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John-Fred Foster-Magdoo: Having lost any meaningful roots in society, orthodox neoclassical economics, which presented itself …

Having lost any meaningful roots in society, orthodox neoclassical economics, which presented itself as a single paradigm, became a discipline dominated by largely meaningless abstractions, mechanical models, formal methodologies, and mathematical language, divorced from historical developments. It was anything but a science of the real world; rather its chief importance lay in its role as Read more…

MARYLA HUSYT FINKELSTEIN: Some people are beasts, and there’s nothing to be done with them. But what about the silence of every…

Some people are beasts, and there’s nothing to be done with them. But what about the silence of everyone else? That I cannot understand.

John Dewey: I believe that education which does not occur through forms of life, or that are worth living for the…

I believe that education which does not occur through forms of life, or that are worth living for their own sake, is always a poor substitute for the genuine reality and tends to cramp and to deaden. I believe that much of present education fails because it neglects this fundamental principle of the school as Read more…

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very si…

"Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply. Primarily this is because the rulers of the exchange of mankind’s goods have failed, through their own stubbornness and their own incompetence, have admitted their failure, and abdicated. Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted Read more…

Michael Polanyi: Thus will the active mind avail itself of ever new opportunities to undergo a change that will make i…

"Thus will the active mind avail itself of ever new opportunities to undergo a change that will make it more satisfying to it’s modified self."  and .."the shaping of knowledge is achieved by pouring ourselves into new forms of existence…"

M. Gandhi: Be the change you want to see….

"Be the change you want to see."

Rev. Lowery: Black will not go back, brown will stick around, yellow will be mellow, red man will get ahead man, a…

Black will not go back, brown will stick around, yellow will be mellow, red man will get ahead man, and white will embrace what is right.

P.D. James: The world is changed not by the self-regarding, but by men and women prepared to makes fools out of t…

The world is changed not by the self-regarding, but by men and women prepared to makes fools out of themselves.

Bertrand Russell: Those who have the ability to think and the imagination to think in accordance with men’s needs, are …

Those who have the ability to think and the imagination to think in accordance with men’s needs, are likely to achieve the good they aim at sooner or later, though probably not while they are still alive.

Tennesse Williams: I’m not sentimental about writers. But I’m inclined to think that most writers, and most …

I’m not sentimental about writers. But I’m inclined to think that most writers, and most other artists, too, are primarily motivated in their desperate vocations by a desire to find and separate truth from the complex of lies and evasions that they live in, and I think that this impulse is what makes their work Read more…

John Steinbeck: It has always seemed strange to me…The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, …

It has always seemed strange to me…The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they Read more…

Jane Addams: Social advance depends as much upon the process through which it is secured as upon the result itself…

Social advance depends as much upon the process through which it is secured as upon the result itself.

Quentin Crisp: Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are….

Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are.

Sen. Max Baucus: We’re constituted differently than European countries with single-payer systems, adding, There’s more…

"We’re constituted differently than European countries" with single-payer systems, adding, "There’s more of an entrepreneurial sense" in the U.S.  Sen. Max Baucus:"We’re constituted differently than European countries and Canada. We’re younger [actually, 232 years] than other countries [Canada is 141 years]. We need a uniquely American result. And that will be a public/private hybrid.  

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Paul Krugman: When I read recent remarks on financial policy by top Obama administration officials, I feel as if I&…

When I read recent remarks on financial policy by top Obama administration officials, I feel as if I’ve entered a time warp — as if it’s still 2005, Alan Greenspan is still the Maestro, and bankers are still heroes of capitalism.   “We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Out of the same back-ground came three major things: fascism, Bolshevism, and corporate tyranny….

Out of the same back-ground came three major things: fascism, Bolshevism, and corporate tyranny.

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Robin Hahnel: Unfortunately, for all its emphasis on class analysis, Marxism blinded many fighting against the econ…

Unfortunately, for all its emphasis on class analysis, Marxism blinded many fighting against the economics of competition and greed to important antagonisms between the working class and the new, professional managerial, or coordinator class.

Erich Fromm: The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact tha…

The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make these people sane. 

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

The twentieth century has been charactorized 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. 

Lewis Mumford:  Most ethical philosophies have sought to isolate and standardize the goods of life, and to make…

 “Most ethical philosophies have sought to isolate and standardize the goods of life, and to make one or another set of purposes supreme.  They have looked upon pleasure or social efficiency or duty, upon imperturbability or rationality or self-annihilation as the chief crown of a disciplined and cultivated spirit.  This effort to whittle down valuable Read more…

Richard Dyer: HEGEMONY – The expression of the interests and world-views of a particular social group or class, so …

HEGEMONY – The expression of the interests and world-views of a particular social group or class, so expressed as to pass for the interest and worldview of the whole of society.

Thomas Frank: …It is so obviously preferable to be part of the movement that doesn’t compromise easily than to de…

…It is so obviously preferable to be part of the movement that doesn’t compromise easily than to depend on the one that has developed a cult of the almighty center. Even a conservative as ham-handed as former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay seems to understand this. As he recounted in his 2007 memoirs, Republicans under Read more…

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Howard Zinn: Truth has a power of its own.Art has a power of its own.That age old lesson – that everything w…

“Truth has a power of its own. Art has a power of its own. That age old lesson – that everything we do matters – is the meaning of The people’s struggle here in the United States and everywhere. A poem can inspire a movement. A pamphlet can spark a revolution.”   Howard Zinn A Read more…

Hunter Thompson:  When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro…

 When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro

Greek Anarchists: We wear hoods not for the love of destruction but for the desire to take our life in our hands. To bu…

We wear hoods not for the love of destruction but for the desire to take our life in our hands. To build upon the grave of commodities and powers a different society. A society where everybody will decide collectively in general meetings of schools, universities, workplaces and neighbourhoods, about everything that concerns us, without the Read more…

The Athens Workers: Don’t listen to any political organization (either anarchists or anyone). Do what you need to. Trust …

"Don’t listen to any political organization (either anarchists or anyone). Do what you need to. Trust people, not abstract schemes and ideas. Trust your direct relations with people. Trust your friends; make as many people as possible in your struggle–your people."

