Formulations and Quotes

This posting showcases various formulations, ponderings, and quotes by myself and other selected authors (with whom I have acquired permission to post when necessary) that I think express the essential elements in applying Capitalism and Freedom. I will be continually adding to this posting, so make sure you visit often. Thanks.


Encouraged by, and inspired by, my good friend Beth Haynes (see her blog “Wealth is not the Problem” ), who came up with a brilliant way of formulating and expressing rational, fundamental concepts in a clear, concise manner. She herself was inspired by a famous formulation by President Abraham Lincoln. His formulation was this:

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my ideas of democracy.”
Abraham Lincoln, (1809-1865) 16th U.S. President

This is my inspired formulation regarding Capitalism:

“As I would not want my life and freedom controlled by the state, so I would not want the state to control the lives and freedoms of all other men. This expresses my ideas of Capitalism.”
John Dick, 2008 U.S. Citizen

This was Beth Haynes’ formulation regarding Morality:

“As I would not be a victim, so I would not be a thief. This expresses my idea of morality.”
Beth Haynes, 2008 U.S. Citizen

Thanks Beth!


“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
Thomas Jefferson, (1743-1826) 3rd U.S. President

For a full collection of quotes by Thomas Jefferson (and many others), see