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Blaise Pascal: Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from mistaken conviction…

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from mistaken conviction

Ursula K. Le Guin: He tried to read an elementary economics text; it bored him past endurance, it was like listening to…

He tried to read an elementary economics text; it bored him past endurance, it was like listening to somebody interminably recounting a long and stupid dream. He could not force himself to understand how banks functioned and so forth, because all the operations of capitalism were as meaningless to him as the rites of a Read more…

Peter Bachrach: The best antidote to the shortcomings of participation is still more participation…

The best antidote to the shortcomings of participation is still more participation

Francis Bacon: Disciples do own onto masters only a temporary belief and a suspension of their own judgement until t…

Disciples do own onto masters only a temporary belief and a suspension of their own judgement until they be fully instructed, and not an absolute resignation or perpetual captivity

Toni Cade Bambara: We are at war, and that war is not simply a hot debate between the capitalist camp and the socialist …

We are at war, and that war is not simply a hot debate between the capitalist camp and the socialist camp over which economic/political/social arrangement will have hegemony in the world. It’s not just the battle over turf and who has the right to utilize resources for whomsover’s benfit. The war is also being fought Read more…

Edward Bellamy: People nowadays interchange gifts and favors out of friendship, but buying and selling is considered …

People nowadays interchange gifts and favors out of friendship, but buying and selling is considered absolutely inconsistent with the mutual benevolence which should prevail between citizens and the sense of community of interest which supports our social system. According to our ideas, buying and selling is essentially anti-social in all its tendencies. It is an Read more…

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Mumia Abu Jamal: Contrary to popular belief, conventional wisdom would have one believe that it is insane to resist th…

Contrary to popular belief, conventional wisdom would have one believe that it is insane to resist this, the mightiest of empires…. But what history really shows is that today’s empire is tomorrow’s ashes, that nothing lasts forever, and that to not resist is to acquiesce in your own oppression. The greatest form of sanity that Read more…

Martha Ackelsberg: Hierarchies make some people dependent on others, blame the dependent for their dependency, and then …

Hierarchies make some people dependent on others, blame the dependent for their dependency, and then use that dependency as a justification for further exercise of authority

Charles Francis Adams: The system of corporate life is a new power for which our language contains no name. We have no word…

The system of corporate life is a new power for which our language contains no name. We have no word to express government by moneyed corporations

Hannah Arendt: [W]hile violence can destroy power, it can never become a substitute for it. From this results the by…

[W]hile violence can destroy power, it can never become a substitute for it. From this results the by no means infrequent political combination of force and powerlessness, an array of impotent forces that spend themselves, often spectacularly and vehemently but in utter futility, leaving behind neither monuments nor stories, hardly enough memory to enter into Read more…

: WE CREATE OUR OWN REALITYThe Mr. Magoo-like imperviousness to reality is a distinctive characteristic…

"WE CREATE OUR OWN REALITY" The Mr. Magoo-like imperviousness to reality is a distinctive characteristic of the "faith-based" Bush administration. Journalist Ron Suskind captured this worldview in a New York Times piece Oct. 17, 2004.   An unnamed  "Bush aide" (whom many believe to be Karl Rove) informed Suskind that the reporter was frozen "in Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: Chomsky is not only brilliant, but heroic…

Chomsky is not only brilliant, but heroic

Micahel Ignatiefff: If war becomes unreal to the citizens of modern democracies, will they care enough to restrain and co…

If war becomes unreal to the citizens of modern democracies, will they care enough to restrain and control the violence exercised in their name? Will they do so, if they and their sons and daughters are spared the hazards of combat? – Michael Ignatieff, Virtual War (2000

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