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COMMAND ECONOMY: "In market economies the principal business decisions are taken by individuals, who freely exchange their goods or services. In the command economy, the state makes the fundamental business decisions." - George M. Taber, TIME, 21.4.80.
COMMAND ECONOMY: "A police state finds it cannot command the grain to grow." - John F. Kennedy, State of the Union Message, Jan. 14, 1963.
COMMAND ECONOMY:"At the basis of Soviet economics is what Michael Polanyi memorably called "Command Planning' - the authority of the parade ground continued in civilian life, but reinforced with sanctions rather more formidable than the glasshouse." - John Gonriet in K.W. Watkins, ed., In Defence of Freedom, 35.
COMMAND ECONOMY: "In einer dirigierten Wirtschaft leben nur die Dirigenten gut." - Petan. (In a command (controlled, or planned) economy only the commanders (controllers or planners) live well.)
COMMAND ECONOMY: "There is no comparison between goods produced by decree and those produced to supply wants registered in the market. Goods produced by decree are qualitatively inferior (*); they are orphans in the market place, seeking some kind-hearted soul who will adopt them..." - Clarence B. Carson, in THE FREEMAN, Aug. 77. (*) or excessively costly or rare. - J.Z.
COMMAND ECONOMY: "A market confronts a command economy: in the former what is produced is ultimately determined by what people with money to buy are prepared to buy; in the latter the crux is what people in a position to enforce their commands choose to command." - Anthony Flew, The Politics of Procrustes, 136.
COMMAND ECONOMY: "There are three known ways in which people can be brought to co-operate for their mutual benefit. First, they can be given orders - The COMMAND SYSTEM, which remains a command system even if those who give the orders are elected by the shop floor (1) or the commands are determined by majority vote. Secondly, they can do what is required out of mutual benevolence - UNENFORCED GOOD BEHAVIOUR. Thirdly, they can co-operate because it is in their private interest to provide others with what they require - THE MARKET SYSTEM." - Samuel Brittan, Participation without Politics, 15. - (1) Here one should distinguish e.g. elections among small autonomous work groups, of optimal size for a job from the unionist to syndicalist elections among many people in a large factory or even industry. - J.Z., 2.10.02.
COMMAND ECONOMY: "Take the cases of neighboring African countries that have similar peoples, natural resources and other conditions : free-enterprising Kenya has surged, whereas Tanzania's command economy has slumped; the Ivory Coast is capitalist and prosperous, while neighboring Guinea is socialist and impoverished." - George M. Taber, TIME, 21.4.80.
COMMAND ECONOMY: "With wage controls come price controls and the whole paraphernalia of the command system." - Hans Sennholz, Inflation or Gold Standard? p. 16.
COMMANDISM: "Commandism is wrong in any type of work." - Ascribed to Mao, in ANALOG, 11/76, p. 71. - So what was he doing in the top command position, for all too many years? - J.Z., 2.10.02.
COMMANDMENTS: "The 11th Commandment: Thou shalt not get away with it." - from film: Remo Unarmed & Dangerous, 1985, featuring Fred Ward.
COMMANDMENTS: "If Jehovah had been civilised, he would have left out the commandment about keeping the Sabbath, and in its place would have said: 'Thou shalt not enslave they fellow-men.'" - Robert Ingersoll, About the Holy Bible. - See: God, Sunday Observance Laws, Slavery.
COMMANDMENTS: "An American girl who spoke scoldingly of the Ten Commandments said: 'They don't tell you what you ought to do and only put ideas into your head.'" - Herbert Henry Asquith Earl of Oxford.
COMMANDMENTS: "... the anecdote of the gypsy, who replied, upon being asked whether he had heard of the Ten Commandments: he had heard on the grapevine that they were going to be repealed and thus he would not have troubled about them." - Dr. Herbert Stegeman, DER TAGESSPIEGEL, 25.11.51.
COMMANDMENTS: "There are no commandments, because there is no commander anywhere." - Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus III, 137.
COMMANDMENTS: "Write your own commandments." - Alta, quoted in RED & BLACK, 4/73.
COMMANDMENTS: "Moses: The inventor of the ten most universally broken laws." - L. L. Levinson, Webster's Unafraid Dictionary. - I filmed George Hardy's "Society in Conflict". In it he attempts to offer an improved draft. Dagobert Runes offer a criticism in his "Handbook of Reason", p. 56. G. Szmak offered "The Ten Demandments of Economic Order." A Humanist criticism of the Ten Commandments can be found in THE AUSTRALIAN HUMANIST, No. 1, Dec. 66, 6pp, by Beatrice Faust, under the heading: "Ethics vs. Morality." - Alas, I have no short alternative formulas to the 10 Commandments on hand. They would, anyhow, fit better into an encyclopaedia of the best refutations. - J.Z., 7.6.94.
