True words

“Rather than say God is Truth I should say Truth is God”Gandhi

 

On war and peace

 

“If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one of them would remain in the army.” – Frederick the Great

Since WW2, Earth has had 248 armed conflicts. The US started 201 of them (81%). – American Journal of public Health

“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.” – John Lennon

“War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious.” – Smedley Butler

“All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”  – George Orwell

“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.” –  Ernest Hemingway

“Stuffing the ears of men with false reports. I speak of peace, while covert enmity under the smile of safety wounds the world. – William Shakespeare

“The roots of violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principles.” – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

“If those who support aggressive war had seen a fraction of what I’ve seen, if they’d watched children fry to death from Napalm and bleed to death from a cluster bomb, they might not utter the claptrap they do”. – John Pilger

“All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.” – Alexis de Tocqueville

“We must join with the tens of millions all over the world who see in peace our most sacred responsibility.” – Paul Robeson

“When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is. Revolution is when you decide that for yourself.”  – Anon

“I’m witnessing this chronic, insidious genocide and I’m really scared, and questioning my fundamental belief in the goodness of human nature. This has to stop. I think it is a good idea for us all to drop everything and devote our lives to making this stop.” – Rachel Corrie

“He who joyfully marches to music in rank-and-file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.” – Albert Einstein

General Smedley Butler (1881-1940), one of only two Americans to win the Medal of Honor on two separate occasions, wrote:

“I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. . . . I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.” Now, of course, we’re using the gun to make the Middle East and Southeast Asia “safe for democracy.”

“Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.”
― Henry Kissinger

“Give me the money that has been spent in war and I will clothe every man, woman, and child in an attire of which kings and queens will be proud. I will build a schoolhouse in every valley over the whole earth. I will crown every hillside with a place of worship consecrated to peace”  – Charles Sumner

And give me the money spent on just one day of war and I could find the cure for several major diseases, make a device that would enable the blind to see and save the lives of most of the 21,000 children who die each day around the world.” – Fitzhenrymac

“I’m an expert in homo sapiens behavior. They can rationalize anything. Take war. They’ll bankrupt their economies, sacrifice the best of their young, unleash a bloodbath that impresses even me, at the expense of providing shelter, food, and medicine for their own people.” –  Mario Acevedo, The Undead Kama Sutra

The problem isn’t the inherent violence in the human species. It’s the inherent obedience and gullibility. – J.A. McHenry

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On isms – democracy, socialism, capitalism and fascism

“The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it.” – Edward Dowling

By “nationalism” I mean first of all the habit of assuming that human beings can be classified like insects and that whole blocks of millions or tens of millions of people can be confidently labelled “good” or “bad.” But secondly — and this is much more important — I mean the habit of identifying oneself with a single nation or other unit, placing it beyond good and evil and recognizing no other duty than that of advancing its interests. – George Orwell

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.”  Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Fascism is capitalism plus murder.” – Upton Sinclair

“All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.” – Adam Smith

“The first step in a fascist movement is the combination under an energetic leader of a number of men who possess more than the average share of leisure, brutality, and stupidity. The next step is to fascinate fools and muzzle the intelligent, by emotional excitement on the one hand and terrorism on the other.” –  Bertrand Russell

“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” – John Steinbeck

“Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms – of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival. ” – Frederick Douglass

 “. . . in America, we have achieved the Orwellian prediction – enslaved, the people have been programmed to love their bondage and are left to clutch only mirage-like images of freedom, its fables and fictions. The new slaves are linked together by vast electronic chains of television that imprison not their bodies but their minds. Their desires are programmed, their tastes manipulated, their values set for them.”  – Gerry Spence, From Freedom to Slavery.

“Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged against provisions against danger, real or pretended from abroad.” – James Madison

“The American people are free to do exactly what they are told.” -Ward Churchill

“We have a government of corporations, for corporations, by corporations.” – Pete Seeger

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any,” – Alice Walker

“Capitalism is institutionalized meanness. It is the primeval miasma manifested in greed. It is the disease that makes human beings inhumane, and it is fatal.”  – John Kozy

“Fascism itself can only be turned away if all those who are outraged by it show a commitment to social justice that equals the intensity of their indignation.” – Arundhati Roy

“To protest in the name of morality against ‘excesses’ or ‘abuses’ is an error which hints at active complicity. There are no ‘abuses’ or ‘excesses’ here, simply an all-pervasive system.” – Simone de Beauvoir

