"It’s better to fail your way than to succeed their way."
"He who looks outward dreams. He who looks inward, awakens."
"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose— especially their lives."
"There is no flag large enough to cover the same of killing innocent people."
"Men who have no respect for life or freedom or justice have taken over this beautiful country of ours. Now it is up to the American people to take it back."
"I’ve had hours, years murdered working for other men for their benefit."
"One spark can start a forest fire."
"Democracy fails to work for the same reason poetry fails: it’s seldom truly presented as to what it coulc actually be."
"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."
We will export death and violence to the four corners of the earth in defense of our great nation.
This hospital a pious person built But first he made the poor wherewith to fill’t.
If seeing is believing, then living is appalling
John Steinbeck eulogizes his recently deceased friend, Ed Ricketts: I have tried to isolate and inspect the great talent that was in Ed Ricketts, that made him so loved and needed and makes him so missed now that he is dead. Certainly he was an interesting and charming man, but there was some other quality Read more…
"Since each of us are multiple, we are already quite a crowd" – Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus.
The world is pretty awful today, but it is far better than yesterday.
For it is not enough to recognize that all our knowledge is, in a greater or less degree, uncertain and vague; it is necessary, at the same time, to learn to act upon the best hypothesis without dogmatically believing it.
A democrat need not believe that the majority will always decide wisely; what he must believe is that the decision of the majority, whether wise or unwise, must be accepted until such time as the majority decides otherwise. And this he believes not from any mystic conception of the wisdom of the plain man, but as Read more…
Of all the tyrannies of human kind, The worst is that which persecutes the mind; For spite of man’s consent or man’s decree, A right to life is right to liberty. John Dryden (1631-1700)
To define yourself, ultimately, by what you’re not, is a pathetic and heartbreaking thing. It is to stand denuded before a culture (whiteness) that has stolen your birthright, or rather, convinced you to give it up. And the costs are formidable, beginning with the emptiness whites so often feel when confronted by multiculturalism and the Read more…
The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.
Uncertainty, in the presence of vivid hopes and fears, is painful, but must be endured if we wish to live without the support of comforting fairy tales. . .to teach how to live without certainty, and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can still do Read more…
As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth. Our reason and our will will be equally annulled. As long as we believe that we must unconditionally obey – and vis-a-vis God, no other obedience is possible – we must of necessity passively submit, without the least reservation, to the holy Read more…
Ages of prolonged uncertainty, while they are compatible with the highest degree of saintliness in a few, are inimical to the prosaic every-day virtues of respectable citizens. There seems no use in thrift, when tomorrow all your savings may be dissipated; no advantage in honesty, when the man towards whom you practice it is pretty sure Read more…
All our knowledge–past, present and future–is nothing compared to what we will never know.
In proportion as weakness and ignorance shall diminish, the basis of government will also decay.
“We [the United States] have about 50 percent of the world’s wealth, but only 6.3 percent of its population… in this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationship which will permit us to maintain this position Read more…
"And by anarchist spirit I mean that deeply human sentiment, which aims at the good of all, freedom and justice for all, solidarity and love among the people; which is not an exclusive characteristic only of self-declared anarchists, but inspires all people who have a generous heart and an open mind…"
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 habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks Read more…
People buy things they don’t want, with money they don’t have, to impress people they don’t like
There’s a certain instinct that a worker has, much more so than some candy-assed storeowner. He understands who’s scewing him, but he doesn’t understand how to get unscrewed
Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education
All who are not lunatics are agreed about certain things. That it is better to be alive than dead, better to be adequately fed than starved, better to be free than a slave. Many people desire those things only for themselves and their friends; they are quite content that their enemies should suffer. These people Read more…
Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate
A good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge
The familiar notion of planning is that done by experts, with scientific knowledge. We have seen the results of that rational planning: tower blocks, food additives, valium–the list of horrors is endless
The justice yet the uselessness of my complaints left in my mind the seeds of indignation against our foolish civil institutions, whereby the real welfare of the public and true justice are always sacrificed to an apparent order, which is in reality subversive of all order, and of which the only effect is to bestow Read more…
We who have a Voice must be a Voice for the Voiceless!
Equality, because without it there can be no liberty
I never would believe that Providence had sent a few rich men into the world, ready booted and spurred to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden
It was too successful. What were we going to do with the supervisors – the managers? We didn’t need them anymore. Management decided that it didn’t want operators that qualified. The employees’ newly revealed ability to carry more responsibility was too great a threat to the established way of doing things and to established power Read more…
The ancients worried about the moods of the skies,mountains, seas, and forests. We’re placating a pavement
There is no way of keeping profits up but by keeping wages down
When someone with the authority of a teacher, say, describes the world and you are not in it, there is a moment of psychic disequilibrium, as if you looked into a mirror and saw nothing. Yet you know you exist and others like you, that this is a game with mirrors. It takes some strength Read more…
If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living
Laws: We know what they are, and what they are worth! They are spider webs for the rich and mighty, steel chains for the poor and weak, fishing nets in the hands of government
The newspapers are the cemeteries of ideas
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from mistaken conviction
He tried to read an elementary economics text; it bored him past endurance, it was like listening to somebody interminably recounting a long and stupid dream. He could not force himself to understand how banks functioned and so forth, because all the operations of capitalism were as meaningless to him as the rites of a Read more…
Disciples do own onto masters only a temporary belief and a suspension of their own judgement until they be fully instructed, and not an absolute resignation or perpetual captivity
We are at war, and that war is not simply a hot debate between the capitalist camp and the socialist camp over which economic/political/social arrangement will have hegemony in the world. It’s not just the battle over turf and who has the right to utilize resources for whomsover’s benfit. The war is also being fought Read more…