COMMANDS: "If there is a devil in human history, the devil is the principle of command. It alone, sustained by the ignorance and stupidity of the masses, without which is could not exist, is the source of all the catastrophes, all the crimes and all the infamies of history." - Bakunin, Dol. p. 257. - Compare: Obedience, Subordination, Statism.
COMMANDS: "The instinct to command ... is a ... savage instinct." - Bakunin, Protestation of the Alliance, 1871.
COMMANDS: "I'm so sick of people telling me what to do." - From film: The Hunter is for Killing, 2 Jan. 82, Channel 4.
COMMANDS: "There is one thing in the world more wicked than the desire to command, and that is the will to obey." - William Kindon Clifford. - See: Rulers, Evil.
COMMANDS: "The man of virtuous soul commands not nor obeys." - Josiah Warren, in his notebook, quoted by Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, 68.
COMMISSIONS: Don't abdicate your conscience, rights and responsibilities to any commission, committee or board. - J.Z., 30.10.76.
COMMISSIONS: "... a commission's report does not and cannot reflect the strengths of its individual members." - Stigler, The Intellectual & the Market Place, 19.
COMMISSIONS: "I do not conclude that commissions would be excluded from the good society, ... Those commissions which buy time are often splendid social assets - they provide a cooling-off period on public passions, a function the United States Senate no longer fulfils so efficiently. Those which propagandise - that is, most of the other commissions - are finding that competition, the life of trade, can become the death of influence. The commission reports are now so numerous as to have become unimportant. Yet they will undoubtedly persist, unless displaced by some more dramatic innovation such as the summit conference, until a fateful day. That day, the theory of probability tells us, must eventually come: TWO distinguished and impartial commissions will simultaneously issue conflicting reports. Then the secret will be out: bringing twenty men together for eighty hours yields a weak formulation of somebody's ideas." - Stigler, The Intellectucal and the Market Place, 22/23.
COMMISSIONS: "What we remember about these commissions is that they labored long and sensibly, that they produced elaborate recipes for reform, that the President and Congress acted favorably on their recommendations, and that the bureaucracies hastened to comply. What is forgotten is that six months later the results of these mighty and conscientious labors are imperceptible. Government does not cost less and work better. It costs more and works less well. Government is forever reorganising itself, like a restless sleeper, thinking always that a new position will be more comfortable than the last. Efficiency commissions simply compound the initial transgression." - Richard Cornuelle, Demanaging America, 62.
COMMISSIONS: "This still leaves many activities which, like the IRC and the Land Commission, can best be reformed by abolishing 'neddy' and all the 'little neddies', the industrial training boards (despite their Conservative paternity), the CONCORDE and the many other offsprings of technology mania, the remaining marketing boards, and even that Uncle Tom Cobleigh of state institutions, the Forestry Commission, could all be despatched without loss. The only gap created by their disappearance would be in the telephone directory." - Boyson, Goodbye to Nationalisation, 31.
COMMISSIONS: "Commissioners, when your stupid programs finally lead to bankruptcy and revolution, and some idiot puts a gun to you head, I will remember that you used force against me, and I will give you all the help you deserve." - JAG, 27. 3. 73. (In a discussion of the social insecurity system.)
COMMISSIONS: "The government does not even ask 'How come?' It goes on piling Commission on Commission, laws on laws." - Henry Meulen, THE INDIVIDUALIST, 8/76.
COMMITMENT: "In international relations, a statesman's solemn pledge that somebody else will do something." - L.A. Rollins, Lucifer's Lexicon.
COMMITTEES: "A committee is a life form with six or more legs and no brain." - Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, 353. Also, in Notebooks of Lazarus Long.
COMMITTEES: "God so loved the world that he didn't sent a committee!" - T. E., in Reader's Digest, 8/76.
COMMITTEES: "A giraffe is a zebra created by a committee." - Source?
COMMITTEES: "A group of men who keep minutes and waste hours." - Anon. - Also ascribed to W.G. P.: "A committee is a body that keeps minutes and wastes hours."
COMMITTEES: "A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours." - Milton Berle.
COMMITTEES: "A committee is a group of people who talk for hours to produce a result called minutes." - A. D., quoted in READER'S DIGEST, 5/76.
COMMITTEES: "... committee rule with its anonymity and evasion of personal responsibility." - Thomas Robertson, in Social Relations and Freedom, published by Modern Publishers, Indore, India, p. 6.
COMMITTEES: "Of all the man-made laws on the statute books, an inestimable number are examples of bad law. This was so in the past, and the future will be little different, for man is now and forever imperfect. Nor is it difficult to see how these imperfections are pyramided through the collective action involved in the making of laws. Men acting as individuals always behave more responsibly, sensibly, and in accord with conscience, than men acting in committee." - L. E. Read, Then Truth Will Out,117.
COMMITTEES: "With full competition and freedom of trade,
Each dollar, as spent, votes what shall be made.
A thousand commissions,
Working daytime and night,
Could not guide production
So nearly aright." - Willford L. King.
