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Clifford D. Conner: The untrustworthiness of research findings generated by scientists on pharmaceutical industry payroll…

The untrustworthiness of research findings generated by scientists on pharmaceutical industry payrolls is of crucial concern to all who ingest the medicines they produce. About a quarter of scientists working in medical research have some sort of financial relationship with industry, one critic reports. And, not surprisingly, there is a strong association between commercial sponsorship Read more…

Clifford D. Conner: Just because a scientist’s name is listed as an author of an article in a science journal, it cannot …

Just because a scientist’s name is listed as an author of an article in a science journal, it cannot be assumed that he or she had anything to do with actually writing it, because there is now a ghostwriting industry in science and medicine. In May 2002, for example, the New York Times reported, in Read more…

Clifford D. Conner: Although credit for inventing the telescope is often ascribed to Galileo, Galileo himself knew that w…

Although credit for inventing the telescope is often ascribed to Galileo, Galileo himself knew that was untrue. Indeed, we know, he wrote, the Hollander who was first to invent the telescope was a simple maker of ordinary spectacles who in casually handling pieces of glass of various sorts happened to look through two at once, Read more…

Clifford D. Conner: ….the crediting of great discoveries to individuals, no matter what their social status, almost alw…

….the crediting of great discoveries to individuals, no matter what their social status, almost always represents an injustice to many predecessors and collaborators of those so named.

Clifford D. Conner: Although the Internet originated in the military-industrial complex, many of the crucial innovations …

Although the Internet originated in the military-industrial complex, many of the crucial innovations that allowed it to grow into a global communications, information, commerce, and entertainment network were contributed by students and others outside the established institutions of computing. The World Wide Web, for example, was invented at an unforeseen and totally unexpected place: the Read more…

Clifford D. Conner: The union of capital and computer science was consummated most visibly in the rapid commercialization…

The union of capital and computer science was consummated most visibly in the rapid commercialization of the World Wide Web, culminating in the meteoric rise and fall of the dotcoms early in the twenty-first century. It was a virtual parody of the boom-and-bust cycle of classic capitalism. Dreams of computer liberation gave way to a Read more…

Kayla Atkinson: You never know the true power of love and all it hold until you have almost lost the thing you love m…

You never know the true power of love and all it hold until you have almost lost the thing you love more that urself!!

John Alejandro King: I’m a Federal official. It’s against the law to lie to a Federal official. So I’m sitting at home wat…

I’m a Federal official. It’s against the law to lie to a Federal official. So I’m sitting at home watching the President speak on television and, well, you can imagine my sense of paradox.

dennis lxyzen: Is it our duty to die for governments and for gods? Is it our privilege to slave for market and for …

Is it our duty to die for governments and for gods? Is it our privilege to slave for market and for industry? Is it our right to follow laws set to scare and to oppress? Is it our gift to stay in line and will it take away the blame? … We can no longer Read more…

John Alejandro King: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said 80% of Republicans are just Democrats who don’t know what’s going on. To c…

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said 80% of Republicans are just Democrats who don’t know what’s going on. To complete the thought he should have added: ‘and vice versa.’

John Alejandro King: Overthrowing Third World governments is like popping bubble wrap: it doesnìt really change anythin…

Overthrowing Third World governments is like popping bubble wrap: it doesnìt really change anything, but it can help calm the nerves.

Conor Oberst: I got a letter from the army, so i think that I’ll enlist. I’m not brave or proud of nothing, i just…

I got a letter from the army, so i think that I’ll enlist. I’m not brave or proud of nothing, i just want to kill something. Too bad that nowadays you just point and click swing low satellite, hot white chariot. In the computer’s blue glare, bombs burst in the air, there was a city Read more…

dennis lxyzen: I’ve got a bone to pick with capitalism, and a few to break……

I’ve got a bone to pick with capitalism, and a few to break…

Ani Difranco: … Because big government should not stand between a man and his money. I mean, what’s good for bu…

… Because big government should not stand between a man and his money. I mean, what’s good for business is good for the country. Our children still take that lie like communion, the same old line the confederacy used on the union. Conjugate liberty into libertarian and medicated associated with deregulation privatization we won’t even Read more…

David Bazan: Ultraviolet rays are washing over all the boys and girls, as there mom’s lay tanning by the pool. Oh…

