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Randolph Bourne: War is the health of the state….

War is the health of the state.

Jesus Christ: Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed;For not even when one has an abundance does …

Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; For not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.

Thomas Jefferson: A society that will trade a little order for a little freedom will lose both, and deserve neither….

A society that will trade a little order for a little freedom will lose both, and deserve neither.

Hugo Black: A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and degrade religion….

A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and degrade religion.

Thomas Jefferson: I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice will not sleep forever….

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice will not sleep forever.

Karl Marx: Even though the construction of the future and its completion for all times is not our task, what we …

Even though the construction of the future and its completion for all times is not our task, what we have to accomplish at this time is all the more clear: *relentless criticism of all existing conditions*, relentless in the sense that the criticism is not afraid of its findings and just as little afraid of Read more…

Laurence Summers: Extracts from 1991 memo by then World Bank Chief Economist to senior World Bank staff as quoted in H…

Extracts from 1991 memo by then World Bank Chief Economist to senior World Bank staff as quoted in Hellyer, P., ‘Stop. Think’, 1999, Chimo Media Inc. Just between you and me, shouldn’t the World bank be encouraging more migration of the dirty industries to the LDC’s?…the economic logic behind dumping a load of toxic waste Read more…

: I’m surrounded by the paradoxical paranoidal paranormal parameters of synchronicity….

I’m surrounded by the paradoxical paranoidal paranormal parameters of synchronicity.

Desmond Tutu: When they arrived, we had the land and they had the Bible and they told us to close our eyes to pray….

When they arrived, we had the land and they had the Bible and they told us to close our eyes to pray. When we opened our eyes, they had the land and we had the Bible

Guthrie Woody: The world is filled with people who are no longer needed-and who try to make slaves of all of us. And…

The world is filled with people who are no longer needed-and who try to make slaves of all of us. And they have their music and we have ours-theirs, the wasted songs of a superstitous nightmare. And without their musical and ideological miscarriages to compare our songs of freedom to, we’d not have any oppposite Read more…

Eagleton Terry: If cultures are internally self-validating, then it would be sheer imperial arrogance for our own cul…

If cultures are internally self-validating, then it would be sheer imperial arrogance for our own culture to seek to pass judgement on any other. But by the same token these cultures could not pass judgement on ours. The collary of not being able to tell someone anything is that they can tell you nothing either. Read more…

Thomas Frank: And yet the seismographs of public opinion show barely the faintest signs that Americans are preparin…

And yet the seismographs of public opinion show barely the faintest signs that Americans are preparing to redress what’s been done to them. Instead, we on the receiving end of the new inequality are turning out majorities that reaffirm the very politics that have so afflicted us, we are tuning in enthusiastically to hear millionaires Read more…

Allen Ginsberg: I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness……

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness…

Dennis Lyxzen: Is it our duty to die for government and for gods?Is it our privilege to slave for market and industr…

Is it our duty to die for government and for gods? Is it our privilege to slave for market and industry? Is it our right to follow laws set to scare and to oppress? Is it our gift to stay in line and will it take away the blame?

Prime Minister John Howard: I want Australia to be the greatest shareholding democracy. (The vision of Australia’s bank clerk pm)…

I want Australia to be the greatest shareholding democracy. (The vision of Australia’s bank clerk pm)

Cheshire Cat: It’s a poor sort of memory which only works backward….

It’s a poor sort of memory which only works backward.

Jacques Derrida: … it must be cried out, at a time when some have the audacity toneo-evangelize in the name of the i…

… it must be cried out, at a time when some have the audacity to neo-evangelize in the name of the ideal of a liberal democracy that has finally realised itself as the ideal of human history: never have violence, inequality, exclusion, famine, and thus economic oppression affected as many human beings in the history Read more…

Frank Herbert: Atrocity is recognized as such by victem and perpetrator alike, by all who learn about it at whatever…

Atrocity is recognized as such by victem and perpetrator alike, by all who learn about it at whatever remove. Atrocity has no excuses, no mitigating arguments. Atrocity merely arms the future for more atrocity. It is self-perpetuating upon itself–a barbarous form of incest. Whoever commits atrocity also commits those future atrocities this bred.

Charles de Gaulle: In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant. …

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.

Hellen Keller: You ask for votes for women. What good can votes do when ten-elevenths of the land of Great Britain b…

You ask for votes for women. What good can votes do when ten-elevenths of the land of Great Britain belongs to 200,000 and only one-eleventh to the rest of the 40,000,000? Have your men with their millions of votes freed themselves from this injustice?

Albert Einstein: I do not know with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with stick…

I do not know with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones.

