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Noam Chomsky: Far from creating independent thinkers, schools have always, throughout history, played an institutio…

Far from creating independent thinkers, schools have always, throughout history, played an institutional role in a system of control and coercion. And once you are well educated you have already been socialized in ways that support the power structure, which, in turn, rewards you immensely.

Omar Bradley: ?Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about pea…

?Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.? – General Omar Bradley speech to West Point cadets, 1952.

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Norman Solomon: When a country–particularly a democracy–goes to war, the passive consent of the governed lubricates…

When a country–particularly a democracy–goes to war, the passive consent of the governed lubricates the machinery of slaughter. Silence is a key form of cooperation, but the war-making system does not insist on quietude or agreement. Mere passivity and self-restraint will suffice to keep the missiles flying, the bombs exploding and the faraway people dying.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Hence arose the national wars, battles, murders, and reprisals which make nature tremble and shock re…

Hence arose the national wars, battles, murders, and reprisals which make nature tremble and shock reason, and all those horrible prejudices which rank the honor of shedding human blood among the virtues. The most decent men learned to consider it one of their duties to murder their fellowmen; at length men were seen to massacre Read more…

Jay Leno: President Bush may be the smartest military president in history. First he gets Iraq to destroy all …

President Bush may be the smartest military president in history. First he gets Iraq to destroy all of their own weapons. Then he declares war.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: The uprising that ends by strangling or dethroning a sultan is as lawful an act as those by which he …

The uprising that ends by strangling or dethroning a sultan is as lawful an act as those by which he disposed, the day before, of the lives and goods of his subjects. Force alone maintained him, force alone overthrows him.

Sherman Alexie: We will find that we will not be able to find and kill the last terrorist, because, well, he is a met…

We will find that we will not be able to find and kill the last terrorist, because, well, he is a metaphor. And you can’t kill a metaphor, you can only turn it into a cliche.

: As to how to react, we have a choice. We can express justified horror; we can seek to understand wha…

As to how to react, we have a choice. We can express justified horror; we can seek to understand what may have led to the crimes, which means making an effort to enter the minds of the likely perpetrators. If we choose the latter course, we can do no better, I think, than to listen Read more…

Jean Paul Marat: Don’t be deceived when they tell you things are better now. Even if there’s no poverty to be seen be…

Don’t be deceived when they tell you things are better now. Even if there’s no poverty to be seen because the poverty’s been hidden. Even if you ever got more wages and could afford to buy more of these new and useless goods which industries foist on you and even if it seems to you Read more…

Dwight Eisenhower: All of us have heard this term ‘preventive war’ since the earliest days of Hitler. I don’t believe t…

All of us have heard this term ‘preventive war’ since the earliest days of Hitler. I don’t believe there is such a thing; and, frankly, I wouldn’t even listen to anyone seriously that came in and talked about such a thing.

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David Edwards: It has become clear that the US and UK governments represent no one, that they are trying to plunge t…

It has become clear that the US and UK governments represent no one, that they are trying to plunge the world into the same cycle of violence and revenge, hatred and despair that cursed the twentieth century. But vast numbers of people around the world are unwilling to accept this lunatic course of action. There Read more…

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Tim Wise: Yet few whites have ever thought of our position as resulting from racial preferences. Indeed, we pri…

Yet few whites have ever thought of our position as resulting from racial preferences. Indeed, we pride ourselves on our hard work and ambition, as if somehow we invented the concepts. As if we have worked harder than the folks who were forced to pick cotton and build levies for free; harder than the Latino Read more…

George Orwell: The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are …

The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.

: Every intellectual who is called before one of the committees ought to refuse to testify; i.e., he mu…

Every intellectual who is called before one of the committees ought to refuse to testify; i.e., he must be prepared for jail and economic ruin, in short, for the sacrifice of his personal welfare in the interest of the cultural welfare of his country. [If such a program is not adopted then] the intellectuals of Read more…

George Gurdjieff: If today is like yesterday/Tomorrow will be like today,/If you want tomorrow to be different/You must…

If today is like yesterday/Tomorrow will be like today,/If you want tomorrow to be different/You must make today different.

