"The purported tradeoff between civil liberties and national security is a false one. No need for dubious usurpations of freedom like the PATRIOT Act would exist if the United States would avoid unnecessarily creating and inflaming anti-American groups overseas with its overly interventionist foreign policy. A more restrained policy abroad would better preserve both liberty and security at home."
From "True Patriots Should Worry More about Freedom at Home" by Ivan Eland
"Evidence suggests that if we use an increase in our incomes, as many of us do, simply to buy bigger houses and more expensive cars, then we do not end up any happier than before. But if we use an increase in our incomes to buy more of certain inconspicuous goods - such as freedom from a long commute or a stressful job - then the evidence paints a very different picture. Reallocating our time and money in these and similar ways would result in healthier, longer - and happier - lives."
From Daedalus, volume 133, issue 2
Professor of economics, Cornell University