Hellen Keller: Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means that we choose between two bodies…

Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means that we choose between two bodies of real, though not avowed, autocrats, We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

Baron Rothschild: I care not who forms the government of a country, so long as I control the purse strings….

I care not who forms the government of a country, so long as I control the purse strings.

Pat Robertson: [The Equal Rights Amendment] is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages wom…

[The Equal Rights Amendment] is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.

Albert Einstein: Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds….

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

Howard Scott: A criminal is a person with predatory instincts without sufficient capital to form a corporation. …

A criminal is a person with predatory instincts without sufficient capital to form a corporation.

Frederick Engels: Let us not, however, flatter ourselves overmuch on account of our human victories over nature. For ea…

Let us not, however, flatter ourselves overmuch on account of our human victories over nature. For each such victory nature takes its revenge on us.

Don Marquis: When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him whose. …

When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him whose.

Frederick Douglas: Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without pl…

Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be Read more…

Emiliano Zapata: I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees. …

I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees.

Sam Dolgoff: There is no pure Anarchism. There is only the application of Anarchist principles to the realities of…

There is no pure Anarchism. There is only the application of Anarchist principles to the realities of social living. The aim of Anarchism is to stimulate forces that propel society in a libertarian direction.

Karl Marx: Hitherto philosophers have only interpreted the world, the point however is to change it….

Hitherto philosophers have only interpreted the world, the point however is to change it.

Errico Malatesta: Individualism is, in theory, a kind of Anarchy without cooperation. It is therefore no better than a …

Individualism is, in theory, a kind of Anarchy without cooperation. It is therefore no better than a lie, because liberty is not possible without Solidarity, without cooperation. The criticism which Individualists pass on government is merely the wish to deprive it of certain functions, to hand them over virtually to the capitalists. But it cannot Read more…

Big Bill Haywood: For every dollar the boss has and didn’t work for, one of us worked for a dollar and didn’t get it. …

For every dollar the boss has and didn’t work for, one of us worked for a dollar and didn’t get it.

Theodor Adorno: People have so manipulated the concept of freedom that it finally boils down to the right of the stro…

People have so manipulated the concept of freedom that it finally boils down to the right of the stronger and richer to take from the weaker and poorer whatever they still have.

Adam Smith: Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted f…

Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all.

Karl Marx: You are horrified at our intending to do away with private property. But in your existing society pri…

You are horrified at our intending to do away with private property. But in your existing society private property is already done away for nine-tenths of the population; its existence for the few is solely due to its nonexistence in the hands of those nine-tenths. You reproach us, therefore, with intending to do away with Read more…

Henry David Thoreau: Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. …

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

George Bernard shaw: The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the …

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

: A piece of freedom is no longer enough for human beings… unlike bread, a slice of liberty does not …

A piece of freedom is no longer enough for human beings… unlike bread, a slice of liberty does not finish hunger. Freedom is like life. It cannot be had in installments. Freedom is indivisible – we have it all, or we are not free.

Jeff Cohen: It’s to the point where Brit Hume, the ABC correspondent at the White House, plays tennis with George…

It’s to the point where Brit Hume, the ABC correspondent at the White House, plays tennis with George Bush…. You find these relationships are so close that reporters don’t challenge the subjects of their stories, they just tell you what the government is saying. In other words, they have become stenographers for power and not Read more…

Alex Carey: The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the…

The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.

Adam Smith: It was not by gold or by silver, but by labor, that all the wealth of the world was originally purcha…

It was not by gold or by silver, but by labor, that all the wealth of the world was originally purchased.

General Smedley Butler: I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the mil…

I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher-ups. This is typical with Read more…

Adolf Fischer: The strongest bulwark of the capitalist system is the ignorance of its victims. …

The strongest bulwark of the capitalist system is the ignorance of its victims.

Albert Parsons: Formerly the master selected the slave; today the slave selects his master….

Formerly the master selected the slave; today the slave selects his master.

August Spies: It may surprise some of our American citizens to learn that in this country of free speech there is n…

It may surprise some of our American citizens to learn that in this country of free speech there is no easier thing in the world than to sentence persons to death for expressing their views…

Leon Trotsky: The working class cannot be left wandering all over Russia. They must be thrown here and there, appoi…

The working class cannot be left wandering all over Russia. They must be thrown here and there, appointed, commanded, just like soldiers.

: There will come a time when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today! …

There will come a time when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today!

Josef Stalin: In the Soviet Union…no important political or organizational problem is ever decided by our soviets…

In the Soviet Union…no important political or organizational problem is ever decided by our soviets and other mass organizations, without directives from our party. In this sense, we may say that the dictatorship [of the proletariat] is substantially the dictatorship of the Party.

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