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John Kenneth Galbraith: Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists. …

Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.

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Tony Benn: The nature of the economic system should be a matter for public choice, and free market capitalism sh…

The nature of the economic system should be a matter for public choice, and free market capitalism should not be accepted without any discussion of the rich variety of alternatives … Unlike civil laws, economic laws are imposed on people with all the authority of immutable laws of nature. But the economy is created by Read more…

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Tony Benn: People would do well to ask themselves how many of their ambitions and aspirations derive from the ty…

People would do well to ask themselves how many of their ambitions and aspirations derive from the type of economic system they inhabit and the insecurity and exhaustion it creates, and question the sense and purpose of a society where control of a large portion of life is abdicated under contract in the labour market, Read more…

Saul Alinsky: To the extent that he (the organizer) is free from the shackles of dogma, he can respond to the reali…

To the extent that he (the organizer) is free from the shackles of dogma, he can respond to the realities of the widely different situations our society presents. In the end he has one conviction–a belief that if people have the power to act, in the long run they will, most of the time, reach Read more…

Saul Alinsky: At home we have made a mockery of being our brother’s keeper by being his jail keeper. When American…

At home we have made a mockery of being our brother’s keeper by being his jail keeper. When Americans can no longer see the stars, the times are tragic. We must believe that it is the darkness before the dawn of a beautiful new world; we will see it when we believe it.

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Tony Benn: ?We used to have a War Office, but now we have a Ministry of Defence, nuclear bombs are now described…

?We used to have a War Office, but now we have a Ministry of Defence, nuclear bombs are now described as deterrents, innocent civilians killed in war are now described as collateral damage and military incompetence leading to US bombers killing British soldiers is cosily described as friendly fire. Those who are in favour of Read more…

Rosa Luxemburg: It is only by extirpating the habits of obedience and servility to the last root that the working cla…

It is only by extirpating the habits of obedience and servility to the last root that the working class can acquire the understanding of a new form of discipline, self-discipline arising from free consent.

koga suyeta: No history will faithfully record our struggle, no popular books lament us. But they can not unrememb…

No history will faithfully record our struggle, no popular books lament us. But they can not unremember us. We will linger — a whispered memory to plague them in unsuspecting moments, a murmured, orphaned chord of the song they believed broken. They will gather in small, alarmed groups and talk in low tones of how Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: Who is this middle class that we so often worry about alienating? I’m afraid it is made up of people …

Who is this middle class that we so often worry about alienating? I’m afraid it is made up of people who are often not our natural allies, and who in fact are more invested in maintaining their privilege than other classes of people who potentially have a lot more to offer to social change movements, Read more…

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Michael Albert: Movements seeking fundamental changes have always lacked the military means and also the means of mas…

Movements seeking fundamental changes have always lacked the military means and also the means of mass communication of their opponents, and we are no different. In the U.S. the abolitionists, the suffragettes, the 40 hour work week movements, and many others all lacked significant military power but instead had the power of growing numbers, and Read more…

Paul Lazarsfeld and Robert Merton: These media not only continue to affirm the status quo but, in the same measure, they fail to raise e…

These media not only continue to affirm the status quo but, in the same measure, they fail to raise essential questions about the structure of society. Hence by leading toward conformism and by providing little basis for a critical appraisal of society, the commercially sponsored mass media indirectly but effectively restrain the cogent development of Read more…

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Cynthia Peters: This is one of the disconnects that keeps progressive movements on the margins. My guess is that ther…

This is one of the disconnects that keeps progressive movements on the margins. My guess is that there are millions of people like the low-wage workers and the ex-marines who don’t need to be enlightened about injustice. But very few would have anything to do with current social change movements, and under most circumstances would Read more…

pablo pavelson: The degree in which a social order requires authority and government is directly proportionate to the…

The degree in which a social order requires authority and government is directly proportionate to the degree in which that order is unnaturally out of place.

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Tony Benn: ?All empires have to face growing opposition from the colonies that they own and such opposition is a…

?All empires have to face growing opposition from the colonies that they own and such opposition is always described as terrorism. This is why the British arrested and imprisoned Nehru, Nkrumah, Mugabe, Makarios, Jagan and many others, all of whom ended up having tea with the Queen – for what it is worth – as Read more…

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Michael Albert: Being activist is not rolling rocks up hills, or digging useless ditches, or blowing into the wind, o…

Being activist is not rolling rocks up hills, or digging useless ditches, or blowing into the wind, or opposing gravity. It is part of the single most important, courageous, and productive undertaking in all human history, one with deep roots and a winning future. Do those who think resigning makes sense really want to say Read more…

Buddha unknown: Just like an eyelid protects the eye, a finger protects the hand, the one who protects your interest …

Just like an eyelid protects the eye, a finger protects the hand, the one who protects your interest with such an ease, is your friend.

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Michael Albert: The U.S. intervention in Iraq, which pummeled the defenseless, was grotesque. But we ought not ignore…

The U.S. intervention in Iraq, which pummeled the defenseless, was grotesque. But we ought not ignore that the U.S. had to try to minimize civilian casualties. This wasn’t because this century’s imperial leaders have larger hearts or more exalted souls than last century’s. It was because our social movements made them fear the repercussions of Read more…

: Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The hi…

Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance.

Bertrand Russell: The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. …

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.

Abraham Lincoln: Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not …

Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This, our [1787] Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power Read more…

Ruben Feldman Gonzalez: The only way to end all wars is the inner peace of each one of us….

The only way to end all wars is the inner peace of each one of us.

Ford Henry: Do you want to know the cause of war? It is capitalism, greed, the dirty hunger for dollars. Take awa…

Do you want to know the cause of war? It is capitalism, greed, the dirty hunger for dollars. Take away the capitalist and you will sweep war from the earth.

