Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw’s®
Life Extension NewsTM
Volume 15 No. 6 • October 2012


We are especially moved by events that did not have to be, but that occurred for identifiable reasons subject to endless mulling and stewing …When we realize that the actual outcome did not have to be, that any alteration in any step along the way would have unleashed a cascade down a different channel, we grasp the causal power of individual events. We can argue, lament, or exult over each detail because each holds the power of transformation. Contingency is the affirmation of control by immediate events over destiny, the kingdom lost for want of a horseshoe nail.

— Stephen Jay Gould

Instead of union, let us have disunion now. Instead of fusing the small, let us dismember the big. Instead of creating fewer and larger states, let us create more and smaller ones.

— Leopold Kohr, The Breakdown of Nations (1957)

Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.

— George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

Things are always going to be falling apart on Earth, you might as well get used to it.

— Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Mars (1992)

Of all checks on democracy, federalism has been the most efficacious and the most congenial … The federal system limits and restrains the sovereign power by dividing it and by assigning to Government only certain defined rights. It is the only method of curbing not only the majority but the power of the whole people.

— Lord Acton [as quoted in F. A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom. This quote uses the word “federalism” as was used in the original quote by Lord Acton rather than the word “federation” which was substituted for “federalism” by Hayek—the correction was noted by Bruce Caldwell, who edited the 2007 “Definitive Edition” of Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom.]

(D&S comments on federalism: The rise of the administrative state (e.g., lawmaking by regulatory agencies) has resulted in the bypass of most Constitutional protections (for example, there is no right to trial by jury in the administrative law courts nor is there any Fourth Amendment requirement of a court ordered warrant to access an individual’s property or papers under administrative law). This has done immense harm to the protection of liberty rights built into the federalist design of the U.S. government. We favor getting rid of the administrative agencies altogether and abiding by the Constitutional specification of Congress as the sole author of laws. “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States …”, Article I Section I of the U.S. Constitution)

Gillian Taylor: Don’t tell me — you’re from outer space! Kirk: No, I’m from Iowa. I only work in outer space. .

— Meerson, Krikes, Bennett, and Meyer, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (film, 1986)

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

— H. L. Mencken

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