Stanislav Jirak

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Beggars in Spain

“What those who have owns to those who have not?”
— Nancy Kress


“Contracts are voluntary and mutually beneficial. As opposed to coercion, which is wrong.”

“The strong have no right to take anything from the weak by force,”….”Nor the weak to take anything by force from the strong.”

“Coercion is a cheat. It produces nothing new. Only freedom – the freedom to achieve, the freedom to trade freely the results of achievement – creates the environment proper to the dignity and spirituality of man.”


“Yes, there are beggars in Spain who trade nothing, give nothing, do nothing. But there are more than beggars in Spain. Withdraw from the beggars, you withdraw from the whole damn country. And you withdraw from the possibility of the ecology of help.”

“The will to believe created its own power, its own faith, and ultimately, its own will. Through the practice of faith, whatever its specific rituals, one bought into existence the object of that faith. The believer became the Creator.”


“Equals revolt that they may become superior. Such is one state of mind that creates revolutions.” [Aristotele]

“But if the law itself was not large enough? Not enough to take in not just the ecology of trade…”


“When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the cause which impels them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident to the examining eye: That all men are not created equal. That all are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but that none are guaranteed these at the expense of others’ freedom, others’ labor, of others’ pursuit of their own happiness. That government instituted among men to secure these rights derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
[slighty adjusted text of original Declaration; strongly noticeable Lock’s influence]

“You can’t have both equality and the freedom to pursue individual excellence.”

“…there are no permanent beggars in Spain. Or anywhere else. The beggar you give a dollar to today might change the world tomorrow. Or become a father to the man who will. Or grandfather, or great-grandfather. There is no stable ecology of trade, as I thought once, when I was very young. There is no stable anything, much less stagnant anything, given enough time. And no nonproductive anything, either. Beggars are only gene lines temporarily between communities.”

“No man is good enough to govern other man, without that other’s man consent.”
— Abraham Lincoln

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