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Simone De Beauvoir: I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom…

I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom

Joseph Conrad: They were conquerors, and for that you want only brute force – nothing to boast of, when you have it,…

They were conquerors, and for that you want only brute force – nothing to boast of, when you have it, because your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others. They grabbed what they could get for the sake of what was to be got. It was just robbery with violence, aggravated Read more…

Confucius: The superior person understands rightness; the inferior person understands profit…

The superior person understands rightness; the inferior person understands profit

G.D.H Cole: Woe betide those who seek to save themselves the pain of mental building by inhabiting dead men?s min…

Woe betide those who seek to save themselves the pain of mental building by inhabiting dead men?s minds

: The arts of power and its minions are the same in all countries and in all ages. It marks its victim;…

The arts of power and its minions are the same in all countries and in all ages. It marks its victim; denounces it; and excites the public odium and the public hatred, to conceal its own abuses and encroachments.

G.D.H Cole: It is not enough that the forms of government should have the passive or implied consent of the gover…

It is not enough that the forms of government should have the passive or implied consent of the governed, but that the Society will be in health only if it is in the full sense democratic and self-governing, which implies not only that all the citizen should have a `right’ to influence its policy if Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Another poll revealed that faith in God is the most important part of American’s lives. Forty percent…

Another poll revealed that faith in God is the most important part of American’s lives. Forty percent said they valued their relationship with God above all else; 29 percent chose good health and 21 percent happy marriage. Satisfying work was chosen by 5 percent, respect of people in the community by 2 percent. That this Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: More generally, people have little specific knowledge of what is happening around them. An academic s…

More generally, people have little specific knowledge of what is happening around them. An academic study that appeared right before the presidential election reports that less than 30 percent of the population was aware of the positions of the candidates on major issues, though 86 percent knew the name of George Bush’s dog. The general Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: I would like to believe that people have an instinct for freedom, that they really want to control th…

I would like to believe that people have an instinct for freedom, that they really want to control their own affairs. They don?t want to be pushed around, ordered, oppressed, etc., and they want a chance to do things that make sense, like constructive work in a way they control, or maybe control together with Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Anarcho-capitalism, in my opinion, is a doctrinal system which, if ever implemented, would lead to fo…

Anarcho-capitalism, in my opinion, is a doctrinal system which, if ever implemented, would lead to forms of tyranny and oppression that have few counterparts in human history. There isn’t the slightest possibility that its (in my view, horrendous) ideas would be implemented, because they would quickly destroy any society that made this colossal error. The Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Why should workers agree to be slaves in a basically authoritarian structure? They should have contro…

Why should workers agree to be slaves in a basically authoritarian structure? They should have control over it themselves. Why shouldn?t communities have a dominant voice in running the institutions that affect their lives?

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Noam Chomsky: Suppose that humans happen to be so constructed that they desire the opportunity for freely undertake…

Suppose that humans happen to be so constructed that they desire the opportunity for freely undertaken productive work. Suppose that they want to be free from the meddling of technocrats and commisars, bankers and tycoons, mad bombers who engage in psychological tests of will with peasants defending their homes, behavioral scientists who can’t tell a Read more…

Tao te Ching: When the world has the Way,Running horses are retired to till the fields.When the world lacks the Way…

When the world has the Way, Running horses are retired to till the fields. When the world lacks the Way, War-horses are bred in the countryside. No crime is greater than approving of greed, No calamity is greater than discontent, No fault is greater than possessiveness

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Noam Chomsky: If we don?t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don?t believe in it at all…

If we don?t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don?t believe in it at all

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Noam Chomsky: There is substantial evidence that the fear of domestic disruption has inhibited murderous plans. On…

There is substantial evidence that the fear of domestic disruption has inhibited murderous plans. One documented case concerns Vietnam. The Joint Chiefs of Staff recognized the need that ‘sufficient forces would still be available for civil disorder control.’ if they sent troops to Vietnam after the Tet Offensive, and Pentagon officials feared that escalation might Read more…

