Please Stop Posting These Fake Quotes

Please Stop Posting These Fake Quotes

I do not know what motivates individuals to create fake quotes. Perhaps I should be thankful that I am unable to fathom the motivations of psychopaths. I don’t know if these are well-intentioned people who simply believe that they can promote good ideas through dishonest means or if these are evilly-intentioned people who hope to make fools of the people who believe these quotations are genuine.

There are tens of thousands of fake quotes being shared regularly on the Internet. Obviously one article cannot draw attention to all of these. However, we can focus on the fake quotes which are so popular that they have been made into quote graphics and spread widely through social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

Here are a few of the fake quotes which are most common in conservative circles. I couldn’t tell you what fake quotes are common in leftist circles, because I don’t go there.

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“The militia is a voluntary force not associated or under the control of the States except when called out; a permanent or long standing force would be entirely different in make-up and call.” – Alexander Hamilton

This quote is often sourced to The Federalist Papers, but does not actually appear there.

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“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” – Benjamin Franklin

There is no evidence Ben Franklin either said or wrote this.

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“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” – Benjamin Franklin

There is no evidence that Ben Franklin ever actually said or wrote this.

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“A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” – George Washington

This quote starts with a legitimate excerpt from George Washington’s first annual address to congress and then edits his words to mean almost the opposite of his original intention. Here is the actual quotation: “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”

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“Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty teeth.” – George Washington.

There is no evidence George Washington ever said or wrote this.

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“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” – George Washington

There is no evidence George Washington ever said or wrote this.

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“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” – George Washington

There is no evidence George Washington ever wrote or said this. This quote appears to have been created after Washington’s death.

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There is no evidence George Washington ever wrote or said this. In addition, it is not stated in the manner in which George Washington would use the English language.

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“Take care not to mistake change for progress.” – Millard Fillmore.

The actual quote from Millard Fillmore is “It is not strange, however much it may be regretted, that such an exuberance of enterprise should cause some individuals to mistake change for progress and the invasion of the rights of others for national prowess and glory.” The editing completely destroys the meaning of the statement.

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“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in the minds of men.” – Samuel Adams

This quote dates back only to 1990 and has also been misattributed to John Adams.

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“If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.” – Thomas Jefferson

This quotation has not been found in Thomas Jefferson’s papers.

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“Most bad government has grown out of too much government.” – Thomas Jefferson

This quote is from John Sharp Williams, during a speech about Thomas Jefferson.

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“Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.”- Thomas Jefferson

This quotation has not been found in any of the writings of Thomas Jefferson.

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“When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson

There is no evidence Thomas Jefferson said or wrote this.

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“The duty of a true patriot is to protect his country from its government.” – Thomas Paine

This is actually a slightly edited quote from Edward Abbey.

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“The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes.” – Thomas Paine

There is no evidence Thomas Pain ever said or wrote this.

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“One man with a gun can control 100 without one.” – Vladimir Lenin

There is no evidence Vladimir Lenin ever said or wrote this.

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“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire

This quote is actually from Kevin Alfred Strom, a neo-Nazi and convicted pedophile.

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Putin’s Propaganda People: Puppets and Puppeteers

If one good thing has come out of Vladimir Putin’s secret war against Ukraine, it is how that war has exposed Putin’s extensive propaganda network in the West. Using classic Soviet methodology, the network consists of a large number of loosely connected cells who are unaware of each others workings and loyalties. This protects the network from being infiltrated, because an infiltrator can only destroy a single cell. Some cells are official employees of the Russian government, others are Russian government contractors, still others are disaffected Westerners who believe that Putinism is a preferable alternative to Democracy. The most dangerous cells are those where most or all the members of the cell are not even aware they are being funded by the Kremlin. An activist organization which promotes Putin’s agenda will receive money from one of Putin’s many front organizations to continue their “good work”.

Many scholars and journalists have begun mapping Putin’s extensive propaganda network, but the network is simply too large for any one person to map. In addition, the financial transactions are done without public disclosure, making it effectively impossible to determine who all is being paid by Kremlin front organizations. However, the invasion of Ukraine has raised the visibility of the network high enough that parts of it are being publicly mapped.

Due to these recent events in Ukraine, most of the analysis of the network focus on anti-Ukrainian propaganda. However, once you start looking into the network you can see that Putin’s other agenda items are also heavily promoted, such as support for the Iranian mullahs and opposition to modern agricultural science.

Here is one map of portions the network developed by Olexander Scherba:

The most comprehensive write-up so far is Pro-Russian Network Behind the Anti-Ukrainian Defamation Campaign, by Anton Shekhovtov, a scholar studying the “far-right” political movement in Europe. (Note: In the US, we might call these “far left” political movements.)

Here are a few other sources to use when attempting to map this vast network:

If you know of additional resources, please mention them in the comments. Together, we might be able to make some progress in removing the covers from this secretive organization.

