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Manning Marable: Mass unemployment feeds mass incarceration. About one-third of all prisoners were unemployed at the t…

Mass unemployment feeds mass incarceration. About one-third of all prisoners were unemployed at the time of their arrests, and others averaged less than $20,000 annual incomes in the year prior to their incarceration. When the Attica prison insurrection occurred in upstate New York in 1971, there were only 12,500 prisoners in New York Stateìs correctional Read more…

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Manning Marable: The terrible dynamic unleashed against prisoners of social control has expanded into the normal appar…

The terrible dynamic unleashed against prisoners of social control has expanded into the normal apparatuses and uses of policing itself. There are now, for example, approximately 600,000 police officers and 1.5 million private security guards in the United States. Increasingly, however, black and poor communities are being ìpolicedì by special paramilitary units, often called SWAT Read more…

Mark Twain: No God and no religion can survive ridicule. No political church, no nobility, no royalty or other fr…

No God and no religion can survive ridicule. No political church, no nobility, no royalty or other fraud, can face ridicule in a fair field, and live.

George F. Will: In the war against the militias, every door American troops crash through, every civilian bystander s…

In the war against the militias, every door American troops crash through, every civilian bystander shot – there will be many – will make matters worse, for a while. Nevertheless, the first task of the occupation remains the first task of government: to establish a monopoly on violence….Regime change, occupation, nation-building – in a word, Read more…

Benjamin Franklin: A nod from a lord is breakfast for a fool….

A nod from a lord is breakfast for a fool.

Ernest Hemingway: In modern war there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good …

In modern war there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.

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Hugo Chavez: The essence of democracy should be participation…that is what we believe, not representation. Repre…

The essence of democracy should be participation…that is what we believe, not representation. Representative democracy is an elite trap designed to ensnare the hopes of the people, at least that it is how it worked in Venezuela for a long time. We have broken with this paradigm and our democracy is representative, but it goes Read more…

charles bukowski: The difference between a Democracy and a Dictatorship is that in a Democracy you vote first and take …

The difference between a Democracy and a Dictatorship is that in a Democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a Dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.

Charles Caleb Colton: Power, like the diamonds, dazzles the beholder, and also the wearer; it dignifies meanness; it magnif…

Power, like the diamonds, dazzles the beholder, and also the wearer; it dignifies meanness; it magnifies littleness; to what is contemptible, it gives authority; to what is low, exaltation.

Pearl Buck: We send missionaries to China so the Chinese can get to heaven, but we won’t let them into our countr…

We send missionaries to China so the Chinese can get to heaven, but we won’t let them into our country.

Josh Billings: The trouble with most folks isn’t so much their ignorance, as knowing so many things that ain’t so….

The trouble with most folks isn’t so much their ignorance, as knowing so many things that ain’t so.

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Noam Chomsky: One rarely comes across someone who says I’m a Nazi and proud of it. But if so, that reveals that the…

One rarely comes across someone who says I’m a Nazi and proud of it. But if so, that reveals that there is something of a common moral ground, and a basis for constructive interchange – which may, and sometimes does, sharpen moral intuitions as well. We all know that very well in fact. It’s not Read more…

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Mark Harris: Think about this: In 1970 labor activists helped secure passage of the Occupational Safety and Health…

Think about this: In 1970 labor activists helped secure passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, viewed by many as the most important pro-worker legislation of the last 50 years, as Steven Greenhouse noted in a 2002 New York Times profile of veteran labor leader Tony Mazzochi. Notably, the OSHA legislation was passed under Read more…

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Mark Harris: Historically, when has progressive social change ever depended more or even mostly on whether a Democ…

Historically, when has progressive social change ever depended more or even mostly on whether a Democrat or Republican is in office, rather than on what happens outside the corridors of power, in the workplaces, campuses, and neighborhoods, among the officially voiceless and disenfranchised or excluded? This is the story of the Civil Rights movement, when Read more…

Roscoe Conkling: When Dr. Johnson defined patriotism as the last refuge of a scoundrel, he ignored the enormous possib…

When Dr. Johnson defined patriotism as the last refuge of a scoundrel, he ignored the enormous possibilities of the word reform.