Victor Hugo: The rich man’s heaven is made of the poor man’s hell…

The rich man’s heaven is made of the poor man’s hell

Ralph Ellison: I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of y…

I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids?and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people Read more…

Martina Navratilova: A TV newsman follows Martina Navratilova off the court after a match, asking questions…Reporter: Ar…

A TV newsman follows Martina Navratilova off the court after a match, asking questions… Reporter: Are you still a lesbian? Martina: Are you still the alternative?

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Noam Chomsky: It is not unrealistic to regard freedom as analogous to a commodity under capitalist democracy. In p…

It is not unrealistic to regard freedom as analogous to a commodity under capitalist democracy. In principle, it is not in short supply, but one has as much as he can purchase. It is no wonder that the privileged often are numbered among the defenders of civil liberties, of which they are the primary beneficiaries. Read more…

Bertrand Russell: Religion, since it has its source in terror, has dignified certain kinds of fear and made people thin…

Religion, since it has its source in terror, has dignified certain kinds of fear and made people think them not disgraceful. In this it has done mankind a great disservice: ALL fear is bad. I believe that when I die I shall rot, and nothing of my ego will survive. I am not young, and Read more…

: A people without hate cannot triumph over a brutal enemy….

A people without hate cannot triumph over a brutal enemy.

Huey Long: When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the American flag….

When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the American flag.

George Washington: liberty when it begins to take root is a plant of rapid growth…

liberty when it begins to take root is a plant of rapid growth

Solon unknown: The law is like a spider’s web: the small are caught and the great tear it up….

The law is like a spider’s web: the small are caught and the great tear it up.

George Orwell: In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act…

In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act

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John Pilger: Little of this background is known or understood widely in Britain, even though the region is constan…

Little of this background is known or understood widely in Britain, even though the region is constantly in the news. Last May, the Glasgow University Media Group, famous for its pioneering media analysis, published a study that found TV viewers in particular were rarely told that Palestinians were the victims of an illegal and brutal Read more…

: Jewish places were built in the place of Arab villages. There is not one single place in the country …

Jewish places were built in the place of Arab villages. There is not one single place in the country that did not have a former Arab population.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu: The way the Palestinians are treated is the way we were treated in apartheid South Africa….

The way the Palestinians are treated is the way we were treated in apartheid South Africa.

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John Pilger: All right, when an Israeli sniper shoots an old lady with a cane, trying to get into a hospital for h…

All right, when an Israeli sniper shoots an old lady with a cane, trying to get into a hospital for her chemotherapy treatment, in front of a lot of the world’s press for one, and frankly we’d be here all day with other examples, isn’t that terrorism?

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Noam Chomsky: The fact that policy makers may be caught up in the fantasies they spin to disguise imperial interven…

The fact that policy makers may be caught up in the fantasies they spin to disguise imperial intervention, and may sometimes even find themselves trapped by them, should not prevent us from asking what function these ideological constructions fulfill….Similarly, on should not be misled by the fact that the delusional system presents a faint reflection Read more…

Bertrand Russell: It is in the nature of imperialism that citizens of the imperial power are always among the last to k…

It is in the nature of imperialism that citizens of the imperial power are always among the last to know–or care–about circumstances in the colonies.

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Noam Chomsky: In minor ways, world opinion can serve as some kind of brake on full-scale utilization of the technol…

In minor ways, world opinion can serve as some kind of brake on full-scale utilization of the technology of terror and destruction. There has, as yet, been no use of nuclear weapons in Vietnam; and although rural populations are considered fair game for any sort of military attack, urban areas, where the butchery would be Read more…

C. Vann Woodward: The history of intellectual growth and discovery clearly demonstrates the need for unfettered freedom…

The history of intellectual growth and discovery clearly demonstrates the need for unfettered freedom, the right to think the unthinkable, discuss the unmentionable, and challenge the unchallengeable. To curtail free expression strikes twice at intellectual freedom, for whoever deprives another of the right to state unpopular views necessarily deprives others of the right to listen Read more…

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John Pilger: You see, without real dissent – that is, dissent that makes us sceptical of what governments say, dis…

You see, without real dissent – that is, dissent that makes us sceptical of what governments say, dissent that exposes cultural conformity – we lose freedom: not all at once, but bit by bit, so that we barely notice it slipping away.

Clint Eastwood: You see in this world there’s two kinds of people my friend: those with loaded guns, and those who di…

You see in this world there’s two kinds of people my friend: those with loaded guns, and those who dig.

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Noam Chomsky: It is easy to be carried away by the sheer horror of what the daily press reveals and to lose sight o…

It is easy to be carried away by the sheer horror of what the daily press reveals and to lose sight of the fact that this is merely the brutal exterior of a deeper crime, of commitment to a social order that guarantees endless suffering and humiliation and denial of elementary human rights. It is Read more…

: Talking with you is sort of the conversational equivalent of an out of body experience. …

Talking with you is sort of the conversational equivalent of an out of body experience.

Andy Warhol: They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. …

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

Mary Pettibone Poole: To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains. …

To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains.

Edgar Allan Poe: Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. …

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

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Tim Wise: If the U.S. is obligated to liberate the oppressed by force, there is surely no reason to stop with I…

If the U.S. is obligated to liberate the oppressed by force, there is surely no reason to stop with Iraq. Assuming that oppressed peoples are equal wherever they may be, then we should surely seek to overthrow the governments of Saudi Arabia (whose human rights record is every bit as bad as Saddam’s), Turkey (whose Read more…

Jeannette Rankin: You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake. …

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.

George Bernard shaw: The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunk…

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one.

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