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Sudhanva Deshpande: Is the act of creating consent for a genocidal regime any less criminal than carrying out other dutie…

Is the act of creating consent for a genocidal regime any less criminal than carrying out other duties of state?

Oliver Wendell Holmes: No generalization is wholly true, not even this one. …

No generalization is wholly true, not even this one.

: We are not fond of mass suicide, but we want the right to resist occupation and injustice. Then the m…

We are not fond of mass suicide, but we want the right to resist occupation and injustice. Then the moment we say ‘resist’, the Israelis pull out the word ‘terrorist’–so a child with a stone becomes the ‘legitimate’ target for Israeli sniper fire and a high velocity bullet.

Paul Wolfowitz: I think all foreigners should stop interfering in the internal affairs of Iraq….

I think all foreigners should stop interfering in the internal affairs of Iraq.

: I’ve lived under military occupation most of my adult life. I have been repeatedly beaten up, shot at…

I’ve lived under military occupation most of my adult life. I have been repeatedly beaten up, shot at, interrogated, [and] even imprisoned. I have seen some of my best friends killed. My next-door neighbour’s kid shot in the back. I’ve seen my daughter’s childhood totally destroyed, living in fear, being tear gassed, and living under Read more…

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Robert Jensen: On the question of which religion is true, I don’t have a dog in that fight. I’ve been a secular pers…

On the question of which religion is true, I don’t have a dog in that fight. I’ve been a secular person for as long as I can remember and have never felt the need for a faith-based belief system. I find all religions about equally interesting, and baffling. But I do have a stake in Read more…

George W. Bush: There is no greater American value than owning something….

There is no greater American value than owning something.

Latin proverb: There is often wisdom under a shaggy coat….

There is often wisdom under a shaggy coat.

Mexican proverb: Many of the wise are dressed in rags….

Many of the wise are dressed in rags.

Charles Darwin: It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most respo…

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

: I am unable to appreciate any moral, political or legal difference between this jihad by the United S…

I am unable to appreciate any moral, political or legal difference between this jihad by the United States against those it deems its enemies and the jihad by Islamic groups against those they deem to be their enemies.

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Billy Bragg: I?m looking for the great leap forwardsHere comes the future and you can?t run from itIf you?ve got a…

I?m looking for the great leap forwards Here comes the future and you can?t run from it If you?ve got a blacklist I want to be on it You can be active with the activists Or sleep in with the sleepers While you?re waiting for the great leap forwards If no one seems to understand Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: A comparison of leading beneficiaries of U.S. military assistance and the record of state terror shou…

A comparison of leading beneficiaries of U.S. military assistance and the record of state terror should shame honest people, and would, if it were not so effectively removed from the public eye.

Albert Camus: And I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice. I don’t want just any greatn…

And I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice. I don’t want just any greatness for it, particularly a greatness born of blood and falsehood. I want to keep it alive by keeping justice alive.

Johnny Cash: I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down/Livin’ in the hopeless, hungry side of town…

I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down/Livin’ in the hopeless, hungry side of town

Arnold Schwarzenegger: A certain amount of people are meant ot be in control. Ninety-five percent of the people have to be …

A certain amount of people are meant ot be in control. Ninety-five percent of the people have to be told what to do, have to be given orders.

Mark Van Doren: The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery….

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.

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Noam Chomsky: Because they don?t teach the truth about the world, schools have to rely on beating students over the…

Because they don?t teach the truth about the world, schools have to rely on beating students over the head with propaganda about democracy. If schools were, in reality, democratic, there would be no need to bombard students with platitudes about democracy. They would simply act and behave democratically, and we know this does not happen. Read more…

Twain Mark: Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will …

Statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for Read more…

George Polya: A great discovery solves a great problem but there is a grain of discovery in the solution of any pro…

A great discovery solves a great problem but there is a grain of discovery in the solution of any problem. Your problem may be modest; but if it challenges your curiosity and brings into play your inventive faculties, and if you solve it by your own means, you may experience the tension and enjoy the Read more…

Billy Childish: Artists of today would be horrified if they had to create to the demands of church or state yet they …

Artists of today would be horrified if they had to create to the demands of church or state yet they are quite happy to kow-tow to the demands of a gallery, a critic or especially an advertising agency for the promotion of alcohol–

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Arundhati Roy: In the midst of putative peace, a writer can, like I did, be unfortunate enough to stumble on a silen…

In the midst of putative peace, a writer can, like I did, be unfortunate enough to stumble on a silent war. The trouble is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out.