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Web Sites Which Publish Fake News and Other Hoaxes

Web Sites Which Publish Fake News and Other Hoaxes

A small group of morally-challenged individuals have discovered that there is a great deal of money to be made by publishing fake news articles. These rags publish ridiculous headlines like “Monsanto is Killing Your Children”, “Ukrainians Worship the Devil”, and “Hillary Clinton’s Secret Affair with Vladimir Putin”. These inflammatory headlines are then promoted though social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. The owners of these sites make money from ads that display on their sites when people read the articles. It appears that the more inflammatory and unbelievable the headline, the better it spreads through social media. Debunking these stories can be almost impossible, as the “facts” they contain are unverifiable and therefore unfalsifiable. Although there is no evidence that Hillary Clinton is having an affair with Vladimir Putin, there is also not evidence that she is not having an affair with Vladimir Putin.

A few of these web sites may be run by truly insane people who actually believe what they publish, but if so that is a small minority. One of the proofs of this is how obviously fake the articles are. Old and heavily debunked articles from several years age are routinely updated with new dates and names and republished as new stories. Some site owners may believe that they are trying to shift public opinion by convincing the public to believe outrageous lies. Followers of this Overton Window theory believe that by making wildly unbelievable and bombastic claims, their slightly less unbelievable claims will feel more acceptable to readers. While this certainly may be true, that does not make it a morally acceptable strategy for discussing public policy. Other site owners may feel that they are simply “talking to their base” and that this relieves them of any moral duty to tell the truth. This is a reflection of the sad state of moral thinking in our society today. A few sites claim to be “humor” or “satire” sites and exist mainly to provide links which people can use to fool unsuspecting victims on social media. These sites will sometimes post a disclaimer in the site footer, but often these disclaimers will disappear and reappear over time. A small number of sites on our list are simply government-funded propaganda sites which post ridiculous claims from tyrannical governments which want to improve their public image or attack the public images of their opponents.

The sites on the list below are a mix of all of these types of sites. Strict categorization is not simple as many of these sites exist in multiple categories or switch between categories based upon whatever proves to be most profitable at the current time.

  • 21StCenturyWire.com
  • 800WhistleBlower.com
  • ActivistPost.com
  • Alternet.org
  • AmericanNews.com
  • AntiWar.com
  • BeforeItsNews.com
  • BigPZone.com
  • Chronicle.su
  • ConsciousLifeNews.com
  • ConspiracyWire.com
  • CountdownToZeroTime.com
  • CounterPsyOps.com
  • DailyBuzzLive.com
  • DailyCurrant.com
  • DCClothesLine.com
  • Disclose.tv
  • DuffelBlog.com
  • DuhProgressive.com
  • EliteReaders.com
  • EmpireNews.net
  • English.ruvr.ru
  • EUTimes.net
  • FederalistPress.com
  • FreePatriot.org
  • FromTheTrenchesWorldReport.com
  • GeoEngineeringWatch.org
  • GlobalResearch.ca
  • GonzoGlobe.com
  • GovtSlaves.info
  • GuardianLV.com
  • GulagBound.com
  • HangTheBankers.com
  • HealthImpactNews.com
  • HumansAreFree.com
  • Huzlers.com
  • InfoWars.com
  • IntelliHub.com
  • LewRockwell.com
  • LibertyNews.com
  • LiveFreeLiveNatural.com
  • NationalReport.net
  • NaturalCuresNotMedicine.com
  • NaturalNews.com
  • Newswire-24.com
  • NoDisinfo.com
  • NotAllowedTo.com
  • NowTheEndBegins.com
  • PakAlertPress.com
  • PoliticalBlindSpot.com
  • PressTV.ir
  • PrisonPlanet.com
  • RandPaulReview.com
  • RawForBeauty.com
  • RealFarmacy.com
  • RedFlagNews.com
  • ResponsibleTechnology.org
  • RT.com
  • SecretsOfTheFed.com
  • SouthWeb.org
  • TheCommonSenseShow.com
  • TheControversialFiles.net
  • TheDailySheeple.com
  • TheFreeThoughtProject
  • TheLastGreatStand.com
  • TheNewAmerican.com
  • TheRacketReport.com
  • TheRightPlanet.com
  • TheRunDownLive.com
  • TheUSPatriot.com
  • TopInfoPost.com
  • TruthAndAction.org
  • TruthBroadcastNetwork.com
  • TurnerRadioNetwork.com
  • UndergroundHealth.com
  • USAHitman.com
  • VeteransToday.com
  • WesternJournalism.com
  • WhyDontYouTryThis.com
  • WorldNewsDailyReport.com
  • WorldTruth.tv
  • YourNewsWire.com

Each of these sites may, at times, publish legitimate news articles. This is a useful technique for making the illegitimate articles harder to spot. The fact that a home burglar doesn’t rob houses three nights a week does not make him any less of a home burglar. The fact that some of these sites occasionally posts a legitimate article does not make the publication itself legitimate. Any news site will occasionally publish a poorly-researched article. To earn a spot on this list, the publication must show a clear disregard for the objective truth. We all know how terribly mainstream media outlets like ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN fail to promote legitimate news stories. The promise of alternative media is that we can do better than traditional centralized mass-media. The publishers listed above are purposefully failing to do better. They are actually doing a worse job than the mainstream media — something many of us once thought impossible.

