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As noted previously, this newsletter has expanded its focus. In addition to issues related to the environment, we will now also include discussions of topics related to economics. As in the past, the newsletter will discuss relevant analysis done by the JLF and other think tanks as well as items in the news.

Some of my favorite quotes

"It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, it is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance."

Murray Rothbard, economist, political theorist

"The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design."

                                                            F. A. Hayek, Nobel Prize winning economist

"I shall remind you…that the right to life is the source of all rights, including the right to property."

Ayn Rand, novelist, philosopher

"…the defense of the right to life is rooted in the first principles of justice, principles that can be known by reason and that form the basis of American democracy."

George Weigel, author, biographer of Pope John Paul II

"Man wants liberty to become the man he wants to become. He does so precisely because he does not know what man he will want to become in time."

                                                            James Buchanan, Nobel Prize winning economist

"The state requires total slavery–and it commands, to believe, to obey. Every individual autonomy, every act of personal creation, is, by its very nature, outside this law, inimical to the state–a sacrilege."

Carlo Levi, novelist, painter, newspaper editor, and anti-fascist exiled by Musolini in 1936

"Adorn yourself with truth, try to speak truth in all things; and do not support a lie, no matter who asks you. If you speak the truth and someone gets mad at you, don’t be upset, but take comfort in the words of the Lord; Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of truth, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven (MATT. 5:10)."

                                                            St. Gennadius of Constantinople

"A man’s natural rights are his own, against the whole world; and any infringement of them is equally a crime, whether committed by one man, or by millions; whether committed by one man, calling himself a robber, (or by any other name indicating his true character,) or by millions, calling themselves a government."

Lysander Spooner, 19th Century libertarian, abolitionist, pamphleteer, entrepreneur

"Loopholes are the spaces through which liberty breathes."

Attributed to economist Ludwig von Mises, precise origins unknown

"Unlike taxes death doesn’t get worse every year."

A bumper sticker purchased at a novelty shop in Myrtle Beach

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