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Ella Baker: Anytime you continue to carry on the same kind of organization you say you are fighting against, you …

Anytime you continue to carry on the same kind of organization you say you are fighting against, you can’t prove to me that you have made any change in your thinking.

Paulo Freire: To teach is not to transfer knowledge but to create the possibility for the production or constructio…

To teach is not to transfer knowledge but to create the possibility for the production or construction of knowledge.

Prathia Hall: We’d sit sometimes and rock on the porch for hours. Our intention was to finally convince a person t…

We’d sit sometimes and rock on the porch for hours. Our intention was to finally convince a person to go and register. But we’d sit and we’d listen, and we’d listen to the person talk about survival and talk about families…I think some of the most important lessons I learned were on the porches of Read more…

Paulo Freire: The importance of silence in the context of communication is fundamental….It is intolerable to see …

The importance of silence in the context of communication is fundamental….It is intolerable to see teachers who give themselves the right to behave as if they own the truth….[T]he democratic-minded teacher who learns to speak by listening is interrupted by the intermittent silence of his or her own capacity to listen, waiting for that voice Read more…

George Orwell: Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder more respectable, and to give a…

Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder more respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

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Jonathan Schell: We prepare for our extinction in order to ensure our survival.ÿ If our species does destroy itself…

We prepare for our extinction in order to ensure our survival.ÿ If our species does destroy itself, it will be a death in the cradle-a case of infant mortality.

Albert Einstein: It seems to be a universal fact that minorities-especially when the individuals composing them are di…

It seems to be a universal fact that minorities-especially when the individuals composing them are distinguished by physical peculiarities-are treated by the majorities among whom they live as an inferior order of beings. The tragedy of such a fate lies not merely in the unfair treatment to which these minorities are automatically subjected in social Read more…

Leo Tolstoy: In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, indep…

In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful.

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Noam Chomsky: If you go to one demonstration and then go home, that’s something, but the people in power can live w…

If you go to one demonstration and then go home, that’s something, but the people in power can live with that.ÿ What they can’t live with is sustained pressure that keeps building, organisations that keep doing things, people that keep learning lessons from the last time and doing it better the next time.

Brigadier-General Smedley Butler: Why don’t those damn oil companies fly their own flags on their personal property-maybe a flag with a…

Why don’t those damn oil companies fly their own flags on their personal property-maybe a flag with a gas pump on it.

Amartya Sen: Sometimes the lack of substantive freedoms relates directly to economic poverty, which robs people of…

Sometimes the lack of substantive freedoms relates directly to economic poverty, which robs people of the freedom to satisfy hunger; or to achieve sufficient nutrition, or to obtain remedies for treatable illnesses or the opportunity to be adequatley clothed or sheltered, or to enjoy clean water or sanitary facilities. In other cases, the unfreedom links Read more…

Gustavo Gutierrez: Latin American misery and injustice go too deep to be responsive to palliatives.ÿ Hence we speak o…

Latin American misery and injustice go too deep to be responsive to palliatives.ÿ Hence we speak of social revolution, not reform; of liberation, not development; of socialism, not modernization of the prevailing system.ÿ Realists call these statements romantic and utopian.ÿ And they should, for the reality of these statements is of a kind quite unfamiliar Read more…

Gustavo Gutierrez: But the poor person does not exist as an inescapable fact of destiny.ÿ His or her existence is not…

But the poor person does not exist as an inescapable fact of destiny.ÿ His or her existence is not politically neutral, and it is not ethically innocent.ÿ The poor are a by-product of the system in which we live and for which we are responsible.ÿ They are marginalized by our social and cultural world.ÿ They Read more…

Leonardo and Clodovis Boff: We have to observe that the socioeconomically oppressed (the poor) do not simply exist alongside othe…

We have to observe that the socioeconomically oppressed (the poor) do not simply exist alongside other oppressed groups, such as blacks, indigenous peoples, women–to take the three major categories in the Third World.ÿ No, the class-oppressed–the socioeconomically poor–are the infrastructural expression of the process of oppression.ÿ The other groups represent superstructural expressions of oppression and Read more…

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Eduardo Galeano: Where do people earn the Per Capita Income?ÿ More than one poor starving soul would like to know.?…

Where do people earn the Per Capita Income?ÿ More than one poor starving soul would like to know.ÿ In our countries, numbers live better than people.ÿ How many people prosper in times of prosperity?ÿ How many people find their lives developed by development?