A Greek Anarchist: A Greek blogger wrote this week: We have a duty to move here, there, anywhere but back to our couches…

A Greek blogger wrote this week: "We have a duty to move here, there, anywhere but back to our couches as mere viewers of history, back home to the warmth that freezes our conscience."

Aldous Huxley:  And it seems to me perfectly in the cards that there will be within the next generation or so a…

  "And it seems to me perfectly in the cards that there will be within the next generation or so a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing … a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them but Read more…

Jay Leno: Blue-collar guys who make our cars–they don’t get the bailout. But the white-collar guys on Wall Str…

"Blue-collar guys who make our cars–they don’t get the bailout. But the white-collar guys on Wall Street–they get the bailout. "You know what I think we should do? I think they should work together. I think the guys in Detroit should keep making the cars, and the guys on Wall Street should be making the Read more…

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Ian Cameron: Propaganda is to democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state…

"Propaganda is to democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state"

Lucio Magri: The old mole continues to dig, but he is blind and does not know where he is coming from or going to;…

The old mole continues to dig, but he is blind and does not know where he is coming from or going to; he digs in circles. And those who cannot or will not trust to Providence must do their best to understand him, and by doing so help him on his way.

Herman Melville: All men live enveloped in whale-lines. All are born with halters round their necks; but it is only wh…

All men live enveloped in whale-lines. All are born with halters round their necks; but it is only when caught in the swift, sudden turn of death, that mortals realize the silent, subtle, ever present perils of life.

Saint Paul: Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission,…

"Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church." –1 Corinthians 14:34-35

George Orwell: War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of t…

"War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent" – George Orwell "War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into Read more…

Theodore Roosevelt: There was a time when the limitation of government meant increasing liberty for the people. In the pr…

"There was a time when the limitation of government meant increasing liberty for the people. In the present day, the limitation of governmental power, of governmental action, means the enslavement of the people by the great corporations." –Teddy Roosevelt, 1912

Karl Marx: The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the op…

The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.

H. G. Wells: With an immense zest… they begin shopping. …They plunge into it as one plunges into a career; as …

With an immense zest… they begin shopping. …They plunge into it as one plunges into a career; as a class they talk, think and dream possessions.

Gertrude Stein: Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really very frightening….

Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really very frightening.

Bertrand Russell: Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin — more even than death…. Tho…

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin — more even than death…. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, Read more…

Erich Fromm: Alienation as we find it in modern society is almost total: it pervades the relationship of man to hi…

“Alienation as we find it in modern society is almost total: it pervades the relationship of man to his work, to the things he consumes, to the state, to his fellow man, and to himself. Man has created a world of man-made things as it never existed before. He has constructed a complex social machine Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The ideas of the overwhelming majority of the population, who don’t attend Harvard, Princeton, …

"The ideas of the overwhelming majority of the population, who don’t attend Harvard, Princeton, Oxford and Cambridge, enable them to react like human beings, as they often do. There is a lesson there for activists. "

Lewis Mumford: “But for those of us who have thrown off the myth of the machine, the next move is ours: for the gat…

“But for those of us who have thrown off the myth of the machine, the next move is ours: for the gates of the technocratic prison will open automatically, despite their rusty ancient hinges, as soon as we choose to walk out.”

Martin Luther King: Modern psychology has a word that is probably used more than other …

"Modern psychology has a word that is probably used more than other word in psychology. It is the word "maladjusted." Certainly we all want to live the well-adjusted life in order to avoid neurotic and schizophrenic personalities. But I must honestly say to you tonight, my friends, that there are some things in our nation Read more…

Neil Postman: What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reas…

"What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would Read more…

Lucy Parsons: There is an innate spring of healthy action in every human being who has not been crushed and pinched…

There is an innate spring of healthy action in every human being who has not been crushed and pinched by poverty and drudgery from before his birth, that impels him onward and upward. He cannot be idle, if he would; it is as natural for him to develop, expand, and use the powers within him Read more…

Emma Goldman: Marriage and love have nothing in common; they are as far apart as the poles; they are, in fact, anta…

Marriage and love have nothing in common; they are as far apart as the poles; they are, in fact, antagonistic to each other.

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Arundhati Roy: Nationalism of one kind or another was the cause of most of the genocide of the twentieth century. Fl…

"Nationalism of one kind or another was the cause of most of the genocide of the twentieth century. Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people’s brains and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead."

Douglas Rushkoff: Brands were invented primarily to replace local commerce and social activity with mass produced goods…

Brands were invented primarily to replace local commerce and social activity with mass produced goods and corporate-provided services. Brand mythologies alienate people from one another and insert themselves in the place of real relationships. Instead of buying meat, corn, drugs, or soap from local producers, we buy them from A&P, Green Giant, Wal-Mart or P&G. Read more…

George Orwell: At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed all right-thinking peo…

"At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to state this or that or the other, but it is “not done”… Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely Read more…

Michel Foucault: The role of history will, then, be to show that laws deceive, that kings wear masks, that power creat…

The role of history will, then, be to show that laws deceive, that kings wear masks, that power creates illusions, and that historians tell lies.

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