Frank Chodorov quotes

  • All wars come to an end, at least temporarily. But the authority acquired by the state hangs on; political power never abdicates.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #War #Political #Authority

  • Perhaps the removal of trade restrictions throughout the world would do more for the cause of universal peace than can any political union of peoples separated by trade barriers.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Political #Liberty #World

  • If for no other reason, personal pride should prompt every governor and state legislator to take a secessionist attitude; they were not elected to be lackeys of the federal bureaucracy.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Attitude #Pride #Reason

  • Society thrives on trade simply because trade makes specialization possible, and specialization increases output, and increased output reduces the cost in toil for the satisfactions men live by. That being so, the market place is a most humane institution.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Men #Toil #Cost

  • There cannot be a good tax nor a just one; every tax rests its case on compulsion.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Liberty #Cases #Taxes

  • Freedom is essentially a condition of inequality, not equality. It recognizes as a fact of nature the structural differences inherent in man - in temperament, character, and capacity - and it respects those differences. We are not alike and no law can make us so.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Character #Men #Differences

  • The more subsidized it is, the less free it is. What is known as 'free education' is the least free of all, for it is a state-owned institution; it is socialized education - just like socialized medicine or the socialized post office - and cannot possibly be separated from political control.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Medicine #Office #Political

  • Popular suffrage is in itself no guarantee of freedom. People can vote themselves into slavery.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #People #Liberty #Guarantees

  • We cannot restore traditional American freedom unless we limit the government's power to tax. No tinkering with this, that, or the other law will stop the trend toward socialism. We must repeal the Sixteenth Amendment.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Government #Law #Liberty

  • Private capitalism makes a steam engine; State capitalism makes pyramids.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Pyramids #Steam #States

  • The early American knew that freedom was nothing more than the absence of external restraint on behavior; the government could not give you freedom, it could only take it away.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Government #Giving #Liberty

  • Income and inheritance taxes imply the denial of private property, and in that are different in principle from all other taxes. The government says to the citizen: “Your earnings are not exclusively your own; we have a claim on them, and our claim precedes yours; we will allow you to keep some of it, because we recognize your need, not your right; but whatever we grant you for yourself is for us to decide.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Government #Principles #Different

  • The State acquires power... and because of its insatiable lust for power it is incapable of giving up any of it. The State never abdicates.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Giving Up #War #Lust

  • The only beneficiaries of income taxation are the politicians, for it not only gives them the means by which they can increase their emoluments, but it also enables them to improve their importance. The have-nots who support the politicians in the demand for income taxation do so only because they hate the haves; . . . the sum of all the arguments for income taxation comes to political ambition and the sin of covetousness.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Hate #Ambition #Mean

  • The freedoms won by Americans in 1776 were lost in the revolution of 1913.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Revolution #Lost

  • The pertinent question: if Americans did not want these wars should they have been compelled to fight them?
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #War #Fighting #Want

  • [When people] say 'let's do something about it,' they mean 'let's get hold of the political machinery so that we can do something to somebody else.' And that somebody is invariably you.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Mean #People #Political

  • At first it was the incomes of corporations, then of rich citizens, then of well-provided widows and opulent workers, and finally the wealth of housemaids and the tips of waitresses. This is all in line with the ability to pay doctrine. The poor, simply because there are more of them, have more ability to pay than the rich.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Firsts #Doctrine #Income

  • Economics is not politics. One is a science, concerned with the immutable and constant laws of nature that determine the production and distribution of wealth; the other is the art of ruling.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Art #Law #Society

  • Just what part does the State play in production to warrant its rake-off? The State does not give; it merely takes.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Play #Giving #Rakes

  • Increasing the power of the state in response to the Soviet menace would not defeat socialism in Russia but bring it to the United States.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Russia #United States #Defeat

  • When the individual is relieved of the obligation of self-respect, he acquires the habits of helplessness; he is inclined to retreat to the security of the prenatal state. The more he is taken care of the more he wants care.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Taken #Self #Care

  • In America it is the so-called capitalist who is to blame for the fulfillment of Marx's prophecies. Beguiled by the state's siren song of special privilege, the capitalists have abandoned capitalism.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Song #America #Special

  • Posterity does not pay off anything of the national debt.  Each administration adds to the debt left to it, and the promise of liquidation implied in every bond issue is a false promise.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Issues #Promise #Doe

  • The corruption of freedom is in proportion to the moral deterioration of the people. For a people who have lost their sense of self-respect have no need for freedom. And the income tax, by transferring the property of earners to the State, has disintegrated the moral fiber of Americans to such a degree that they do not even recognize the fact.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Self #People #Degrees

  • Since the State thrives on what it expropriates, the general decline in production that it induces by its avarice foretells its own doom. Its source of income dries up. Thus, in pulling Society down it pulls itself down. Its ultimate collapse is usually occasioned by a disastrous war, but preceding that event is a history of increasing and discouraging levies on the marketplace, causing a decline in the aspirations, hopes, and self-esteem of its victims.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #War #Self Esteem #Events

  • Taxation is nothing but organized robbery, and there the subject should be dropped.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Taxation #Should #Robbery

  • The institution of taxation rests foursquare on the axiom that somebody must rule somebody else.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Taxation #Institutions #Foursquare

  • The State is not, as many political scientists would make it, an inanimate thing; it consists of people, human beings, each of whom operates under an inner compulsion to get the most out of life with the least expenditure of labor.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #People #Political #Scientist

  • There cannot be a "good" society until there are "good" men.
    -- Frank Chodorov

    #Men #Good Man