Albert Einstein: It is little short of a miracle that modern methods of instruction have not already completely strang…

It is little short of a miracle that modern methods of instruction have not already completely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry, because what this delicate little plant needs most, apart from initial stimulation, is freedom; without that it is surely destroyed….I believe that one could even deprive a healthy beast of prey of its Read more…

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Michael Albert: We are presently taught in schools to endure boredom and to take orders–because that’s what capitali…

We are presently taught in schools to endure boredom and to take orders–because that’s what capitalism needs from most of us. In a Parecon we will learn to become as capable and creative and productive as we can, and to participate as full citizens.

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Michael Albert: Within capitalist firms there is a hierarchy of power that is greater even than that in dictatorships…

Within capitalist firms there is a hierarchy of power that is greater even than that in dictatorships. Stalin himself never dreamed of demanding that the Russian population should have to ask permission to go to the bathroom…a condition that very often prevails for workers in corporations.

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Paul Street: Those who dissent from the status quo are continually faced with a significant question that is often…

Those who dissent from the status quo are continually faced with a significant question that is often asked with hostile intent: So what’s your solution? Contrary to some left opinion, the question is not inherently a method of suppressing or ridiculing dissent and the struggle to answer it is not inherently dogmatic or reformist. The Read more…

Prophet Muhammad: It is a duty on every believer to stop wrongdoing with the hand, if that is not possible then with th…

It is a duty on every believer to stop wrongdoing with the hand, if that is not possible then with the tongue, if that is not possible then with the heart – and this (last one) is the weakest stage of faith.

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Michael Albert: History is not over. It is, instead, ours to make….

History is not over. It is, instead, ours to make.

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Michael Albert: If movements for social change unswervingly seek diversity, solidarity, equity, and self-management–…

If movements for social change unswervingly seek diversity, solidarity, equity, and self-management–peace and justice–and if they do it in a manner and with a tone and with tactics all of which seek to empower the weak and to meet the needs of the poor, they/we can win this struggle–and the struggle I have in mind Read more…

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Michael Albert: In short, are we building an activist community that preserves itself against incursions from without…

In short, are we building an activist community that preserves itself against incursions from without, creating an identity for ourselves as dissidents which we protect from dissolving, sometimes even becoming more concerned about persisting unchanged in all our formulations and processes than we are concerned about growing and diversifying? Or are we developing a movement Read more…

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Martin Luther King Jr.: Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. …

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

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Michael Albert: Success is not a single all or nothing affair. Of course we want to prevent war in Iraq. And of co…

Success is not a single all or nothing affair. Of course we want to prevent war in Iraq. And of course doing so would be a world transforming, historic achievement. But, should war proceed, it would not mean that we are failing, but only that we have a little less power than we hoped to Read more…

Eric Hoffer: The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not…

The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not.

Frank Herbert: The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand. …

The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.

James A. Garfield: Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor jus…

Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.

Richard Feynman: We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with …

We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.

Mahatma Gandhi: Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. …

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.

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Noam Chomsky: American aggressiveness, however it may be masked in pious rhetoric, is a dominant force in world aff…

American aggressiveness, however it may be masked in pious rhetoric, is a dominant force in world affairs and must be analyzed in terms of its causes and motives. There is no body of theory or significant body of relevant information, beyond the comprehension of the layman, which makes policy immune from criticism. To the extent Read more…

Thomas A. Edison: Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave …

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

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Noam Chomsky: At this moment of national disgrace, as American technology is running amuck?a discussion of American…

At this moment of national disgrace, as American technology is running amuck?a discussion of American schools can hardly avoid noting the fact that these schools are the first training ground for the troops that will enforce the muted, unending terror of the status quo in the coming years of a projected American century; for the Read more…

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John Pilger: Who among the liberals who say their motive for backing Bush and Blair is to liberate the Iraqi peopl…

Who among the liberals who say their motive for backing Bush and Blair is to liberate the Iraqi people has spoken out against this medieval siege that has liberated hundreds of thousands of Iraqis from life? Their specious compassion is like that of the man who stands besides a torturer, reassuring the victim that his Read more…