Ron Carey: After years of ‘taking it on the chin,’ working families are telling big companies that we will fight…

After years of ‘taking it on the chin,’ working families are telling big companies that we will fight for the American dream. This is not just a Teamster victory, this is a victory for all working people

Benjamin R. Cardozo: Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freed…

Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom

Italo Calvino: There are two ways not to suffer from the inferno we are all living in every day. The first suits mos…

There are two ways not to suffer from the inferno we are all living in every day. The first suits most people: accept the inferno and become part of it to the point where you don’t even see it any more. The second is riskier and requires constant attention and willingness to learn: seek out Read more…

Helder Camara: When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call m…

When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist

: I spent 33 years in the Marines. Most of my time being a high-classc muscle man for Big business, for…

I spent 33 years in the Marines. Most of my time being a high-classc muscle man for Big business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe Read more…

Geoge Burns: Too bad that all the people who really know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cut…

Too bad that all the people who really know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair

Martin Buber: One cannot in the nature of things expect a little tree that has been turned into a club to put forth…

One cannot in the nature of things expect a little tree that has been turned into a club to put forth leaves

Chief Sitting Bull: Hear me people: We now have to deal with another race—small and feeble when our fathers first met t…

Hear me people: We now have to deal with another race—small and feeble when our fathers first met them, but now great and overbearing. Strangely enough they have a mind to till the soil and the love of possessions is a disease with them. These people have made many rules which the rich may break Read more…

Bertolt Brecht: Those who take the most from the table, teach contentment. Those for whom the taxes are destined, dem…

Those who take the most from the table, teach contentment. Those for whom the taxes are destined, demand sacrifice. Those who eat their fill, speak to the hungry, of wonderful times to come. Those who lead the country into the abyss, call ruling difficult, for ordinary folk

William Brennan: Those whom we would banish from society or from the human community itself often speak in too faint a…

Those whom we would banish from society or from the human community itself often speak in too faint a voice to be heard above society’s demand for punishment. It is the particular role of the courts to hear these voices, for the Constitution declares that the majoritarian chorus may not alone dictate the conditions of Read more…

Murray Bookchin: In going from the present to the future, from here to there, we must ask: what is power? Under what c…

In going from the present to the future, from here to there, we must ask: what is power? Under what conditions is it dissolved? And what does its dissolution mean?

Eric Bogosian: We are all conduits for something. Whatever we are in contact with,whatever we surround ourselves wit…

We are all conduits for something. Whatever we are in contact with, whatever we surround ourselves with, passes through us whether we like it or not. A driver zooming through traffic because he’s listening to speed metal is a conduit for the music. Likewise, we are conduits for the enterprises in which we participate. Ideas Read more…

Paul Blumberg: There is hardly a study in the entire literature which fails to demonstrate that satisfaction in work…

There is hardly a study in the entire literature which fails to demonstrate that satisfaction in work is enhanced or that other generally acknowledged beneficial consequences accrue from a genuine increase in workers’ decision-making power. Such consisncy of findings, I admit is rare in social research

Steve Biko: The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed…

The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed

William Blake: Reason, or the ratio of all we have already known, is not the same that it shall be when we know more…

Reason, or the ratio of all we have already known, is not the same that it shall be when we know more

John Berger: It is no longer a single historical world–as it has been from the beginning of the nineteenth centur…

It is no longer a single historical world–as it has been from the beginning of the nineteenth century onwards. Nor is it any longer ours. We, in our culture of commodities, are living our crisis; the rest of the world are living theirs. Our crisis is that we no longer believe in a future. Their Read more…

Upton Sinclair: It is difficult to get a man to understand something,” said Upton Sinclair, when his salary&rdq…

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something,” said Upton Sinclair, “when his salary” — or, I would add, his campaign contributions — “depend upon his not understanding it. –Paul Krugman, NY Times, Aug. 24, 2009.

Desmund Tutu: If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. …

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

Desmund Tutu: If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. …

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

Yevgeny Yevtushenko:  When the truth is replaced by silence, that silence is a lie….