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New Economics and Investing Blog Launched

New Economics and Investing Blog Launched

A new blog on economics and investing is being launched this week. The new web site, BankableInsight, will be focused on educating the public on economic issues that affect their lives. The site will publish economic analysis for non-economists with the intent of helping readers become more informed citizens and investors.

Unlike most similar web sites, BankableInsight will be focused on Main Street, not Wall Street. It will serve retail investors, not institutional investors. It will help non-professional investors make better decisions on how to manage their investment capital.

BankableInsight will also help readers understand the economic aspects of government policy decisions, from taxes and regulations to immigration and the federal debt.

Finally, BankableInsight will publish useful advice on saving money to help readers accumulate funds that can be used for investment.

Please visit the new blog, like them on Facebook, +1 them on Google+, and follow them on Twitter. Projects like these are incredibly difficult to get off the ground and your support will help provide motivation to the entire development team.

Thanks!

 

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A Few Words on Law for My Fellow Republicans

A Few Words on Law for My Fellow Republicans

When discussing current events with my fellow Republicans, I often find myself struggling with a common misconception – the bizarre idea that “legal and illegal” are in some way synonymous with “right and wrong”, “good and bad”, or “moral and immoral.” Republicans tend to be not just law-abiding folks, but also lovers of law and order. This love, as love often does, leads to poor thinking.

When I attempt to explain that what is legal may not be moral and what is moral may not be legal, I often find that my fellow Republicans close their minds not only to the idea — but to everything else I say and to me as a person. I find myself classified as a “law breaker” and equated with Charles Manson and Osama bin Laden. It is, to say the least, not conducive to a productive discussion.

As a result of this happening more than a few times, I am preparing this post of a few words from several of my fellow scofflaws. I may be an incorrigible miscreant, but it appears that I am in fine company:

“Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“An unjust law is no law at all.” — Saint Augustine, On Free Choice Of The Will

“When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.” — Frederick Bastiat

“Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim — when he defends himself — as a criminal.” — Frederic Bastiat, The Law

“It is not, what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice, tells me I ought to do.” — Edmund Burke

“Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.” — Edmund Burke

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’, because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Every actual state is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.” — Thomas Brackett Reed, 1886

“Men do not make laws. They do but discover them. Laws must be justified by something more than the will of the majority. They must rest on the eternal foundation of righteousness.” — Calvin Coolidge

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” — Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (1957)

“The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law, is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of it’s enactment, and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law, and no courts are bound to enforce it.” — 16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d, Sec 256

“We can never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.”” — Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail (16 April, 1963)

“Just as it is the duty of all men to obey just laws, so it is the duty of all men to disobey unjust laws.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

“All that is good is not embodied in the law; and all that is evil is not proscribed by the law. A well-disciplined society needs few laws; but it needs strong mores.” — William F. Buckley

 

 

All quotations sourced from Famous Quote – Quotes on Law.

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How to Save America – In Three Words

How to Save America - In Three Words

Ronald Reagan used to say “There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.” Back in the 1980’s when Ronny was president, Americans had attention spans long enough to watch an entire music video on MTV. Those days, alas, are history. The modern voter, “prepared” for life by our failing “educational” system could never be expected to pay attention to anything for three whole minutes. That’s really just expecting too much from a generation of voters who are accustomed to the majority of their reading occurring via text messages on mobile telephones.

To reach those voters, we need simple messages. These are often called “memes”.  These are far shorter than the “sound bites” that we complained about back in the 1980’s.  Here are a series of memes which document how we can pull America back from the brink of destruction — in three words:

  • Enforce the Constitution
  • Demand Government Accountability
  • Prosecute Government Officials
  • Repeal Unconstitutional Legislation
  • Reduce Government Footprint
  • Balanced Budget Amendment
  • Federal Hiring Freeze
  • Term Limit Politicians
  • Require Voter ID
  • Eliminate National Debt
  • Reduce Tax Burden
  • Eliminate Unnecessary Bureaucracy
  • Reduce Government Overhead
  • Sell Government Assets
  • Eliminate Government Subsidies
  • Respect Taxpayer Dollars
  • Simplify Tax System
  • Eliminate Unnecessary Agencies
  • Outsource Federal Agencies

These are just examples. You can find more memes about how to save America in three words from our followers on Twitter: #ThreeWordsToSaveAmerica.

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