Hello

flags

Welcome to ZCommunications. The site has ZNet and ZMag content, topic and place pages under the Focuses link in the top menu - reading lists and whole books, debates, interviews, multimedia, Blogs, comments, a Store, a Sustainer program and more.

Relating to Z

To participate more deeply and generally in ZCommunications, please become a Sustainer. Sustainers who log in will see "+ New" in the black band at the top. Use that to add a blog post. Sustainers can comment on all content! Sustainers, please also upload a photo, using options in the left menu for "Your Account." There you can also change your settings, etc.

You can Help Z in many ways, one time donations, becoming a Sustainer, using our Store, etc. Just click Help Z.

If you have ideas or problems please send them to sysop@zmag.org

 

Recent Quotes

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.

Mark Twain: The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them. …

The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.

Jules Renard: I don’t know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn’t. …

I don’t know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn’t.

Albert Einstein: The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot…

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose Read more…

Albert Einstein: The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necess…

The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.

Tryon Edwards: If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others. …

If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others.

Albert Einstein: If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. …

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.

Norman Douglas: Education is a state-controlled manufactory of echoes. …

Education is a state-controlled manufactory of echoes.

Bob Dylan: When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it – don’t back down and don’t giv…

When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it – don’t back down and don’t give up – then you’re going to mystify a lot of folks.

Bob Dylan: What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between…

What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.

Bob Dylan: He not busy being born is busy dying. …

He not busy being born is busy dying.

Silo Unknown: If you are not indifferent to the pain and suffering of others, you must bring your thoughts, feeling…

If you are not indifferent to the pain and suffering of others, you must bring your thoughts, feelings and actions into agreement in order to help them.

Yassir Arafat: asked why Palestinian terrorists plant bombs in Israeli marketplaces. Because we don’t have Phantom j…

asked why Palestinian terrorists plant bombs in Israeli marketplaces. Because we don’t have Phantom jets, like Israel used to bomb our refugees in Lebanon,

Lao Tzu: A great nation is like a great man: When he makes a mistake, he realizes it. Having realized it, he a…

A great nation is like a great man: When he makes a mistake, he realizes it. Having realized it, he admits it. Having admitted it, he corrects it. He considers those who point out his faults as his most benevolent teachers. He thinks of his enemy as the shadow that he himself casts. If a Read more…

Dara Silverman: I carry around a quote with me about organizing. I don’t know where it came from, but it says: Ultima…

I carry around a quote with me about organizing. I don’t know where it came from, but it says: Ultimately, organizing is about the development of people. If you see that support it. Organizing elevates people…I believe in myself and I can make a difference. This is the type of confidence organizers strive to build Read more…

Dara Silverman: Learning to follow the leadership of people who are most oppressed and learning how to struggle and b…

Learning to follow the leadership of people who are most oppressed and learning how to struggle and build movements that are multi-racial and cut across class is an on-going and everyday experiment of making mistakes, building trust and struggling forward. So much of the work is not about a specific event or action; it’s about Read more…

avatar
Mumia Abu Jamal: Governments often offer up pretexts to cover the real reasons for war. Those who fight the wars, or e…

Governments often offer up pretexts to cover the real reasons for war. Those who fight the wars, or even those who support the wars for patriotic reasons, rarely know the real reasons.

Abu Adi: It isn’t written. It isn’t something you learn. It’s something that the people know….

It isn’t written. It isn’t something you learn. It’s something that the people know.

Mickey Z: The primary difference between Democrats and Republicans is that they tell different lies to get elec…

The primary difference between Democrats and Republicans is that they tell different lies to get elected.

Richard Lewontin: We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of i…

We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to Read more…

Jeff Schmidt: The qualifying attitude, I find, is an uncritical, subordinate one, which allows professionals to tak…

The qualifying attitude, I find, is an uncritical, subordinate one, which allows professionals to take their ideological lead from their employers and appropriately fine-tune the outlook that they bring to their work. The resulting professional is an obedient thinker, an intellectual property whom employers can trust to experiment, theorize, innovate and create safely within the Read more…

avatar
Noam Chomsky: The costs of empire to the imperial society as a whole may be considerable. These costs, however, ar…

The costs of empire to the imperial society as a whole may be considerable. These costs, however, are social costs, whereas, say, the profits from overseas investment guaranteed by military success are again highly concentrated in certain special segments of the society. The costs of empire are in general distributed over the society as a Read more…

Mark Twain: Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul….

Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.

avatar
Noam Chomsky: In an advanced industrial society, scientists, engineers, professionals of various sorts, obviously h…

In an advanced industrial society, scientists, engineers, professionals of various sorts, obviously have a critical social role. These strata of society must surely be involved in any meaningful process of social change, though if they were to attain the position of a dominant ?vanguard? or a new elite or ruling class, the promise of revolution Read more…

avatar
Noam Chomsky: Advanced technology makes a dual contribution. On the one hand, it provides the antipersonnel weapon…

Advanced technology makes a dual contribution. On the one hand, it provides the antipersonnel weapons, electronic battlefield, automated fire-control systems, and the like, all designed for wars against the weak. It also provides an intellectual framework to protect the decision maker from any realization of what he is in fact doing and to deflect the Read more…

avatar
David Edwards: As the US prepared to attack Baghdad, Pentagon spokesmen reported that the six divisions of the 80,00…

As the US prepared to attack Baghdad, Pentagon spokesmen reported that the six divisions of the 80,000-strong Iraqi Republican Guard outside the city had been degraded or rendered ineffective by aerial and ground bombardment. Dan Goure, an analyst for the Lexington Institute, told the Associated Press on April 8: It may never be known how Read more…

avatar
Noam Chomsky: The ferment of the 1960s provided opportunities for critical analysis of the institutions of industri…

The ferment of the 1960s provided opportunities for critical analysis of the institutions of industrial society and the imperial consensus, and some limited possibilities for popular participation in social planning. The dogmatic refusal to analyze American foreign policy by the standards applied to all other powers no longer stifles discussion. With the weakening of ideological Read more…

avatar
Michael Albert: A movement is growing that can persist to fight again and again, amassing strength as it goes. By the…

A movement is growing that can persist to fight again and again, amassing strength as it goes. By the standard of winning big changes every day, this movement will lose, lose, lose, for awhile. But by the standard of daily growing bigger, broader, more committed, and more competent, it will win, win, win. And as Read more…

Justice Robert Jackson: [F]reedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much. That would be a mere shadow of…

[F]reedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order. If there is any fixed star in our constellation, it is that no Read more…

Thomas Jefferson: Every generation needs a new revolution….

Every generation needs a new revolution.

James Madison: The fetters imposed on liberty at home have ever been forged out of the weapons provided for defense …

The fetters imposed on liberty at home have ever been forged out of the weapons provided for defense against real, pretended, or imaginary dangers from abroad.

Shibley Telhami: Certainly, authoritarian governments have been able to ignore their citizens in the formation of poli…

Certainly, authoritarian governments have been able to ignore their citizens in the formation of policy, which explains why many Arab governments supported the war on Iraq, even as many European democracies opposed it. But even for a government like Jordan’s, which knows that political reform is in its long-term interest, this comes at a cost: Read more…

Sami Abdul-Rahman: Conquerors always call themselves liberators….

Conquerors always call themselves liberators.

H.L. Mencken: In those fields of art, at all events, which concern themselves with ideas as well as sensations it i…

In those fields of art, at all events, which concern themselves with ideas as well as sensations it is almost impossible to find any trace of an artist who was not actively hostile to his environment, and thus an indifferent patriot. From Dante to Tolstoy and from Shakespeare to Mark Twain the story is ever Read more…

Bophavy Euling: Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal to mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapo…

Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal to mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapons of distruction divised by the ingeuity of man. Stenght does not come from physical capacity, but from an indomitable will.

avatar
Arundhati Roy: It’s odd how those who dismiss the peace movement as utopian, don’t hesitate to proffer the most absu…

It’s odd how those who dismiss the peace movement as utopian, don’t hesitate to proffer the most absurdly dreamy reasons for going to war: to stamp out terrorism, install democracy, eliminate fascism, and most entertainingly, to rid the world of evil-doers.