 "When the truth is replaced by silence, that silence is a lie."

Yevgeni Yevtushenko:  When the truth is replaced by silence, that silence is a lie….

 "When the truth is replaced by silence, that silence is a lie."

Mikhail Bakunin:  To revolt is a natural tendency of life. Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes it. In…

 To revolt is a natural tendency of life. Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes it. In general, the vitality and relative dignity of an animal can be measured by the intensity of its instinct to revolt. 

: President Obama says he wants to create a national health care plan that’s both affordable and easy t…

"President Obama says he wants to create a national health care plan that’s both affordable and easy to use. … Yeah, good. And the insurance industry says that they’ll fight the plan with congressmen who are both affordable and easy to use".–Conan O’Brien.

:  President Obama says he wants to create a national health plant that’s both affordable and easy…

 President Obama says he wants to create a national health plant that’s both affordable and easy to use.Yup, . Yeah, good. And the insurance industry sayys they’l fight the plan with congressmen who are both affordable and easy to use. –Conan ObRien, quoted in NY Times, June 14, 2009

Silvio Rodriguez: ¿Hasta dónde debemos practicar las verdades?…

¿Hasta dónde debemos practicar las verdades?

Henry Ford: An underpaid man is a customer reduced in purchasing power. He cannot buy. Business depression is cau…

"An underpaid man is a customer reduced in purchasing power. He cannot buy. Business depression is caused by weakened purchasing power. Purchasing power is weakened by uncertainty or insufficiency of income. The cure of business depression is through purchasing power, and the source of puchasing power is wages." – Corporate Titan Henry Ford, 1926.

Joan Robinson: The purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of ready-made answers to economic questions…

"The purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of ready-made answers to economic questions, but to learn how to avoid being deceived by economists."

Karl Polanyi: The step which makes isolated markets into a market economy, regulated markets into a self-regulating…

"The step which makes isolated markets into a market economy, regulated markets into a self-regulating market, is indeed crucial. The nineteenth century- whether hailing the fact as the apex of civilization or deploring it as a cancerous growth- naiively imagined that such a development was a natural outcome of the spreading of markets. It was Read more…

Timothy Geithner:  New York Times, April 2009: An examination of Mr. Geithner’s five years as president of the New…

  New York Times, April 2009: "An examination of Mr. Geithner’s five years as president of the New York Fed, an era of unbridled and ultimately disastrous risk-taking by the financial industry, shows that he forged unusually close relationships with executives of Wall Street’s giant financial institutions. His actions, as a regulator and later a Read more…

Gustav Landauer: The State is a condition, a certain relationship between human beings, a mode of human behavior; we d…

"The State is a condition, a certain relationship between human beings, a mode of human behavior; we destroy it by contracting other relationships, by behaving differently."  

Ray Scott: The interstate and international competition for jobs creates a destructive race to the bottom–on wa…

The interstate and international competition for jobs creates a destructive race to the bottom–on wages, tax fairness, environmental protections, and even democratic rule– as progressives has long argued. Corporation use exit threats or dangling the possibility of new plants to keep wages low, eliminate or mnimize their taxes, and win exemptions from real enforcement of Read more…

Dick Cheney: By 2010, we will need on the order of an additional 50 million barrels a day. So where is the oil goi…

"By 2010, we will need on the order of an additional 50 million barrels a day. So where is the oil going to come from? Governments and national oil companies are obviously controlling about 90 percent of the assets. Oil remains fundamentally a government business. While many regions of the world offer great oil opportunities, Read more…

The White Rose: We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience….

We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience.

Mamet David: In a morally bankrupt time we can change the habit of coercive and frightened action and substitute i…

In a morally bankrupt time we can change the habit of coercive and frightened action and substitute it for the habit of trust, self-reliance, and cooperation.

Kafka Franz: One always has the alternative of ignoring and choosing not to participate in the sufferings of other…

One always has the alternative of ignoring and choosing not to participate in the sufferings of others, but that in so doing one commits oneself to the only suffering that one could have avoided.

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