Quotes by: L. Neil Smith

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L. Neil Smith
Born Lester Neil Smith III
(1946-05-12) May 12, 1946 (age 70)
Denver, Colorado
Occupation Novelist, activist
Nationality American
Period 20th century, 21st century.
Genre Libertarian science fiction
Website
www.lneilsmith.org

We must oppose programs that would take food from the mouths of younger generations to buy prescription drugs for old people, and we must do it... for the children.
L. Neil Smith
Collective states are constitutionally incapable of reliably producing anything but corpses.
L. Neil Smith
The claim that the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked because fundamentalists hate our prosperity and freedom is a ridiculous lie.
L. Neil Smith
As to the media, they are protected by the First Amendment, as they should be.
L. Neil Smith
City governments ought to be abolished, if only as a public health measure.
L. Neil Smith
We are expected to believe that anyone who objects to the Department of Homeland Security or the USA Patriot Act is a terrorist, and that the only way to preserve our freedom is to hand it over to the government for safekeeping.
L. Neil Smith
I'll remind you all, however, that for government, existence is a privilege, not a right.
L. Neil Smith
I propose a Constitutional Amendment providing that, if any public official, elected or appointed, at any level of government, is caught lying to any member of the public for any reason, the punishment shall be death by public hanging.
L. Neil Smith
The main problem is that for a boycott to be effective, you must first persuade thousands - maybe even millions of others - to go along, which is a lot of work and usually not successful.
L. Neil Smith
A libertarian presidential candidate isn't going to win anyway, so he can afford to say that all taxation is theft, and it isn't the job of a libertarian presidential candidate to cook up new ways to commit theft.
L. Neil Smith
People in the mass media tend more and more every day to look and act like elected and appointed officials.
L. Neil Smith
As a novelist, I have a somewhat higher soapbox to stand on than most people do when it comes to talking back to the merchants of fear.
L. Neil Smith
This planet is 15 million years overdue for an asteroid strike like the one that killed the dinosaurs.
L. Neil Smith
It's often been observed that the first casualty of war is the truth. But that's a lie, too, in its way. The reality is that, for most wars to begin, the truth has to have been sacrificed a long time in advance.
L. Neil Smith
The War on Drugs employs millions - politicians, bureaucrats, policemen, and now the military - that probably couldn't find a place for their dubious talents in a free market, unless they were to sell pencils from a tin cup on street corners.
L. Neil Smith
The first thing you need to know, in order to establish some perspective and avoid panic, is that the violent government excesses we're seeing today are far from unprecedented.
L. Neil Smith
Collective states are constitutionally incapable of reliably producing anything but corpses.
L. Neil Smith
The fact is that surveys which media people openly admit to show that fewer than twelve percent of their customers believe they're doing a good job, while the average profit margin in television is in the neighborhood of eighty percent.
L. Neil Smith
Poverty is a solved problem - all they have to do is abolish taxes and regulations which cripple those intelligent, capable, and responsible men and women and destroy their productive capacity, then stand back and watch the economy boom.
L. Neil Smith
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