Bertolt Brecht: The headlong stream is termed violent/But the river bed hemming it in is/Termed violent by no one./Th…

The headlong stream is termed violent/But the river bed hemming it in is/Termed violent by no one./The storm that bends the birch trees/Is held to be violent/But how about the storm/That bends the backs of the roadworkers?/

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Paul Farmer: If assaults on dignity are anything but random in distribution or course, whose interests are served …

If assaults on dignity are anything but random in distribution or course, whose interests are served by the suggestion that they are haphazard?

Leonardo and Clodovis Boff: Reformism seeks to improve the situation of the poor, but always within existing social relationships…

Reformism seeks to improve the situation of the poor, but always within existing social relationships and the basic structuring of society, which rules out greater participation by all and dimunition in the privileges enjoyed by the ruling classes.ÿ Reformism can lead to great feats of development in the poorer nations, but this development is nearly Read more…

: Of all of the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhumane. …

Of all of the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhumane.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Let us honestly state the facts. Our America has a bad name for superficialness. Great men, great n…

Let us honestly state the facts. Our America has a bad name for superficialness. Great men, great nations have not been boasters and buffoons, but perceivers of the terror of life, and have manned themselves to face it.

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Eduardo Galeano: Our system is one of detachment: to keep silenced people from asking questions, to keep the judged fr…

Our system is one of detachment: to keep silenced people from asking questions, to keep the judged from judging, to keep solitary people from joining together, and the soul from putting together its pieces.

John Womack Jr.: As hard as concerned Americans have had to strain to understand the Zapatista revolt and its confusin…

As hard as concerned Americans have had to strain to understand the Zapatista revolt and its confusing and sorrowful aftermath, we will have to work harder to understand Mexican issues in the future. Our problem is not merely the media, or our notorious inability to learn another language. It is our entire evasive and mendacious Read more…

Al Sharpton: We’ve gotten to an era where people are muich more subtle and more manicured. Jim Crow is now James …

We’ve gotten to an era where people are muich more subtle and more manicured. Jim Crow is now James Crow, Jr., Esquire.

: Drunk with power, we (the U.S.) are leading the world to hell in a new colonialism with the same old …

Drunk with power, we (the U.S.) are leading the world to hell in a new colonialism with the same old human slavery, which once ruined us, to a third world war, which will ruin the world.

Antonio Machado: Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more/Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made …

Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more/ Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking.

Martin Luther King: Whenever this issue of compensatory or preferential treatment for the Negro is raised, some of our fr…

Whenever this issue of compensatory or preferential treatment for the Negro is raised, some of our friends recoil in horror. The Negro should be granted equality, they agree, but he should ask for nothing more. On the surface, this appears reasonable, but it is not realistic. For it is obvious that if a man enters Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: The revolution, in general, is no longer imagined according to socialist patterns of realism, that is…

The revolution, in general, is no longer imagined according to socialist patterns of realism, that is, as men and women stoically marching behind a red waving flag towards a luminous future. Rather, it has become a sort of carnival.

Martin Luther King: A society that has done something special against the Negro for hundreds of years must now do somethi…

A society that has done something special against the Negro for hundreds of years must now do something special for him in order to equip him to compete on a just and equal basis.

Mikhail Bakunin: The organization and rule of society by socialist savants is the worst of all despotic governments. …

The organization and rule of society by socialist savants is the worst of all despotic governments. The people will feel no better if the stick with which they are being beaten is labelled ‘the people’s stick.’

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Noam Chomsky: [Freedom in America] was not a gift; it’s not because it was written in the Constitution. Up to the …

[Freedom in America] was not a gift; it’s not because it was written in the Constitution. Up to the 1920s, the United States was very repressive, probably more so than England. The great breakthrough was in 1964 when the law of seditious libel was eliminated. This, in effect, made it a crime to condemn authority. Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Of course, every imperialist power has argued that its control was preferable to the lawlessness and …

Of course, every imperialist power has argued that its control was preferable to the lawlessness and immorality that would ensue were it to permit local political solutions. And it is conceivable that in some instances American occupation may have prevented bloodshed, as it is conceivable that converting the United States into a Chinese colony might Read more…

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Tim Wise: After all, the history of white America has been a history of affirmative action; one in which we rec…

After all, the history of white America has been a history of affirmative action; one in which we received non-stop preferential treatment and continue to do so. Yet do those who shed crocodile tears over the stigmatizing effects of affirmative action for people of color likewise argue that whites who benefit from preferences, or have Read more…

Bill Vaughan: If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it’s another nonconformist who …

If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it’s another nonconformist who doesn’t conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.

