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October 28, 2011

A chuckle a day keeps the carnage at bay

Filed under: Uncategorized — surgerycenterok @ 8:10 am

Ever see a picture of Murray Rothbard?  He is always smiling.  Ever see a picture of Lew Rockwell?  Same thing.  These guys (Rothbard is deceased now) faced the truth, denied the bliss of ignorance and remained “smilers.”  When I first started reading about the extent to which we had all been scammed by our own government, I found it irritating and disturbing….nothing to smile about.  How then can these great libertarians be so happy?  Are they people who always look on the bright side no matter?  Like a friend of mine who once told me that the great thing about his horrible marriage is that he no longer feared death?

Rockwell wrote an article months ago that there was a joy and peace in knowing the truth, even if that meant that you were like a physician standing amongst those dying from the plague…at least you know why what’s happening is happening…there is a peace in understanding calamity.  Armed with logical and correct thoughts, predictive power is enhanced and the uncertainty of “what’s next” is alleviated to some extent.    John Nichols, founder of Devon Energy, is known to have said that “..the human mind can stand anything…the worst of news…except it can’t stand uncertainty.”

 I think that is why Rockwell and others are always smiling.  The lack of uncertainty, the predictability of world events provides a certain solace to them.  There is also a faith in the power of the free market that no matter what government does in the short run, the market will rule in the long run and events will unfold as they should eventually.  Great libertarian thinkers also seem to find morbid humor in various injustices.  Some of the funniest things I’ve ever read were excoriating remarks from libertarian writers.

Joe Sobran:  ..”if the Iraqis need a constitution, let them have ours…we’re not using it.” Also, “I will never forgive George Bush for making me miss Bill Clinton.”

Lew Rockwell:   “..we have the stupid party and the evil party.  Sometimes they get together and do something stupid and evil.  That is called bipartisanship.”

Walter Williams:  ”…when you hear that Williams’ guns are gone, you will know that Williams is dead.”

Postmaster General to Lew Rockwell on Bill Buckley’s “Firing Line”….”I haven’t read your writings or newsletter.”   Rockwell responds,”  …and you betray that.”

Walter Block:…sorry I can’t begin to repeat a fraction of the hilarious stuff from this guy!

P.J. O’Rourke:  ”..if you think health care is expensive now, wait until it’s free!”

Will Grigg:  ”…the show “Cops”  is basically bootlicker’s pornography.”

Frederic Bastiat:   ..on the definition of government:  ”Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everyone else.”

Peter Schiff:  ..”unemployment isn’t high enough…the goon in the white house still has his job.”

Yuri Maltsev:  ”We pretended to work in the Soviet Union and they pretended to pay us.”

Hans Sennholz:  heavy german accent…”..there are two ways to obtain wealth:  work and robbery.”

Will Rogers:   “Thank the Lord that we aren’t getting all of the government that we’re payin for!”  Also..” ..two things you should never watch being made:  laws and sausages.”

A surgeon I work with said in the operating room one day,”…I just paid off my mortgage and it feels good to finally own my house.”  I said, “..don’t pay your property taxes and you’ll find out who really owns your home.”  He was devastated and irritated with this truth.  I thought it was funny.

Adopting the freedom philosophy is advisable if for no other reason than to put a smile on your face in this extremely troubled world.  Please comment if you have other funnies that you’d like posted.

G. Keith Smith, M.D.

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