Leo Tolstoy: I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I a…

I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by any possible means – except getting off his back.

avatar
Noam Chomsky: In the US…it was necessary to find some justification for eliminating the indigenous population and…

In the US…it was necessary to find some justification for eliminating the indigenous population and running the economy on slavery (including the economy of the north in the early days; cotton was the oil of the 19th century industrial revolution). And the only way to justify having your boot on someone’s neck is that you Read more…

Arnold Toynbee: History is again on the move….

History is again on the move.

avatar
Eduardo Galeano: The United States says it expects a lengthy military occupation following itsvictory. US generals wil…

The United States says it expects a lengthy military occupation following its victory. US generals will be in charge of setting up democracy in Iraq. Will this be a democracy like in Haiti, the Dominican Republic or Nicaragua? They occupied Haiti for 19 years and set up a military power base that eventually became the Read more…

avatar
Howard Zinn: The truth is so often the reverse of what has been told us by our culture that we cannot turn our hea…

The truth is so often the reverse of what has been told us by our culture that we cannot turn our heads far enough around to see it.

avatar
Noam Chomsky: Surely no rational or realistic person will discount the possibility that [during wartime] the United…

Surely no rational or realistic person will discount the possibility that [during wartime] the United States might suddenly resort to nuclear weapons. Those who retain the instinct for survival, not to speak of minimal concern for their fellow man, will seek ways to act before rather than after the event.

avatar
Noam Chomsky: In general, democratic decision-making in a capitalist democracy is severely limited by the very fact…

In general, democratic decision-making in a capitalist democracy is severely limited by the very fact that the commercial, financial, and industrial systems?the central institutions of the society?are in law and in principle excluded from public control or participation, except in the indirect ways in which any system of authority, no matter how autocratic, must be Read more…

Stephen Shalom and Michael Albert: In the event that repressive policies are forthcoming, our response should be no different than our r…

In the event that repressive policies are forthcoming, our response should be no different than our response to war policies themselves. It is to enlarge the movement, to increase the ties between the movement and the public — and at the same time to enlarge the more militant sectors of the movement and increase the Read more…

Stephen Shalom and Michael Albert: What takes options out of play for the government is a belief by them that to use those options would…

What takes options out of play for the government is a belief by them that to use those options would do their efforts more harm than good. Why doesn’t the government drop bombs on demonstrators in the streets of Washington DC? Because it would lead to a growth rather than diminution of the opposition; it Read more…

Stephen Shalom and Michael Albert: Activism does not rationally convince elites to change their policies. Nor does activism massage thei…

Activism does not rationally convince elites to change their policies. Nor does activism massage their hearts and lead to a moral transformation. Activism wins when it creates conditions within which elites making critical decisions feel they have no choice but to change their behavior. They change when they decide that to pursue their policies and Read more…

Stephen Shalom and Michael Albert: So rather than reducing anti-U.S. terrorism, U.S. policy has the effect — the predictable effect — …

So rather than reducing anti-U.S. terrorism, U.S. policy has the effect — the predictable effect — of increasing it. In Israel/Palestine we have often seen this same pattern. When there is a lull in the violence, and peace proposals are in the air, the Israeli government launches an assassination or a military operation killing many Read more…

Napoleon Bonaparte: Do you know what surprised me the most in this world? The inability of force to create anything. In…

Do you know what surprised me the most in this world? The inability of force to create anything. In the end the sword is always beaten by the spirit.

avatar
Noam Chomsky: The educated classes have mostly supported the propaganda apparatus throughout history, and when devi…

The educated classes have mostly supported the propaganda apparatus throughout history, and when deviation from doctrinal purity is suppressed or marginalized, the propaganda machine generally enjoys great success. This was understood by Hitler and Stalin, and to this day both closed and open societies pursue and reward the complicity of the educated class.

avatar
Howard Zinn: The American population was bombarded the way the Iraqi population was bombarded. It was a war agains…

The American population was bombarded the way the Iraqi population was bombarded. It was a war against us, a war of lies and disinformation and omission of history. That kind of war, overwhelming and devastating, waged here in the US while the Gulf War was waged over there.

Skip to toolbar