Peter Kropotkin: In the practice of mutual aid, which we can retrace to the earliest beginnings of evolution, we thus …

In the practice of mutual aid, which we can retrace to the earliest beginnings of evolution, we thus find the positive and undoubted origin of our ethical conceptions; and we affirm that in the ethical progress of man, mutual support – not mutual struggle – has had the leading part. In its wide extension, even Read more…

Albert Szent Gyorgi: Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. …

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

Burmese proverb: What is difficult to understand place before you/What is easy to understand place behind you …

What is difficult to understand place before you/What is easy to understand place behind you

: Years of trial and anxiety, of danger and struggle, have alone maintained the existence of the Cherok…

Years of trial and anxiety, of danger and struggle, have alone maintained the existence of the Cherokee people as a distinct community; and such must continue to be the case, if we would live as men ourselves.

Tecumseh: Sell a country! Why not sell the air, the great sea, as well as the earth? Did not the Great Spirit…

Sell a country! Why not sell the air, the great sea, as well as the earth? Did not the Great Spirit make them all for the use of his children?

Katrina vanden Heuvel: These are times when what used to be called liberal is now called radical; what used to be called rad…

These are times when what used to be called liberal is now called radical; what used to be called radical is now called insane; what used to be called reactionary is now called moderate; and what used to be called insane is now called solid, neo-conservative thinking. —–Katrina vanden Heuvel

Native American saying: We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. …

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

Ani Difranco: What a waste of thumbs that are opposable/ to make machines that are disposable And sell them to seag…

What a waste of thumbs that are opposable/ to make machines that are disposable And sell them to seagulls flying in circles/ Around one big right wing Yes, the left wing was broken long ago/ By the slingshot of COINTELPRO And now it’s hard to have faith in anything/ Especially your next bold move

Mario A. Bunge: People who are able to take the social mechanism apart in theory may wish to change it in practice an…

People who are able to take the social mechanism apart in theory may wish to change it in practice and, – what is more dangerous for those who live on the persistence of fossil social forms – such men may even succeed in their attempt.

Che Guevara: Like everyone, I wanted to succeed. I dreamed of becoming a famous medical research scientist; I drea…

Like everyone, I wanted to succeed. I dreamed of becoming a famous medical research scientist; I dreamed of working indefatigably to discover something which would be used to help humanity, but which signified a personal triumph for me. I was, as we all are, a child of my environment. After graduation, due to special circumstances Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: We should know that only replacing the economics of competition and greed with the economics of equit…

We should know that only replacing the economics of competition and greed with the economics of equitable cooperation will guarantee a globalization that takes advantage of potential efficiency gains in ways that also promote environmental protection, international equity, economic democracy, and variety.

John Dewey: Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another….

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.

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Robin Hahnel: Recognizing that the current form of globalization is nothing more than a generalized downward leveli…

Recognizing that the current form of globalization is nothing more than a generalized downward leveling in which global corporations are extracting more and more of the wealth, power, and productive energies from communities and the environment is the right approach… And knowing that in every specific battle, what we are fighting for is merely the Read more…

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Michael Albert: Capitalism is a thug’s economy, a heartless economy, a base and vile and largely boring economy. It i…

Capitalism is a thug’s economy, a heartless economy, a base and vile and largely boring economy. It is the antithesis of human fulfillment and development. It mocks equity and justice. It enshrines greed… Capitalism sucks. Does anyone seriously want to contest that?

John Dewey: The conception of education as a social process and function has no definite meaning until we define …

The conception of education as a social process and function has no definite meaning until we define the kind of society we have in mind.

Peter Kropotkin: America is just the country that shows how all the written guarantees in the world for freedom are no…

America is just the country that shows how all the written guarantees in the world for freedom are no protection against tyranny and oppression of the worst kind. There, the politician has come to be looked upon as the very scum of society.

Mahatma Gandhi: The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the…

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems

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