The suppression of unnecessary offices, of useless establishments and expenses, enabled us …

The suppression of unnecessary offices, of useless establishments and expenses, enabled us to discontinue our internal taxes. These covering our land with officers and opening our doors to their intrusions, had already begun that process of domiciliary vexation which once entered is scarcely to be restrained from reaching, successively, every article of property and produce. Thomas Jefferson
[On the evil of taxation and the problems to be expected](1743-1826)

There were in this country two very large monopolies. The larger of …

There were in this country two very large monopolies. The larger of the two had the following record: the Vietnam War, Watergate, double-digit inflation, fuel and energy shortages, bankrupt airlines, and the 8-cent postcard. The second was responsible for such things as the transistor, the solar cell, lasers, synthetic crystals, high fidelity stereo recording, sound motion pictures, radio astronomy, negative feedback, magnetic tape, magnetic ‘bubbles’, electronic switching systems, microwave radio and TV relay systems, information theory, the first electrical digital computer, and the first communications satellite. Guess which one got to tell the other how to run the telephone business? Unknown
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There is no reasonable ground for interfering with the liberty of person …

There is no reasonable ground for interfering with the liberty of person or the right of free contract, by determining the hours of labor, in the occupation of a baker. There is no contention that bakers as a class are not equal in intelligence and capacity to men in other trades or manual occupations, or that they are not able to assert their rights and care for themselves without the protecting arm of the state, interfering with their independence of judgment and of action. They are in no sense wards of the state. US Supreme Court
Lochner v New York, 98 U.S. 45 (1905)

It is desired that Sons and Daughters of Liberty would not buy …

It is desired that Sons and Daughters of Liberty would not buy any one thing of him, for in so doing they will bring Disgrace upon themselves, and their posterity, for ever and ever, Amen.

Note regarding: ‘William Jackson, an importer; at the Brazen Head, North Side of the Town-house and opposite the Town-pump, in Corn-hill, Boston.’ c 1770.

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