Hans-Hermann Hoppe quotes

  • If the right to vote were expanded to seven year olds … its policies would most definitely reflect the ‘legitimate concerns’ of children to have ‘adequate’ and ‘equal’ access to ‘free’ french fries, lemonade and videos.
    -- Hans-Hermann Hoppe

    #Children #Years #Video

  • Democracy has nothing to do with freedom. Democracy is a soft variant of communism, and rarely in the history of ideas has it been taken for anything else.
    -- Hans-Hermann Hoppe

    #Taken #Ideas #Democracy

  • With the socialization of the health care system through institutions such as Medicaid and Medicare and the regulation of the insurance industry (by restricting an insurer’s right of refusal: to exclude any individual risk as uninsurable, and discriminate freely, according to actuarial methods, between different group risks) a monstrous machinery of wealth and income redistribution at the expense of responsible individuals and low-risk groups in favor of irresponsible actors and high-risk groups has been put in motion.
    -- Hans-Hermann Hoppe

    #Risk #Groups #Different

  • More paper money cannot make a society richer, of course — it is just more printed paper. Otherwise, why is it that there are still poor countries and poor people around? But more money makes its monopolistic producer (the central bank) and its earliest recipients (the government and big, government-connected banks and their major clients) richer at the expense of making the money's late and latest receivers poorer.
    -- Hans-Hermann Hoppe

    #Country #Government #People

  • The state spends much time and effort persuading the public that it is not really what it is and that the consequences of its actions are positive rather than negative.
    -- Hans-Hermann Hoppe

    #Effort #Negative #Action

  • No, the state is anything but the result of a contract! No one with even just an ounce of common sense would agree to such a contract. I have a lot of contracts in my files, but nowhere is there one like this. The state is the result of aggressive force and subjugation. It has evolved without contractual foundation, just like a gang of protection racketeers. And concerning the struggle of all against all: that is a myth.
    -- Hans-Hermann Hoppe

    #Struggle #Common Sense #Foundation

  • Egalitarianism, in every form and shape, is incompatible with the idea of private property.
    -- Hans-Hermann Hoppe

    #Egalitarianism #Ideas #Shapes

  • Contrary to any claim of a systematically “neutral” effect of taxation on production, the consequence of any such shortening of roundabout methods of production is a lower output produced. The price that invariably must be paid for taxation, and for every increase in taxation, is a coercively lowered productivity that in turn reduces the standard of living in terms of valuable assets provided for future consumption. Every act of taxation necessarily exerts a push away from more highly capitalized, more productive production processes in the direction of a hand-to-mouth-existence.
    -- Hans-Hermann Hoppe

    #Hands #Taxation #Mouths

  • Private property implies exclusivity, inequality, and difference.
    -- Hans-Hermann Hoppe

    #Differences #Inequality #Property

  • Democracy allows for A and B to band together to rip off C. This is not justice, but a moral outrage.
    -- Hans-Hermann Hoppe

    #Rip #Justice #Democracy

  • Democracy virtually assures that only bad and dangerous men will ever rise to the top of government.
    -- Hans-Hermann Hoppe

    #Men #Government #Democracy

  • The state operates in a legal vacuum. There exists no contract between the state and its citizens.
    -- Hans-Hermann Hoppe

    #Vacuums #Citizens #Libertarian

  • The recently ended twentieth century was characterized by a level of human rights violations unparalleled in all of human history. In his book Death by Government, Rudolph Rummel estimates some 170 million government-caused deaths in the twentieth century. The historical evidence appears to indicate that, rather than protecting life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness of their citizens, governments must be considered the greatest threat to human security.
    -- Hans-Hermann Hoppe

    #Book #Pursuit Of Happiness #Rights

  • Thanks to the central bank, most ‘monetary experts’ and ‘leading macro-economists’ can, by putting them on the payroll, be turned into government propagandists ‘explaining,’ like alchemists, how stones (paper) can be turned into bread (wealth).
    -- Hans-Hermann Hoppe

    #Government #Alchemist #Experts

  • Economic theory has nothing to say as to what commodity will acquire the status of money. Historically, it happened to be gold. But if the physical makeup of our world would have been different or is to become different from what it is now, some other commodity would have become or might become money. The market will decide.
    -- Hans-Hermann Hoppe

    #Makeup #Our World #Gold

  • An expropriating property protector (the state, through taxation) is a contradiction in terms
    -- Hans-Hermann Hoppe

    #Taxation #Contradiction #States

  • A government is a compulsory territorial monopolist of ultimate decision-making (jurisdiction) and, implied in this, a compulsory territorial monopolist of taxation. That is, a government is the ultimate arbiter, for the inhabitants of a given territory, regarding what is just and what is not, and it can determine unilaterally, i.e., without requiring the consent of those seeking justice or arbitration, the price that justice-seekers must pay to the government for providing this service.
    -- Hans-Hermann Hoppe

    #Government #Justice #Decision

  • What is true, just, and beautiful is not determined by popular vote. The masses everywhere are ignorant, short-sighted, motivated by envy, and easy to fool. Democratic politicians must appeal to these masses in order to be elected. Whoever is the best demagogue will win. Almost by necessity, then, democracy will lead to the perversion of truth, justice and beauty.
    -- Hans-Hermann Hoppe

    #Beautiful #Truth #Winning

  • One-man-one-vote combined with "free entry" into government-democracy--implies that every person and his personal property comes within reach of-and is up for grabs by-everyone else: a "tragedy of the commons" is created.
    -- Hans-Hermann Hoppe

    #Men #Democracy #Tragedy