Rose Wilder Lane: To get butter, they must use guns; they have nothing else to use.
pattern is as old as human life. The new rulers use more and more
force, more police, more soldiers, trying to enforce more efficient
control, trying to make the planned economy work by piling regulations
on regulations, decree on decree. The people are hungry and hungrier.
And how does a man on this earth get butter? Doesn't the government give
butter? But government does not produce food from the earth; Government
is guns. It is one common distinction of all civilized peoples, that
they give their guns to the Government. Men in Government monopolize the
necessary use of force; they are not using their energies productively;
they are not milking cows. To get butter, they must use guns; they have
nothing else to use." - Rose Wilder Lane