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Arundhati Roy: Democracy, the modern world’s Holy Cow, is in crisis. And the crisis is a profound one. Every kind …

Democracy, the modern world’s Holy Cow, is in crisis. And the crisis is a profound one. Every kind of outrage is being committed in the name of democracy. It has become little more than a hollow word, a pretty shell emptied of all content, all meaning. It can be whatever you want it to be. Read more…

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Arundhati Roy: We have to support our small heroes. (Of these we have many. Many.) We have to fight specific wars in…

We have to support our small heroes. (Of these we have many. Many.) We have to fight specific wars in specific ways. Who knows, perhaps that’s what the 21st century has in store for us. The dismantling of the Big. Big bombs, big dams, big ideologies, big contradictions, big countries, big wars, big heroes, big Read more…

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Norman Solomon: [S]cattered islands of independent-minded reporting are lost in oceans of the stenographic reliance o…

[S]cattered islands of independent-minded reporting are lost in oceans of the stenographic reliance on official sources.

: I don?t want brave men, they?re no good to me, all they do is go and give up their lives and weapons …

I don?t want brave men, they?re no good to me, all they do is go and give up their lives and weapons to the enemy. I want those who are afraid, who shake with fear because they take greater care not to get killed. Those who save themselves and their rifles are the ones I Read more…

Peter Kropotkin: In the animal world we have seen that the vast majority of species live in societies, and that they f…

In the animal world we have seen that the vast majority of species live in societies, and that they find in association the best arms for the struggle for life: understood, of course, in its wide Darwinian sense — not as a struggle for the sheer means of existence, but as a struggle against all Read more…

Ella J. Baker: The thrust is to try and develop leadership out of the group…you’re organizing people to be self-su…

The thrust is to try and develop leadership out of the group…you’re organizing people to be self-sufficient rather than to be dependent upon the charismatic leader. This I have never been able to cope with. I have questions about the long-range effectiveness of big demonstrations…the most important thing was, and still is in my mind, Read more…

Helen Luu: Genuine anti-racist work involves building alliances and working in solidarity with people of colour;…

Genuine anti-racist work involves building alliances and working in solidarity with people of colour; it means understanding the ways that unequal power relations manifests itself in all settings (including activist ones) and how it works to oppress some while privileging others; it means looking to people of colour as leaders, and not as mere tokens Read more…

Ella J. Baker: I have always thought that what is needed is the development of people who are interested not in bein…

I have always thought that what is needed is the development of people who are interested not in being leaders as much as in developing leadership in others.

Ella J. Baker: The struggle is eternal. The tribe increases. Somebody else carries on….

The struggle is eternal. The tribe increases. Somebody else carries on.

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon: Originally, the word property was synonymous with proper or individual possession. But when this righ…

Originally, the word property was synonymous with proper or individual possession. But when this right of use became active and paramount; that is, when the usufructuary converted his right to personally use the thing into the right to use it by his neighbour’s labour, then property changed its nature and this idea became complex.

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon: The proprietor, the robber, the hero, the sovereign – for all these titles are synonymous – imposes h…

The proprietor, the robber, the hero, the sovereign – for all these titles are synonymous – imposes his will as law, and suffers neither contradiction nor control; that is, he pretends to be the legislative and the executive power at once… [and so] property engenders despotism. That is so clearly the essence of property that, Read more…

Mikhail Bakunin: We are convinced that freedom without Socialism is privilege and injustice, and that Socialism withou…

We are convinced that freedom without Socialism is privilege and injustice, and that Socialism without freedom is slavery and brutality.

