TOP 20 Jerry Pournelle Quotes

TOP 20 Jerry Pournelle Quotes.
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“Freedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.”
— Jerry Pournelle (00:00)

“That which does not kill me, has made a grave tactical error.”
— Jerry Pournelle (00:07)

“Unrestricted laissez faire capitalism allocates resources in a most efficient way to satisfy human wants without regard to the rationality or morality of those desires.”
— Jerry Pournelle (00:14)

“Everything takes longer and costs more.”
— Jerry Pournelle (00:21)

“Freedom is not free. It is bought at a high price. It can be squandered cheaply.”
— Jerry Pournelle (00:28)

“The definition of a Dark Age is that we no longer remember what we once could do.”
— Jerry Pournelle (00:35)

“The difference between Libertarian and Conservative is that Conservatives understand this, and know that unregulated capitalism will eventually end with human meat sold in market places, and slavery. Alas, many Conservatives think that everything has to be regulated and controlled.”
— Jerry Pournelle (00:42)

“We have for years been building a society in which everybody plunders everybody, and while we are weary of being plundered, we enjoy the plunder.”
— Jerry Pournelle (00:49)

“You no longer have much in the way of knowing what to do in a big, epic novel about the future, because nobody knows what the hell is going to happen.”
— Jerry Pournelle (00:56)

“A Dark Age is not just a period in which people no longer know how to do things. The real key is that people no longer remember that certain things can be done at all.”
— Jerry Pournelle (01:03)

“Bureaucracies are progressive. meaning they have a burning fear that someone. somewhere, is doing something without permission.”
— Jerry Pournelle (01:10)

“Paradoxically, the few eras of peace were times when men of war had high influence. The Pax Romana was enforced by Caesar’s Legions. The Pax Brittanica was enforced by the Royal Navy and His Majesty’s Forces.”
— Jerry Pournelle (01:17)

“Grinding the faces of the poor seems to be the policy of the Greens.”
— Jerry Pournelle (01:24)

“It’s the nature of government, to build enduring institutions, structures that stay long after their purpose is over. If you pay people to help the poor, you have people who won’t be paid if there aren’t any poor, so they’ll be sure to find some.”
— Jerry Pournelle (01:31)

“Mutually Assured Destruction, MAD, works only as long as it works; it does not know what to do if deterrence fails, for it envisions no defensive capabilities. A deterrent works until it is needed; then one needs defenses.”
— Jerry Pournelle (01:38)

“We juggle priceless eggs in variable gravity. I am afraid. I will taste fear until I die.”
— Jerry Pournelle (01:45)

“The importance of information is directly proportional to its improbability.”
— Jerry Pournelle (01:52)

“Of course most people underestimate the warrior characteristics of the Anglo-Saxon and Norman peoples anyway. It takes a heap of piety to keep a Viking from wanting to go sack a city.”
— Jerry Pournelle (01:59)

“I think it takes about a million words to make a writer. I mean that you’re going to throw away.”
— Jerry Pournelle (02:06)

“I’ve noticed that just about every time I find a large program with known glitches that no one seems able to fix, that program is written in C and is likely written by a programming team in a remote location.”
— Jerry Pournelle (02:13)

Music credit: Easy Day – Kevin MacLeod


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