Quotations by: Harry Browne


The Bill of Rights is a literal and absolute document. The First Amendment doesn’t say you have a right to speak out unless the government has a ‘compelling interest’ in censoring the Internet. The Second Amendment doesn’t say you have the right to keep and bear arms until some madman plants a bomb. The Fourth Amendment doesn’t say you have the right to be secure from search and seizure unless some FBI agent thinks you fit the profile of a terrorist. The government has no right to interfere with any of these freedoms under any circumstances.

— Harry Browne

Government is good at only one thing. It breaks your legs, hands you crutches, and says, “See, if it weren’t for us, you wouldn’t be able to walk.”

— Harry Browne

Some people say the libertarian program to reduce the federal government goes too far; that it throws out the baby with the bathwater. But we have to remember – it’s Rosemary’s Baby

— Harry Browne

I am 70 years old. I hope to live another 20 or 30 years – 40, if we can get rid of the FDA.

— Harry Browne

The government’s War on Poverty has transformed poverty from a short-term misfortune into a career choice.

— Harry Browne

Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free.

— Harry Browne

A welfare state is frightened of every poor person who tries to get in and every rich person who tries to get out.

— Harry Browne

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