Leo Tolstoy: …[A]pologies for violence used against one’s neighbor in defense of another neighbor from greater v…

…[A]pologies for violence used against one’s neighbor in defense of another neighbor from greater violence are always untrustworthy, because when force is used against one who has not yet carried out his evil intent, I can never know which will be greater–the evil of my act of violence or of the act I want to Read more…

Leo Tolstoy: We kill the criminal that society may be rid of him, and we never know whether the criminal of to-day…

We kill the criminal that society may be rid of him, and we never know whether the criminal of to-day would not have been a changed man to-morrow, and whether our punishment of him is not useless cruelty. We shut up the dangerous–as we think–member of society, but the next day this man might cease Read more…

David Suzuki: Our own children have become the canaries in the coal mine….

Our own children have become the canaries in the coal mine.

Peter Kropotkin: Where there is authority, there is no freedom.– written on black banners that were carried by anarch…

Where there is authority, there is no freedom. — written on black banners that were carried by anarchists at Peter Kropotkin’s funeral; February 13th, 1921.

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Arundhati Roy: [P]ublic opinion in free market democracies is manufactured just like any other mass market product ?…

[P]ublic opinion in free market democracies is manufactured just like any other mass market product ? soap, switches, or sliced bread. We know that while, legally and constitutionally, speech may be free, the space in which that freedom can be exercised has been snatched from us and auctioned to the highest bidders. Neoliberal capitalism isn’t Read more…

Paulo Freire: We make the road by walking….

We make the road by walking.

Woody Guthrie: I ain’t a Communist necessarily, but I been in the red all my life….

I ain’t a Communist necessarily, but I been in the red all my life.

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Howard Zinn: A bit of historical perspective reminds us that governments which seem to be in total control, of gun…

A bit of historical perspective reminds us that governments which seem to be in total control, of guns, of money, of the minds of the population, find that all their power is futile against the power of an aroused citizenry. The leaders awake one morning to see a million angry people in the streets of Read more…

: Certain foreign newspapers have said that we fell on Austria with brutal methods. I can only say; ev…

Certain foreign newspapers have said that we fell on Austria with brutal methods. I can only say; even in death they cannot stop lying. I have in the course of my political struggle won much love from my people, but when I crossed the former frontier [into Austria] there met me such a stream of Read more…

Charles Payne: Overemphasizing the [civil rights] movement’s more dramatic features, we undervalue the patient and s…

Overemphasizing the [civil rights] movement’s more dramatic features, we undervalue the patient and sustained effort, the slow, respectful work, that made the dramatic moments possible.

Martin Luther King: We must recognize that we can’t solve our problems now until there is a radical redistribution of eco…

We must recognize that we can’t solve our problems now until there is a radical redistribution of economic and political power….[What is required is] a radical restructuring of the architecture of American society.

: Our assertion of Title to the land derives from our understanding and belonging to this land. It mean…

Our assertion of Title to the land derives from our understanding and belonging to this land. It means we have a right to live here with dignity. It does not mean we own the land. Try owning the Earth, the sand, the waters, and it will run right through your fingers. No legal system can Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Nobody is going to pour truth in your brain. It’s something you have to find out yourself….

Nobody is going to pour truth in your brain. It’s something you have to find out yourself.

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Harsha Walia: Displacement, migration and race are intertwined phenomenon, almost inseparably, from the colour-line…

Displacement, migration and race are intertwined phenomenon, almost inseparably, from the colour-line to the border-line. The majority of displaced throughout the world are indigenous peoples in the settler states of North America, Australia and New Zealand or from communities of colour in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa. Today an estimated 150 million people Read more…

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Tim Wise: People of color, on the other hand, constantly have to answer for the whole. So when Jesse Jackson w…

People of color, on the other hand, constantly have to answer for the whole. So when Jesse Jackson was running for President, everyone wanted to know his views on black crime, out-of-wedlock childbirths in the black community, and whether or not he would distance himself from Louis Farrakhan. Yet I can’t recall a single white Read more…

Dick Gregory: I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after da…

I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark.

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