Ultraviolet rays are washing over all the boys and girls, as there mom’s lay tanning by the pool. Oh look, there dad is arriving home, and all the children hug his neck…unaware of their inheritence. And all the experts say, ‘You ought to start them young, that way they will naturally love the taste of Read more…

Brad Lishman: Masters of complexity create the simplest solutions…

Masters of complexity create the simplest solutions

John Alejandro King: Even if meat is murder, I don’t think we should call hamburgers ‘murderburgers,’ because something te…

Even if meat is murder, I don’t think we should call hamburgers ‘murderburgers,’ because something tells me this would only make people want to eat more of them.

John Maynard Keynes: The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and the ar…

The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and the arena of the heart and the head will be occupied or reoccupied, by our real problems – the problems of life and of human relations, of creation and behavior and religion.

Essy Baniassad: You have to have a Northern Star to guide you, it doesn’t mean you will reach it….

You have to have a Northern Star to guide you, it doesn’t mean you will reach it.

joshua robson: i am not of my skin, but of my mind. i know not where the wind blows, but only how it feels….

i am not of my skin, but of my mind. i know not where the wind blows, but only how it feels.

Martin King: If the mind can conceive it, and the hear can belive it, then the body can achieve it….

If the mind can conceive it, and the hear can belive it, then the body can achieve it.

George Orwell: winston smith…

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Peter Kropotkin: Such was law; and it has maintained its two-fold character to this day. Its origin is the desire of t…

Such was law; and it has maintained its two-fold character to this day. Its origin is the desire of the ruling class to give permanence to customs imposed by themselves for their own advantage. Its character is the skillful commingling of customs useful to society, customs which have no need of law to insure respect, Read more…

Mikhail Bakunin: The future social organization should be carried out from the bottom up, by the free association or f…

The future social organization should be carried out from the bottom up, by the free association or federation of workers, starting with the associations, then going on to the communes, the regions, the nations, and, finally, culminating in a great international and universal federation. It is only then that the true, life-giving social order of Read more…

Peter Kropotkin: The year 1 of liberty has never lasted more than a day, for after proclaiming it men put themselves t…

The year 1 of liberty has never lasted more than a day, for after proclaiming it men put themselves the very next morning under the yoke of law and authority. Indeed, for some thousands of years, those who govern us have done nothing but ring the changes upon Respect for law, obedience to authority. This Read more…

Emma Goldman: Today is the parent of tomorrow. The present casts its shadow far into the future. That is the law of…

Today is the parent of tomorrow. The present casts its shadow far into the future. That is the law of life, individual and social. Revolution that divests itself of ethical values thereby lays the foundation of injustice, deceit, and oppression for the future society. The means used to prepare the future become its cornerstone.

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Arundhati Roy: The trouble is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, say…

The trouble is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There’s no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.

Emma Goldman: There is no greater fallacy than the belief that aims and purposes are one thing, while methods and t…

There is no greater fallacy than the belief that aims and purposes are one thing, while methods and tactics are another. This conception is a potent menace to social regeneration. All human experience teaches that methods and means cannot be separated from the ultimate aim. The means employed become, through individual habit and social practice, Read more…

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Paul Krugman: If President Bush said that the Earth was flat, news headlines would read, Opinions differ on Shape o…

If President Bush said that the Earth was flat, news headlines would read, Opinions differ on Shape of the Earth.

Paul Avrich: Anarchism, for all its international pretensions, for all its faith in the unity of mankind, has alwa…

Anarchism, for all its international pretensions, for all its faith in the unity of mankind, has always been divided into national and ethnic groups. There have been French anarchists and Spanish anarchists, Russian anarchists and Polish anarchists, Japanese anarchists and Chinese anarchists, united by language and tradition in addition to their political beliefs. Nor should Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they areselling – their ideas, their …

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. Another world is not only possible, she is on Read more…

: Iraq has become a point of attraction and restorer of our energies….

Iraq has become a point of attraction and restorer of our energies.

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon: If I were asked to answer the following question: What is slavery? and I should answer in one word, …

If I were asked to answer the following question: What is slavery? and I should answer in one word, it is murder, my meaning would be understood at once. No extended argument would be required to show that the power to take from a man his thought, his will, his personality, is a power of Read more…

Anatole France: The law in its majestic egalitarianism, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, …

The law in its majestic egalitarianism, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

Thomas Jefferson: …widespread poverty and concentrated wealth cannot exist side by side in a democracy….

