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Lewis Mumford: A Society that gives to one class all the opportunities for leisure and to another all the burdens of…

A Society that gives to one class all the opportunities for leisure and to another all the burdens of work condemns both classes to spiritual sterility

William Morris: Now, as to occupations, we shall clearly not be able to have the same division of labor as now: vicar…

Now, as to occupations, we shall clearly not be able to have the same division of labor as now: vicarious servanting, sewer emptying, butchering, letter carrying, boo-blacking, hair dressing, and the rest of it will have to come to an end ? we shan?t put a pattern on a cloth or a twiddle on a Read more…

C.Wright Mills: Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to c…

Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them–and then, the opportunity to choose

: If you give me a fish, you have feed me for a day. If you teach me to fish, then you have fed me unti…

If you give me a fish, you have feed me for a day. If you teach me to fish, then you have fed me until the river is contaminated or the shore line seized for development. But if teach me to organize, then whatever the challenge I can join together with my peers and we Read more…

John Stuart Mill: So true is it that unnatural generally means only uncustomary and that everything which is usual appe…

So true is it that unnatural generally means only uncustomary and that everything which is usual appears natural

John Stuart Mill: One cannot say that all conservatives are stupid people, one can say that most stupid people are cons…

One cannot say that all conservatives are stupid people, one can say that most stupid people are conservative

John Stuart Mill: I confess that I am not charmed with the ideal of life held out by those who think that the normal st…

I confess that I am not charmed with the ideal of life held out by those who think that the normal state of human beings is that of struggling to get on; that the trampling, crushing, elbowing, and treading on each other?s heels, which form the existing type of social life, are the most desirable Read more…

H.L. Mencken: in the United States, alone among the great nations of history, there is a right way to think and a w…

in the United States, alone among the great nations of history, there is a right way to think and a wrong way to think in everything…in the most trivial matters of everyday life

H.L. Mencken: I believe it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to …

I believe it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than to be ignorant

H.L. Mencken: That erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of t…

That erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public Read more…

H.L. Mencken: The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more like…

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; Read more…

Poldi Meindl: When you argue or plead with a Politician, expecting him to suddenly become as smart as required by L…

When you argue or plead with a Politician, expecting him to suddenly become as smart as required by Law, you will have much greater Assurance in Hope and Fun watching the Melting of the Greenland Ice

Margaret Mead: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the…

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has

Groucho Marx: The secret of success is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake those, you’ve got it made…

The secret of success is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake those, you’ve got it made

Karl Marx: He who before was the money owner, now strides in front as capitalist; the possessor of labor-power f…

He who before was the money owner, now strides in front as capitalist; the possessor of labor-power follows as his laborer. The one with an air of importance, smirking, intent on business; the other hesitant, like one who is bringing his own hide to market and has nothing to expect but–a hiding

Karl Marx: Plainly speaking, and dispensing with all paraphrase, punishment is nothing but a means of society to…

Plainly speaking, and dispensing with all paraphrase, punishment is nothing but a means of society to defend itself against the infraction of its vital conditions, whatever may be their character. Now what a state of society is that which knows of no better instrument for its own defense than the hangman, and which proclaims . Read more…

Errico Maletesa: The only possible alternative to being the oppressed or the oppressor is voluntary cooperation for th…

The only possible alternative to being the oppressed or the oppressor is voluntary cooperation for the greatest good of all

Wilma Mankiller: Contrary to today?s stereotypes, racists do not always chew tobacco and drive pickup trucks with gun …

Contrary to today?s stereotypes, racists do not always chew tobacco and drive pickup trucks with gun racks. They wear silk shirts, treat women as possessions, and talk about human rights at cocktail parties far from communities of people of color. The men in pickup trucks are just as likely to be as warm and caring Read more…

Conrard Lynn: Millions of words are printed each month on the doings of high society, the devious machinations of t…

Millions of words are printed each month on the doings of high society, the devious machinations of their politicians, the cultural concerns of the middle class and on their sports heroes. Seldom is an attempt made to give voice to the longings, the anguish, and the desperation of the deprived. Perhaps, the preoccupation of making Read more…

James Madison: A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to …

A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both

Abraham Lincoln: I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causesme to tremble for the safety…

I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country….corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the Read more…

Sinclair Lewis: His name was George F. Babbitt, and … he was nimble in the calling of selling houses for more than …

His name was George F. Babbitt, and … he was nimble in the calling of selling houses for more than people could afford to pay

Abraham Lincoln: Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never h…

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration

John Lennon: Possession is 9/10 of the problem…

Possession is 9/10 of the problem

Tom Lehrer: I know there are people in this world who do not love their fellow man, and I HATE people like that…

I know there are people in this world who do not love their fellow man, and I HATE people like that

Sir Wilfrid Laurier: What is hateful…is not rebellion but the despotism which induces the rebellion; what is hateful are…

