My buddy Kevin Baker of The Smallest Minority does some Quote-loading:
The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests. — Patrick Henry
The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people. — William O. Douglas
There’s a whole lot more here and as always a discussion that’s worth reading for the Master-Class engagement it offers.
And as Zero Hedge emerges as the likely culprit for my “Tyler Durden” Googleplex dream-influence, the indomitable Joe Huffman reveals a concurrent QOTD from reader John Aziz at that source.:
I’m not sure that Marxists have ever understood capitalism; Das Kapital is a mammoth work concentrating on many facets of 19th Century industrial and economic development, but it tends to focus in on obscure minutiae without ever really considering the coherent whole. If Marxists had ever come close to grasping the broader mechanisms of capitalism — and if they truly cared about democracy — they would have been far less likely to promulgate a system based on dictatorial central planning.
The chief problem that Marxists face is their misidentification of the present economic system as free market capitalism. How can we meaningfully call a system where the price of money is controlled by the state a free market? How can we meaningfully call a system where financial institutions are routinely bailed out a free market? How can we meaningfully call a system where upwards of 40% of GDP is spent by the state a free market? How can we call a system where the market trades the possibility of state intervention rather than underlying fundamentals a free market?
Joe notes: As I said after reading the Communist Manifesto, “The typical two year old child or even the family dog wouldn’t accept the conclusions unless they were forced into compliance.”