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Harry Browne
Personal details
Born Harry Edson Browne
(1933-06-17)June 17, 1933
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died March 1, 2006(2006-03-01) (aged 72)
Franklin, Tennessee, U.S.
Political party Libertarian
Spouse(s) Pamela Lanier Wolfe
Children Autumn

If younger people see older people who haven't planned ahead and have to rely on charity, the young will be more likely to provide for the future. Today when someone plans poorly, the only consequence people see is a demand for more government.
Harry Browne
I'm sorry that I can't snap my fingers and undo 50 years of bad American foreign policy.
Harry Browne
It has long been apparent that many people in the media don't believe you're competent to make your own decisions.
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Libertarians understand a very simple fact of life: Government doesn't work. It can't deliver the mail on time, it doesn't keep our cities safe, it doesn't educate our children properly.
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Everything you want in life has a price connected to it. There's a price to pay if you want to make things better, a price to pay just for leaving things as they are, a price for everything.
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Whatever the price, identify it now. What will you have to go through to get where you want to be? There is a price you can pay to be free of the situation once and for all. It may be a fantastic price or a tiny one – but there is a price.
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But, actually, it is only Americans who say that our freedoms and prosperity are the reason foreigners hate us. If you ask the foreigners, they make it clear that it's America's bullying foreign policy they detest.
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Whenever I say that America has become an empire, someone is sure to say I'm being ridiculous.
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I found that I was getting a warm reception for my message of freeing you from the income tax, releasing you from Social Security, ending the insane war on drugs, restoring gun rights, and reducing the federal government to just its constitutional functions.
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It is well known that in war, the first casualty is truth – that during any war truth is forsaken for propaganda.
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Voluntary association produces the free market – where each person can choose among a multitude of possibilities.
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Forcing people to be generous isn't humanitarian, effective, compassionate or moral. Only acts that are truly voluntary for all concerned can be truly compassionate.
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Everything we know about human nature and about government tells us that individuals using their own money will achieve far more good for themselves and far more for others than politicians spending money they didn't have to work to earn.
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Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free.
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You can't give the government the power to do good without also giving it the power to do bad – in fact, to do anything it wants.
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The Constitution isn't written in Chinese, Swahili or Sanskrit. It's in plain English.
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Contrary to all the blather we here about the unique goodness of the American people or our religious heritage or anything else, the one thing that set this country apart from all others was the Bill of Rights.
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Everyone will experience the consequences of his own acts. If his act are right, he'll get good consequences; if they're not, he'll suffer for it.
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A Libertarian society of unfettered individualism spreads its benefits to virtually everyone – not just those who have the resources to seize political power.
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The Bill of Rights isn't some legalistic fine print. It was written to make our lives freer, more prosperous, and happier. By forsaking it, America has become no better than any other country in the world.
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What we really need is compassion of the mind – compassion for others that is directed intelligently and produces truly compassionate results.
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A great burden was lifted from my shoulders the day I realized that no one owes me anything.
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Only free people have an incentive to be virtuous. Only people who bear the consequences of their own acts will care about those consequences and try to learn from their mistakes.
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The important thing is to concentrate upon what you can do – by yourself, upon your own initiative.
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Since no one but you can know what's best for you, government control can't make your life better.
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You owe it to yourself to be the best person possible. Because if you are, others will want to be with you, want to provide you with the things you want in exchange for what you're giving to them.
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You are where you are today because you have chosen to be there.
In the 1880s, people all over the world looked to America for inspiration. Its very existence was proof that it was possible to have a relatively free and peaceful country. No income tax, no foreign wars, no welfare state, no intrusions on civil liberties.
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Each person is living for himself; his own happiness is all he can ever personally feel.
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Like many people, most Libertarians feel empathy and sympathy for less fortunate people. But they know you can't have perfection in a world of limited resources.
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A fair trial is one in which the rules of evidence are honored, the accused has competent counsel, and the judge enforces the proper courtroom procedures – a trial in which every assumption can be challenged.
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You don't have to buy from anyone. You don't have to work at any particular job. You don't have to participate in any given relationship. You can choose.
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Communities don't think, don't believe, don't want, don't have needs, don't have interests and don't make decisions. Only individuals have minds that generate desires and needs – and only individuals can make choices and decisions.
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The communitarians may say you've been enjoying too much individual freedom, and that you must give up some of that for the benefit of the community. But they really mean that they want more power over your life – to force you to subsidize, obey and conform to their choices.
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When people do things for you, it's because they want to – because you, in some way, give them something meaningful that makes them want to please you, not because anyone owes you anything.
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There was no military reason to drop atomic bombs on Japan. They were used as terrorist weapons – killing innocent people to influence other people.
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Government is force, pure and simple. There's no way to sugar-coat that. And because government is force, it will attract the worst elements of society – people who want to use government to avoid having to earn their living and to avoid having to persuade others to accept their ideas voluntarily.
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Freedom and responsibility aren't interconnected things. They are the same thing.
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I'm old enough to remember the end of World War II. On Aug. 14, 1946, a year after the Japanese were defeated, most newspapers and magazines had single articles commemorating the end of the war.
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World War II has always been of great interest to me. I've known for decades that it was just one more war the politicians suckered us into.
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You don't need an explanation for everything, Recognize that there are such things as miracles – events for which there are no ready explanations. Later knowledge may explain those events quite easily.
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Some people object to libertarian ideas because there are too many irresponsible people in the world – people who will cause trouble if the government doesn't restrain them.
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America rules the world - by force.
Security… it's simply the recognition that changes will take place and the knowledge that you're willing to deal with whatever happens.
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The government's War on Poverty has transformed poverty from a short-term misfortune into a career choice.
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The important thing is to concentrate upon what you can do – by yourself, upon your own initiative.
Harry Browne
For most of our history, Americans enjoyed both liberty and security from foreign threats.
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Libertarians know that a free country has nothing to fear from anyone coming in or going out – while a welfare state is scared to death of poor people coming in and rich people getting out.
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The American way was for commerce, personal relationships, and religion to be voluntary. No one was forced to participate in something he didn't want.
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While most people in TV, radio, and the press have treated me wonderfully, some of the most important people want to pretend I don't exist.
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