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Engrave this Quote So the question is, do corporate executives, provided they stay within the law, have responsibilities in their business activities other than to make as much money for their stockholders as possible? And my answer to that is, no they do not.
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-Milton Friedman
Bureaucracy
Engrave this Quote Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.
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Business
Engrave this Quote The great virtue of free enterprise is that it forces existing businesses to meet the test of the market continuously, to produce products that meet consumer demands at lowest cost, or else be driven from the market. It is a profit-and-loss system. Naturally, existing businesses generally prefer to keep out competitors in other ways. That is why the business community, despite its rhetoric, has so often been a major enemy of truly free enterprise.
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Engrave this Quote The economic miracle that has been the United States was not produced by socialized enterprises, by government-union-industry cartels or by centralized economic planning. It was produced by private enterprises in a profit-and-loss system. And losses were at least as important in weeding out failures as profits in fostering successes. Let government succor failures, and we shall be headed for stagnation and decline.
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Capitalism
Engrave this Quote History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom. Clearly it is not a sufficient condition.
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Engrave this Quote What kind of society isn't structured on greed? 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.
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Drugs
Engrave this Quote If even a small fraction of the money we now spend on trying to enforce drug prohibition were devoted to treatment and drug rehabilitation, in an atmosphere of compassion not punishment, the reduction in drug usage and in the harm done to users could be dramatic.
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Freedom
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Government
Engrave this Quote Governments never learn. Only people learn.
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Engrave this Quote Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.
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Engrave this Quote The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.
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Immigration
Engrave this Quote There was a time when we the U.S. had completely unrestricted immigration, when anybody could come to these shores and the motto on the Statue of Liberty had some real meaning. This was a country of hope and of promise for immigrants and their children, and as many as a million immigrants a year came in 1906 and '07 and '08. By 1914, roughly a third of the population was foreign-born or the immediate descendants of foreign-born...The fact that year after year hundreds of thousands of people left the countries of Europe to come to this country was persuasive evidence that they were coming to improve their lot, not to worsen it.
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Inflation
Engrave this Quote Inflation is the one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation.
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Power
Engrave this Quote Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.
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Engrave this Quote The power to do good is also the power to do harm.
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Responsibility
Engrave this Quote What does it mean to say that government might have a responsibility? Government can't have a responsibility any more than the business can. The only entities which can have responsibilities are people.
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Risk
Engrave this Quote Never try to walk across a river just because it has an average depth of four feet.
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Welfare
Engrave this Quote Consider Social Security. The young have always contributed to the support of the old. Earlier, the young helped their own parents out of a sense of love and duty. They now contribute to the support of someone else's parents out of compulsion and fear. The voluntary transfers strengthened the bonds of the family; the compulsory transfers weaken those bonds.
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Work
Engrave this Quote There's no such thing as a free lunch.
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