Confucius: In a country well governed poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed wealth…

In a country well governed poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed wealth is something to be ashamed of.

John Grisham: It’s a game. We [tax lawyers] teach the rich how to play it so they can stay rich – and the IRS keeps…

It’s a game. We [tax lawyers] teach the rich how to play it so they can stay rich – and the IRS keeps changing the rules so we can keep getting rich teaching them.

Benjamin Franklin: Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright….

Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.

Benjamin Franklin: Here comes the orator, with his flood of words and his drop of reason….

Here comes the orator, with his flood of words and his drop of reason.

Benjamin Franklin: He is not well bred that cannot bear ill-breeding in others….

He is not well bred that cannot bear ill-breeding in others.

Charles Darwin: For my part I would as soon be descended from a baboon…as from a savage who delights to torture his…

For my part I would as soon be descended from a baboon…as from a savage who delights to torture his enemies…treats his wives like slaves…and is haunted by the grossest superstitions.

Herbert Muller: The chief proof of God’s love then turns out to be the hope he offers that some of his children may e…

The chief proof of God’s love then turns out to be the hope he offers that some of his children may escape the evils of his handiwork.

Thomas Jefferson: I have never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in …

I have never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go Read more…

Nathaniel Howe: The way of the world is to praise dead saints, and persecute living ones….

The way of the world is to praise dead saints, and persecute living ones.

Gilbert Murry: The life and liberty and property and happiness of the common man throughout the world are at the abs…

The life and liberty and property and happiness of the common man throughout the world are at the absolute mercy of a few persons whom he has never seen, and involved in complicated quarrels that he has never heard of.

Wendell Phillips: Revolution is the only thing, the only power, that ever worked out freedom for any people. The powers…

Revolution is the only thing, the only power, that ever worked out freedom for any people. The powers that have ruled long, and learned to love ruling, will never give up that prerogative till they find they must, till they see the certainty of overthrow and destruction if they do not!

Arthur Schnitzler: Martyrdom has always been proof of the intensity, never the correctness of a belief….

Martyrdom has always been proof of the intensity, never the correctness of a belief.

Charles Reade: Not a day passes over the earth, but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words and s…

Not a day passes over the earth, but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words and suffer noble sorrows.

George Bernard shaw: Heaven, as conventionally conceived, is a place so inane, so dull, so useless, so miserable, that nob…

Heaven, as conventionally conceived, is a place so inane, so dull, so useless, so miserable, that nobody has ever ventured to describe a whole day in heaven, though plenty of people have described a day at the seaside.

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Tim Wise: So because of the actions of a small, unrepresentative sample of the African American community (the …

So because of the actions of a small, unrepresentative sample of the African American community (the three percent or so who commit a violent crime annually, for example), whites feel justified in thinking negative things about blacks as a group. And then, in what can only be viewed as the epitome of silliness, these same Read more…

Henry Adams: The press is the hired agent of a moneyed system, set up for no other reason than to tell lies where …

The press is the hired agent of a moneyed system, set up for no other reason than to tell lies where the interests are concerned.

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Noam Chomsky: A curious, and perhaps unique feature of Western propaganda systems is that those who serve them not …

A curious, and perhaps unique feature of Western propaganda systems is that those who serve them not only are not subjected to criticism but are in fact lauded for their amazing courage in marching to the beat of the patriotic drums. [I]t requires heroism to denounce atrocities attributed to an official enemy, to the overwhelming Read more…

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Michael Albert: Viewed with one disposition, history has so far been a horribleaccumulation of oppression and sufferi…

