Peace: a failure of governments to function properly. Butler Shaffer (via conza)

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Ultimately, the source of our problems lies at the level of the individual. If people lack moral values and integrity, no system of laws and regulations will be adequate. So long as people give priority to material values, then injustice, corruption, inequity, intolerance, and greed— all the outward manifestations of neglect of inner values— will persist.

Dalai Lama  (via cadburycrazed)

Also from the Lama: “If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.  Not at the head, where a fatal wound might result. But at some other body part, such as a leg.”

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Anyone who believes that Ron Paul has simply dreamed up an ideology that young people find attractive has no understanding of what is transpiring in this movement. Ron has tapped into an energy source that could be likened to a Rupert Sheldrake “morphogenetic field.” At both a conscious and unconscious level, tens of millions of people throughout the world are sharing in the spontaneous eruption of opposition to the dehumanizing, oppressive, violent, and destructive nature of the corporate-state systems that exploit human beings for institutional ends. Peace, liberty, private property ownership, and respect for the inviolability of the individual, are qualities insisted upon by growing numbers of persons, not only in America, but elsewhere in the world.

Butler Shaffer

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Butler Shaffer was one of my wife’s professors in law school. He also had a great cameo on the Robert Wenzel Show: 

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