What is hateful…is not rebellion but the despotism which induces the rebellion; what is hateful are not rebels but the men, who, having the enjoyment of power, do not discharge the duties of power; they are the men who, having the power to redress wrongs, refuse to listen to the petitioners that are sent to Read more…

Ursula Leguin: Saemtenevia Prospect was two miles long, and it was a solid mass of things to buy, things for sale. C…

Saemtenevia Prospect was two miles long, and it was a solid mass of things to buy, things for sale. Coats, dresses, gowns, robes, trousers, breeches, shirts, umbrellas, clothes to wear while sleeping, while swimming, while playing games, while at an afternoon party, while at an evening theatre, while riding horses, gardening, receiving guests, boating, dining, Read more…

Krishnamurti: It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society…

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society

Peter Kropotkin: How many care to seek only for precedents? How many fiery innovators are mere copycats of bygone revo…

How many care to seek only for precedents? How many fiery innovators are mere copycats of bygone revolutionaries?

Martin Luther King: I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, e…

I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, other-centered men can build up.. …human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…. We are Read more…

Martin Luther King: I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism…

I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism

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Martin Luther King Jr.: We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad peo…

We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people

John Maynard Keynes: [Capitalism] is not a success. It is not intelligent, it is not beautiful, it is not just, it is not …

[Capitalism] is not a success. It is not intelligent, it is not beautiful, it is not just, it is not virtuous–and it doesn’t deliver the goods. In short, we dislike it, and we are beginning to despise it. But when we wonder what to put in its place, we are extremely perplexed

John Maynard Keynes: The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong,…

The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences are usually the slaves of some defunct economist

John Maynard Keynes: Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of thin…

Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.

John Maynard Keynes: The love of money as a possession–as distinguished from the love of money as a means to the enjoymen…

The love of money as a possession–as distinguished from the love of money as a means to the enjoyments and realities of life–will be recognized for what it is, a somewhat disgusting morbidity, one of those semi-criminal, semi-pathological propensities which one hands over with a shudder to the specialists in mental disease

Florence Kennedy: Be patient. It may take thirty years, but sooner or later they’ll listen to you, and in the meantime…

Be patient. It may take thirty years, but sooner or later they’ll listen to you, and in the meantime, keep kicking ass

John M. Keynes: Speculators may do no harm as bubbles on a steady stream of enterprise. But the position is serious w…

Speculators may do no harm as bubbles on a steady stream of enterprise. But the position is serious when enterprise becomes the bubble on a whirlpool of speculation

Helen Keller: Security is mostly superstition, it does not exist in nature nor do the children of men as a whole ex…

Security is mostly superstition, it does not exist in nature nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than out right exposure. To keep our faces towards change and behave as free spiritsÿin the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.

: Fighting crime by building more jails is like fighting cancer by building more cemeteries…

Fighting crime by building more jails is like fighting cancer by building more cemeteries

Immanuel Kant: Freedom is the precondition for acquiring the maturity for freedom, not a gift to be granted when suc…

Freedom is the precondition for acquiring the maturity for freedom, not a gift to be granted when such maturity has been achieved

Immanuel Kant: There is only a single categorical imperative and it is this: Act only on that maxim through which yo…

There is only a single categorical imperative and it is this: Act only on that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law

Jevons: Pleasure and pain are undoubtedly the ultimate objects of the Calculus of Economics. To satisfy our w…

Pleasure and pain are undoubtedly the ultimate objects of the Calculus of Economics. To satisfy our wants to the utmost with the least effort…is the problem of economics

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Jesse Jackson: I do not deny the allegation, I deny the allegator…

I do not deny the allegation, I deny the allegator

Thomas Jefferson: I hope we shall take warning from the example of England and crush in itsbirth the aristocracy of our…

I hope we shall take warning from the example of England and crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our Government to trial and bid defiance to the laws of our country.

Cree Indian: Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after t…

Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then you will find that money cannot be eaten

Eric Hoffer: In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equippe…

In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists

Langston Hughes: Listen, Revolution, We’re buddies, see — Together, We can take everything: Factories, arsenals, hous…

Listen, Revolution, We’re buddies, see — Together, We can take everything: Factories, arsenals, houses, ships, Railroads, forests, fields, orchards, Bus lines, telegraphs, radios, (Jesus! Raise hell with radios!) Steel mills, coal mines, oil wells, gas, All the tools of production, (Great day in the morning!) Everything — And turn ’em over to the people who Read more…

Aldous Huxley: To think about events realistically, in terms of multiple causations, is hard and emotionally unrewar…

To think about events realistically, in terms of multiple causations, is hard and emotionally unrewarding. How much easier, how much more agreeable to trace each effect to a single and, if possible, a personal cause! To the illusion of understanding will be joined, in this case, the pleasure of hero worship, if the circumstances are Read more…

joseph Heller: They will do whatever we let them get away with…

They will do whatever we let them get away with

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