Harry BrowneHarry Browne, (1933-2006) American libertarian writer, politician, and free-market investment analyst. Libertarian candidate for US President 1996 & 2000

Harry Browne Quote

“You can't give the government the power to do good without also giving it the power to do bad - in fact, to do anything it wants.”

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~ Harry Browne

Ratings and Comments

jim k, Austin

Exactly right.


I like it a lot. Even when taking administrations out of what is perceived as normal government and placing them into a body politic of servants with an extremely limited list of what that group of administrators can do, the whole scope of good and bad escalates into an unrecognizable ahh - mmm - i dunno ?

E Archer, NYC

The primary task is keeping the government from doing anything it wants -- the laws are not enough, they break them as a matter of practice. It is pretty clear to me that US government powers-that-be are vastly unchecked; it's all about money now, no one speaks of liberty. Harry Browne is stating the current condition of affairs, not just a warning for the future. How the hell do we roll back all these taxing powers that are funding our own servitude? Do Blue Lives Matter so much that 2/3 of all government personnel are some form of 'law enforcement'? It's called a police state!


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