…widespread poverty and concentrated wealth cannot exist side by side in a democracy.

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon: Freedom is the mother, not the daughter of order….

Freedom is the mother, not the daughter of order.

Jeff Schmidt: However, contrary to common belief, the number of oppositional professionals has remained relatively …

However, contrary to common belief, the number of oppositional professionals has remained relatively small. Consider, for example, college professors, who are among the most left-leaning of all profesionals. Today, only about 5% of the 550,000 full-time college faculty members in the United States consider themselves to be to the left of the conservative-to-liberal mainstream. This Read more…

Jerry Falwell: God is pro-war….

God is pro-war.

Ellen Smith: When I was in poverty day in and day out, I often heard people say things like, Just pull yourself up…

When I was in poverty day in and day out, I often heard people say things like, Just pull yourself up by your bootstraps! It’s such a ridiculous image – if you actually lean down and pull on your bootstraps, nothing happens.

Matthew Thomas: I wrote your name on little candy hearts and cried as I ate them one by one alone in the dark….

I wrote your name on little candy hearts and cried as I ate them one by one alone in the dark.

Fyodor Dostoevsky: Facts. They pass before us. No one notices them[...] I cannot tear myself away, and all the cries of …

Facts. They pass before us. No one notices them[...] I cannot tear myself away, and all the cries of the critics to the effect that I do not depict real life have not disenchanted me. There are no bases to our society[...] One colossal quake and the whole lot will come to an end, collapse Read more…

John Dean: The distinction between a constitutional dictatorship and a strong president is thin, if not nonexist…

The distinction between a constitutional dictatorship and a strong president is thin, if not nonexistent.

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Howard Zinn: Perhaps the worst consequence of WWII is that it kept alive the idea that war could be just….

Perhaps the worst consequence of WWII is that it kept alive the idea that war could be just.

George Orwell: It was not easy….It needed…a sort of athleticism of the mind, an ability at one moment to make th…

It was not easy….It needed…a sort of athleticism of the mind, an ability at one moment to make the most delicate use of logic and the next to be unconscious of the crudest logical errors. Stupidity was as necessary as intelligence, and as difficult to attain.

: Should we feel just as good about killing Kelly as we’re supposed to feel about killing Williams? Wil…

Should we feel just as good about killing Kelly as we’re supposed to feel about killing Williams? Will the premeditated and clinical execution of a feeble-minded man make us more civilized, more humane or any safer? Is life in a cage not enough to satisfy our puritanical beliefs or lust for blood? Apparently not. Modern Read more…

Erich Fromm: It is naively assumed that the fact that the majority of people share certain ideas or feelings prove…

It is naively assumed that the fact that the majority of people share certain ideas or feelings proves the validity of these ideas and feelings. Nothing is further from the truth… Just as there is a ‘folie a deux’ there is a ‘folie a millions.’ The fact that millions of people share the same vices Read more…

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: [It is contrary to the law of nature that] a handful of men be glutted with superfluities while the s…

[It is contrary to the law of nature that] a handful of men be glutted with superfluities while the starving multitude lacks necessities.

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Noam Chomsky: The concern over global warming has now reached a stage that even the Pentagon is producing studies a…

The concern over global warming has now reached a stage that even the Pentagon is producing studies about the severe threat of global warming within the next twenty or thirty years. One serious prediction is that there could be a fairly sudden shift in the Gulf Stream, which would turn northern Europe into Labrador and Read more…

George Orwell: It was the first time I had ever been in a town where the working class was in the saddle. Practicall…

It was the first time I had ever been in a town where the working class was in the saddle. Practically every building of any size had been seized by the workers and was draped with red flats or with the red and black flag of the Anarchists; every wall was scrawled with the hammer Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: No rational person will approve of violence and terror, in particular the terror of the postrevolutio…

No rational person will approve of violence and terror, in particular the terror of the postrevolutionary states that have fallen into the hands of a grim autocracy, and have more than once reached indescribable levels of savagery. At the same time, no person of understanding or humanity will too quickly condemn the violence that often Read more…

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