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Judy Rebick: The millions that took [to] the streets on every continent, in so many cities and towns were sending …

The millions that took [to] the streets on every continent, in so many cities and towns were sending a message [to] both the government of the United States and to the peoples of the Middle East. There is no West versus East, no Christians and Jews versus Muslims, there is only the government of George Read more…

Robert Jensen and Rahul Mahajan: In 1969, President Richard Nixon had a secret plan called Duck Hook to escalate dramatically the atta…

In 1969, President Richard Nixon had a secret plan called Duck Hook to escalate dramatically the attack on Vietnam, including the possible use of nuclear weapons. Nixon officials planned to issue an ultimatum to North Vietnam on Nov. 1, 1969. On Oct. 15, a half-million protesters descended on Washington, DC, and across the country millions Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: The powerful have invoked God at their side in this war, so that we will accept their power and our w…

The powerful have invoked God at their side in this war, so that we will accept their power and our weakness as something that has been established by divine plan. But there is no god behind this war other than the god of money, nor any righ tother than the desire for death and destruction. Read more…

Wilfred Owen: If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood/Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,/Obscene as …

If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood/Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,/Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud/Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,/My friend, you would not tell with such high zest/To children ardent for some desperate glory,/The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est/Pro patria mori.

Subcomandante Marcos: Only for the powerful is history an upward line, where their today is always the pinnacle. For those…

Only for the powerful is history an upward line, where their today is always the pinnacle. For those below, history is a question which can only be answered by looking backwards and forwards, thus creating new questions.

Antonio Gramsci: Indifference is actually the mainspring of history. But in a negative sense. What comes to pass, eith…

Indifference is actually the mainspring of history. But in a negative sense. What comes to pass, either the evil that afflicts everyone, or the possible good brought about by an act of general valour, is due not so much to the initiative of the active few, as to the indifference, the absenteeism of the many.

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Mark Steel: For most people, Blair and Bush have simply lost the argument. Despite being in a hole, these two pol…

For most people, Blair and Bush have simply lost the argument. Despite being in a hole, these two politicians can’t stop digging. Every piece of compelling new evidence for the necessity of war turns out to be even more ludicrous than the last, so we’ve now arrived at plagiarised student theses and crackly intercepted phone Read more…

Antonio Gramsci: Coercion is as such only for those who reject it, not for those who accept it….

Coercion is as such only for those who reject it, not for those who accept it.

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John Clarke: Democracy can and must be about more than voting every four years on which gang of pirates you want t…

Democracy can and must be about more than voting every four years on which gang of pirates you want to be robbed by. It must mean the mass of people actually running things and, especially, taking control of the production of society’s wealth….While we may have to defend our crust of bread today, we’re working Read more…

Seneca: It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture tha…

It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.

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Eduardo Galeano: I pursue the enemy voice that has ordered me to be sad. At times I feel that joy is a crime of high t…

I pursue the enemy voice that has ordered me to be sad. At times I feel that joy is a crime of high treason, and I am guilty of the privilege of being alive and free…The task ahead ? building our country ? cannot be accomplished with bricks of shit. Will we be of any Read more…

charles bukowski: Almost everybody is born a genius and buried an idiot….

Almost everybody is born a genius and buried an idiot.

: ?I?m not interested in culture,…, I’m not interested in pro-social values. I have only one interest…

?I?m not interested in culture,…, I’m not interested in pro-social values. I have only one interest. that’s whether people watch the program. That’s my definition of good, that’s my definition of bad.’

Ronald Reagan: Facts are stupid things….

Facts are stupid things.

George Seldes: The most stupid boast in the history of present-day journalism is that of the writer who says, ‘I hav…

The most stupid boast in the history of present-day journalism is that of the writer who says, ‘I have never been given orders; I am free to do as I like.’…No one needs to instruct the editor of a magazine dependent on cigarette-ad revenue not to launch a crusade against the tobacco industry.

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John Pilger: An accounting of the sheer scale and continuity and consequences of American imperial violence is our…

An accounting of the sheer scale and continuity and consequences of American imperial violence is our elite’s most enduring taboo.

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