COMMITTEES: "A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled." - Sir Barnett Cocks.
COMMITTEES: "Committee: an avenue into which good ideas are lured and quietly strangled." - Anon., quoted in READER'S DIGEST, 10/82. - Parliaments do not even lure them - but rather deter them. - J.Z., 22.10.82. - A good suggestion box scheme can be much more productive of good ideas and projects than most parliaments are. See: Ideas Archive. - J.Z., 2.10.02.
COMMITTEES: "The committee is a dead end, into which ideas are drawn and then quietly throttled." - John A. Lincoln.
COMMITTEES: Parliaments are the worst committees of all. They gather the worst men: the most immoral, ignorant and prejudiced - and give them almost unlimited power over the lives, liberties and property of all others. - J.Z., 8.6.94.
COMMITTEES: "No great achievements of humanity ever came through government committees." - Milton Friedman.
COMMITTEES: Committees are irresponsible opinion makers. They neither profit nor lose from their decisions; they profit merely from serving time and giving any old opinion. - J.Z., 5.2.77.
COMMITTEES: "Statistics have proved that the surest way to get anything out of the public mind and never hear of it again is to have a Senate Committee appointed to look into it..." - Will Rogers. - See Boards, Commissions, Bureaucracy, Responsibility, Public Opinion, Cover-Ups.
COMMITTEES: "By inflating the state's bureaucracies, governments have created a condition where commitment has been replaced by committees, where leadership is abandoned in favor of exhortation, and where no one is responsible for anything." - Kenneth McDonald, THE FREEMAN, Aug. 77, p. 506.
COMMITTEES: "If Moses had operated through committees, the Israelites never would have got across the Red Sea." - Gen. William Booth, Salvation Army founder. Quoted Edward Morello, N.Y. WORLD-TELEGRAM, 28 July 1965.
COMMITTEES: "A committee is a group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary." - Richard Harkness, N.Y. HERALD TRIBUNE, 15 June 1960.
COMMITTEES: "Committee - a group of the unfit, appointed by the unwilling, to do the unnecessary." - Steven Harrol. Also ascribed to Carl C. Byers.
COMMITTEES: "I have heard a committee described as a group of the unwilling, appointed by the incompetent, to do the unnecessary." - MICROGRAPHICS AUSTRALASIA, 10/78, p.22.
COMMITTEE: "To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than three men, two of them absent." - Dr. Laurence J. Peter
COMMITTEES: "A study of the British example would suggest that the point of ineffectiveness in a cabinet is reached when the total membership exceeds 20 or perhaps 21. The Council of the Crown, the King's Council, the Privy Council had each passed the 20 mark when their decline began. The present British cabinet is just short of that number now, having recoiled from the abyss. we might be tempted to conclude from this that cabinets - or other committees - with a membership in excess of 21 are losing the reality of power and that those with a larger membership have already lost it. No such theory can be tenable, however, without statistical proof. Table II on the following page attempts to furnish part of it." - C. Northcote Parkinson, Parkinson's Law, 19.
COMMITTEES: "For in a cabinet of nine it will be found that policy is made by three, information supplied by two, and financial warning uttered by one. With the neutral chairman, that accounts for seven, the other two appearing at first glance to be merely ornamental. This allocation of duties was first noted in Britain about 1639, but there can be no doubt that the folly of including more than three able and talkative men in one committee had been discovered long before that. ..." - C. Northcote Parkinson, Parkinson's Law, 32.
COMMITTEES: "Committees are devices to keep individuals from going very wrong, not devices to reach truth where the policy issues are seriously controversial or the analytical or factual questions are complex. No commission has ever solved a hard problem in any intellectual sense: at its rare best, a commission has split or overawed the opposition." - Stigler, The Intellectual and the Market Place, 20.
COMMITTEES: "The ideal committee consists of two, four or six people who haven't time, and one person who likes to run things his own way." - K. N. H., quoted in READER'S DIGEST, 5/78.
COMMITTEES: "... Why is a committee rarely if ever right? Simply because its conclusions or resolutions are an amalgam, compromise, potpourri of the members' varying conceptions of what ought to be done. The final position is whatever a majority finds not too offensive; in few circumstances is it strictly in accord with what any single conscience dictates as right. A committee can rarely be right unless one endorses the naive notion that might makes right or, its equivalent, that whatever a majority endorses is right. - Third, in what respect do persons among the mill run of us resemble a committee and, thus, fail to stand for what is right? Most of our proclaimed positions are divorced from and are not dictated by highest conscience. Instead, they are determined by the circumstances which surround the person: pressures, popular opinions, clichés, fear of disapproval, desire for fame, wealth, power, and so on. As in the case of committee resolutions, proclaimed positions are, for the most part, no more than an amalgam, compromise, potpourri of environmental circumstances. TRUTH - WHAT'S RIGHT - IS NOT TO BE FOUND IN THIS! - Read, Who's Listening, 169.
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