— Robert B. Reich American political economist 1946
„Man has free choice, or otherwise counsels, exhortations, commands, prohibitions, rewards and punishments would be in vain.“
— Thomas Aquinas Italian Dominican scholastic philosopher of the Roman Catholic Church 1225 - 1274
— Milton Friedman American economist, statistician, and writer 1912 - 2006
Context: The existence of a free market does not of course eliminate the need for government. On the contrary, government is essential both as a forum for determining the "rule of the game" and as an umpire to interpret and enforce the rules decided on. Ch. 1 The Relation Between Economic Freedom and Political Freedom, 2002 edition, page 15
„In a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.“
— Matt Taibbi, Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America
— Zhuangzi classic Chinese philosopher -369 - -286 a.C.
— Robert G. Ingersoll, The Christian Religion An Enquiry
Context: There are in nature neither rewards nor punishments — there are consequences. The life of Christ is worth its example, its moral force, its heroism of benevolence. "The Christian Religion" The North American Review, August 1881 http://books.google.com/books?id=OPmfAAAAMAAJ&q=%22There+are+in+nature+neither+rewards+nor+punishments+there+are+consequences%22&pg=PA14#v=onepage http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/cgi/t/text/pageviewer-idx?c=nora&cc=nora&view=image&seq=121&idno=nora0133-2 Variants: We must remember that in nature there are neither rewards nor punishments there are consequences. The life and death of Christ do not constitute an atonement. They are worth the example, the moral force, the heroism of benevolence, and in so far as the life of Christ produces emulation in the direction of goodness, it has been of value to mankind. As published in Some Reasons Why (1895) http://www.infidels.org/library/historical/robert_ingersoll/some_reasons_why.html In nature, there are neither rewards nor punishments — there are consequences. Letters and Essays, 3rd Series. Some Reasons Why, viii.
„The cumulative development of a medium of exchange on the free market — is the only way money can become established. … government is powerless to create money for the economy; it can only be developed by the processes of the free market.“
— Murray N. Rothbard American economist of the Austrian School, libertarian political theorist, and historian 1926 - 1995
— Drew Carey American actor, comedian, game show host, libertarian and photographer 1958
— Tom Peters American writer on business management practices 1942
— George Mason American delegate from Virginia to the U.S. Constitutional Convention 1725 - 1792
Context: Every master of slaves is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgment of heaven on a Country. As nations can not be rewarded or punished in the next world they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes & effects providence punishes national sins, by national calamities. August 22
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
„It is the asymmetry of the bonus system that got us here. No incentives without disincentives: capitalism is about rewards and punishments, not just rewards.“
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, statistician, former trader and risk analyst 1960
„Foundational to our exceptional nation’s sacred private property rights, a business must have freedom to locate where it wishes. In a free market, if a business makes a mistake (including a marketing mistake that perhaps Carrier executives made), threatening to move elsewhere claiming efficiency’s sake, then the market’s invisible hand punishes. Thankfully, that same hand rewards, based on good business decisions. But this time-tested truth assumes we’re operating on a level playing field. When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent. Meanwhile, the invisible hand that best orchestrates a free people’s free enterprise system gets amputated. Then, special interests creep in and manipulate markets. Republicans oppose this, remember? Instead, we support competition on a level playing field, remember? Because we know special interest is one big fail.“
— Sarah Palin American politician 1964
„The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence, not skin color, gender, or ethnicity.“
— Ron Paul American politician and physician 1935
As quoted in "Government and Racism" http://archive.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul381.html (18 April 2007).