrat.
Henry Ford didn't revolutionize the automobile industry that way.
- Milton Friedman

The only way that has ever been discovered to have
a lot of people cooperate together voluntarily is through the free market.
And that's why it's so essential to preserving individual freedom.
- Milton Friedman

I'm in favor of legalizing drugs.
According to my values system, if people want to kill themselves,
they have every right to do so.
Most of the harm that comes from drugs is because they are illegal.
- Milton Friedman

And what does reward virtue? You think the communist
commissar rewards virtue? You think a Hitler rewards virtue? You think,
excuse me, if you'll pardon me, American presidents
reward virtue? Do they choose their appointees on the
basis of the virtue of the people appointed or on the
basis of their political clout?
- Milton Friedman

A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely
that group thinks they ought to want.
Underlying most arguments against the free market is
a lack of belief in freedom itself.
- Milton Friedman

A system of morality which is based
on relative emotional values
is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception
which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.
- Socrates

Most people don't CHOOSE their value system -
they simply inherit the beliefs of their parents and community.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we blindly adopt a religion,
a political system, a literary dogma,
we become automatons. We cease to grow.
- Anais Nin

The greatest force in the human body
is the natural drive of the body to heal itself -
but that force in not independent of the belief system.
Everything begins with belief.
What we believe is the most powerful option of all.
- Norman Cousins

Do you ever question why our educational system
teaches competition rather than cooperation?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is a magic in the memory of schoolboy friendships;
it softens the heart,
and even affects the nervous system
of those who have no heart.
- Benjamin Disraeli

I want to share with you the three rules
that I have in order to accept an apprentice.
Rule Number 1: Don't believe me.
I don't want you to believe me
but I want you to listen and make choices - your choices.
If what I say, doesn't work for you, leave it.
But if it works for you and that's what you want, then make it yours.
Rule Number 2: Don't believe yourself.
Why? Because most of your belief system is a lie - it's not true.
And by believing yourself, you create all the limitations
that don't allow you to be what you really are.
Don't believe yourself. Listen to what you say,
listen to what you think, listen to what you believe.
And when you listen, open your ears, open your mind,
open your intelligence and make choices.
Rule 3 is, don't believe anybody else.
Don't believe them at all.
Open your ears and your mind; listen and make choices.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The only way to store information is by agreement.
The belief system is like a Book of Law that rules our mind.
Our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive.
Humans punish themselves endlessly
for not being what they believe they should be.
We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others,
but we cannot accept and love ourselves.
- don Miguel Ruiz

It's not clutter, it's my unique filing system.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have an almost religious zeal...
not for technology per se, but for the Internet which is for me,
the nervous system of mother Earth, which I see as a living creature,
linking up.
- Dan Millman

I was now resolved to do everything in my power to defeat the system.
- Oskar Schindler

Living Into the Great Paradox,
I strive toward my vision,
while accepting gratefully whatever life serves up.
I work to bring about my vision of the future,
which is based on my value system of what is right,
just, noble, compassionate, generous, humane, peaceful, and loving.
Simultaneously, I accept that my vision
is based on only my opinions and prejudices,
and I honor all points of view and value systems,
no matter how different from my own.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket
and rejoices that the system works.
- Bill Vaughan

The Internet is a telephone system that's gotten uppity.
- Clifford Stoll

Judges are the weakest link in our system of justice,
and they are also the most protected.
- Alan Dershowitz

I believe totally in a Capitalist System,
I only wish that someone would try it.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Is the system going to flatten you out
and deny you your humanity,
or are you going to be able to make use of the system
to the attainment of human purposes?
- Joseph Campbell

The judicial system is the most expensive machine ever
invented for finding out what happened and what to do about it.
- Irving R. Kaufman

Lawsuits should not be used to destroy a viable and
independent distribution system.
The solution lies in the marketplace and not the courtroom.
- Don Henley

It has become impossible to give up the enterprise
of disarmament without abandoning the whole great adventure
of building up a collective peace system.
- Arthur Henderson

There is no chance and anarchy in the universe.
All is system and gradation.
Every god is there sitting in his sphere.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think people have a vague sense that the television system is changing.
- Michael K. Powell

The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation
that would operate with perfect equality.
- Andrew Jackson

Credit is a system whereby a person who can't pay
gets another person who can't pay
to guarantee that he can pay.
- Charles Dickens

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking
the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
- Sydney J. Harris

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

Stock prices have been quoted in fractions for two centuries,
based on a system descended from Spanish pieces of eight.
Each dollar was cut into eight bits worth 12.5 cents each.
- Charles A. Jaffe

It costs a lot to sue a magazine, and it's too bad
that we don't have a system where the losing team has
to pay the winning team's lawyers.
- Carol Burnett

Every time you get angry, you poison your own system.
- Alfred A. Montapert

The system of nature, of which man is a part,
tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting,
self-cleansing.
Not so with technology.
- E. F. Schumacher

We have been learning since we were children how to make money,
buy things, build things.
The whole education system is set up to teach us how to think,
not to feel.
- Yakov Smirnoff

A wise system of education will at last teach us how little man yet knows,
how much he has still to learn.
- John Lubbock

Every city across the country that has successfully
renewed and revitalized itself points to a robust education
system as its fundamental key to success.
- Alan Autry

I used to think that it didn't make any difference
how far you ran if you had a good,
strong musculoskeletal system and no underlying cardiovascular problems.
- Kenneth H. Cooper


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