Viewed with one disposition, history has so far been a horrible accumulation of oppression and suffering. Viewed with another disposition, however, history has chronicled humans discovering their own finer potentials and together mounting heroic offensives to attain them – against monarchy, feudalism, slavery, Jim Crow racism, apartheid, sexual subjugation, second class citizenship, sexism, heterosexism, dictatorship, Read more…

Paul Farmer: It’s popular to say things like The Haitians have to solve their own problems, but it’s silly. The Ha…

It’s popular to say things like The Haitians have to solve their own problems, but it’s silly. The Haitians did not create slavery, chronic interference with their internal affairs, gunboat diplomacy, foreign occupations and a long history of trade and aid embargoes. The Haitians did not create unfair economic policies. These were created outside of Read more…

G. H. Hardy: It is easy to be impressed by what one does not understand very well….

It is easy to be impressed by what one does not understand very well.

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Noam Chomsky: A number of commentators have observed that U.S. military spending on high-technology armaments may n…

A number of commentators have observed that U.S. military spending on high-technology armaments may not increase military capacity – it may even reduce it. This would be properly regarded as paradoxical, if the primary goal of military expenditures were to enhance the nation’s military capacities, but not if the goal is military Keynesianism – basically, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The prospects for libertarian socialism in the United States, at the moment, are perhaps no greater t…

The prospects for libertarian socialism in the United States, at the moment, are perhaps no greater than the apparent prospects for capitalist democracy in the eighteenth century. But that is plainly no reason to abandon hope.

Alfred North Whitehead: It is a safe rule to apply that, when a mathematical or philosophical author writes with a misty prof…

It is a safe rule to apply that, when a mathematical or philosophical author writes with a misty profundity, he is talking nonsense.

Eugene V. Debs: The economic owning class is always the political ruling class….

The economic owning class is always the political ruling class.

Douglas MacArthur: I know war as few men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated …

I know war as few men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes.

Frederick Douglass: For a white man to defend his friend unto blood is praiseworthy but for a black man to do precisely t…

For a white man to defend his friend unto blood is praiseworthy but for a black man to do precisely the same thing is a crime. It was glorious for Americans to drench the soil and crimson the sea with blood to escape payment of three penny tax upon tea; but it is a crime Read more…

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne: Man is certainly stark mad: he cannot make a worm, and yet he makes gods by the dozen….

Man is certainly stark mad: he cannot make a worm, and yet he makes gods by the dozen.

Bertrand Russell: Those who have seized power, even for the noblest of motives, soon persuade themselves that there are…

Those who have seized power, even for the noblest of motives, soon persuade themselves that there are good reasons for not relinquishing it. This is particularly likely to happen if they believe themselves to represent some immensely important cause. They will feel that their opponents are ignorant and perverse; before long they will come to Read more…

Susan B. Anthony: I cannot imagine a God of the universe made happy by my getting down on my knees and calling Him grea…

I cannot imagine a God of the universe made happy by my getting down on my knees and calling Him great.

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David Edwards: It seems clear that governments are restrained in their use of force to the extent that the public an…

It seems clear that governments are restrained in their use of force to the extent that the public and media oppose the killing of innocents. And there surely has been progress in this regard. If the current crisis in Iraq had happened forty years ago, for example, we believe Falluja would now lie completely in Read more…

Ethan Allen: In those parts of the world where learning and science has prevailed, miracles have ceased; but in th…

In those parts of the world where learning and science has prevailed, miracles have ceased; but in those parts of it as are barbarous and ignorant, miracles are still in vogue.

Winston Churchill: I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas.We have definitely adopted the position a…

I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. We have definitely adopted the position at the Peace Conference of arguing in favour of the retention of gas as a permanent method of warfare. It is sheer affectation to lacerate a man with the poisonous fragment of a bursting shell and to boggle Read more…

Lloyd George: We insisted on reserving the right to bomb niggers….

We insisted on reserving the right to bomb niggers.

: If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine….

If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.

: Hasta la victoria, siempre!…

Hasta la victoria, siempre!

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