“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right.” – H.L. Mencken

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.” – Robert M. Hutchins

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” – Emma Goldman

“The western world now obeys the percepts of commerce. A bloody demanding religion,i f you ask me. The do’s and don’ts change every season and your “everyone” doesn’t want to be left out, so they rush headlong to comply. That continuous change has a function, a single aim. Maximum consumption. They want to go on milking you. From the cradle to the grave. Face it: You’re a brain washed, walking purse, a robot, the fuel multinationals run on.” – Esther Vehoef

“The population of the United States is more than 300 million and it includes some of the best and brightest that the human species has to offer, probably more so than any other country in the world. There is surely something wrong with a system for choosing a leader when, given a pool of such talent and a process that occupies more than a year and consumes billions of dollars, what rises to the top of the heap is George W Bush. Or when the likes of Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin can be mentioned as even remote possibilities.” – Richard Dawkins

“Freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of person under the protection of the habeas corpus; and trial by juries impartially selected, – these principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us” – Thomas Jefferson

“We’ve never seem democracy! All we’ve seen is hypocrisy!” – Malcolm X

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On truth

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” –  Plato

“In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

“Many people would sooner die than think. In fact they do.” – Bertrand Russell

“There are two different types of people in the world, those who want to know, and those who want to believe.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Most people don’t think; they just find the label they want and plug it into their habitual ideology.” – Bluepilgrim

“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” – Noel Coward 

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” – Gloria Steinem

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” – Desmond Tutu

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” – Voltaire

“A truth’s initial commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed. IT wasn’t the world being round that agitated people, but that the world wasn’t flat. When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous, and its speaker a raving lunatic. – Dresden James

“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human”-Aldous Huxley

“Fear can only prevail when victims are ignorant of the facts.” – Thomas Jefferson

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” – Malcolm X

“One must always try to be as radical as reality itself.” – Vladimir Lenin

“They must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as truth, rather than truth as authority.” – Gerald Massey

“Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.” – Blaise Pascal

“Hard are the ways of truth, and rough to walk.” – John Milton

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” – Max Planck

“Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.” Friedrich Nietzsche

“The time has come for America to hear the truth about this tragic war. In international conflicts, the truth is hard to come by because most nations are deceived about themselves. Rationalizations and the incessant search for scapegoats are the psychological cataracts that blind us to our sins. But the day has passed for superficial patriotism. He who lives with untruth lives in spiritual slavery.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”  –  Joseph Goebbels

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On Belief

“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.” – Frantz Fanon

“Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made.”
– Franz Kafka

“I do not believe in God, because I believe in man. Whatever his mistakes, man has for thousands of years been working to undo the botched job your god has made.”
― Emma Goldman

“We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane.” – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

“Religion is what keeps the poor man from murdering the rich”  – Napoleon Bonaparte

“All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.” Stendhal

“For seventeen hundred years the Christian sect has done nothing but harm”  – Voltaire

“No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means” – George Bernard Shaw

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”  – Seneca (Ancient Rome)

“For the first time I examined myself with a seriously practical purpose. And there I found what appalled me; a zoo of lusts, a bedlam of ambitions, a nursery of fears, a harem of fondled hatreds. My name was legion.” – C S Lewis

“The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow- witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.” – Leo Tolstoy

“What sets our species apart is not just what men will do to other men, but how tirelessly they justify it.” – William Dietrich, Napoleon’s Pyramids

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 On the media

“Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.” – Joseph Goebbels

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On disinterest in politics

“The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” – Plato

“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.” Leonardo da Vinci

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” – Albert Einstein

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people”: Martin Luther King Jr.

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”: Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.” – Robert M. Hutchins

“What no one seemed to notice. . . was the ever widening gap. . .between the government and the people. . . And it became always wider. . . the whole process of its coming into being, was above all diverting, it provided an excuse not to think for people who did not want to think anyway . . . (it) gave us some dreadful, fundamental things to think about . . .and kept us so busy with continuous changes and ‘crises’ and so fascinated . . . by the machinations of the ‘national enemies,’ without and within, that we had no time to think about these dreadful things that were growing, little by little, all around us. . .” – Milton Mayer – They Thought They Were Free – The Germans, 1933-45

“Philosophy should always know that indifference is a militant thing. It batters down the walls of cities and murders the women and children amid the flames and the purloining of altar vessels. When it goes away it leaves smoking ruins, where lie citizens bayoneted through the throat. It is not a children’s pastime like mere highway robbery.” – Stephen Crane

“Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.” – Plato

“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” – Dante Alighieri

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.” – Noam Chomsky

“If I sit silently, I have sinned.” – Mohammad Mossadegh

“I don’t want them to believe me, I just want them to think.” – Marshall McLuhan

“Didn’t anyone ever teach you how to debate. It’s supposed to go like this. I say something; you riposte with alternate evidence; I parry with some different evidence. When we get tired, we sheath our wit and intelligence and shake hands.”  – J.A. McHenry

“There is actually one thing worse than evil itself and that is indifference to evil. In human relations the nadir of morality, the lowest point as far as Christian ethics is concerned, is manifest in the phrase, I couldn’t care less.” – Joseph Fletcher

 “In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.” – Martin Niemöller

Denial by US citizens of their country’s responsibility for its heinous crimes against humanity has become a national disease. Denial, blaming others, antisemitism both Jew and Moslem, and a pathological refusal to see that America is becoming a pariah state that practices state physical and character assassination of its own and other countries citizens, war on various populations around the world, bombing of civilians, state torture and imprisonment without trial, militarization of its youth, wage slavery of its most at risk workers, state sanctioned murder when people are turned away from its hospitals . . . Stop denying the guilt that every American citizen with a conscience feels. It will be liberating.  – J A McHenry

Each one, can reach one. Each one, can teach one.  Anonymous American slave motto

Heaven forbid if the people would actually turn off the television and think. There would be a revolution tomorrow. And the rest of the world could finally live in peace and Mother Earth could reclaim her dignity. – Cynthia McKinney

“The real damage is done by those millions who want to ‘survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves-or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honour, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small. It’s the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control.

If you don’t make any noise, the bogeyman won’t find you. But it’s all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe?! From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn.” – 
Sophie Scholl – 1921 – 1943 – German student, a member of the White Rose society, a non-violent anti Nazi resistance group.

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On patriotism  

“When fascism comes to this country, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”
– Sinclair Lewis

“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”
– Howard Zinn

“The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.”  – Aldous Huxley

“America’s state religion, [is] patriotism, a phenomenon which has convinced many of the citizenry that “treason” is morally worse than murder or rape.” – William Blum

“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! – Albert Einstein

“Exactly – the shadow government conspiracy believers have it backwards, but the majority of them refuse to critically analyze their views because they are also hyperpatriots: as far as they are concerned, the state they claim is an innocent victim of some outside power and that’s the way it *has* to be – if they see their pet state entity for what it is they can no longer take any pride in that identity they have saddled themselves with (which poses an exitential crisis of identity to them – one they would rather ignore than come to terms with.”  – Abaddon441

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On Freedom

“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.” – Frank Zappa

“Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.” – A. J. Liebling

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On saving the world

“When you give food to the poor, they call you a saint. When you ask why the poor have no food, they call you a communist” – Archbishop Helder Camara, Brazilian liberation theologist

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” –  John Lennon

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” –  Margaret Meade

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” – John Lennon

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

“You cannot move the world to global justice – and thereby to peace, plenty, safety, and happiness – by endlessly catching, cataloging, and conveying the deceits and lies” Unleashed

“There is only one-way in which one can endure man’s inhumanity to man and that is to try, in one’s own life, to exemplify man’s humanity to man.” – Alan Paton

Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice.” – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

‘It’s lonely being treated like the boy who cried wolf and feeling like the one with his finger in the dyke at the same time.’ –  J A McHenry

“Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.” – Kahlil Gibran

“More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.” – Woody Allen

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget. ” – Arundhati Roy 

I’m always fascinated by how the solution to any perceived problem depends on who you ask. If you’re sick and you ask a surgeon, they will probably want to operate, a chiropractor will manipulate, a chemist will give you a non-prescription medicine. Lucky for me, I asked around when I had a very painful neuroma in my foot so instead of having a very painful excision which would have taken months to recover from and might have left me with a limp for life, I rubbed in some anti-inflammatory cream.
In politics, if you ask the military, the solution will be war, an economist, a trade embargo, a diplomat,  negotiation but no-one will suggest an anti-inflammatory cream. – J A McHenry

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On exceptionalism

“Darwin wrote the “Descent of Man”, not the Ascent. He foresaw and did not in any way approve of, the horrible things men would do to each other.”  –  J. A. McHenry

“The civility of no race can be perfect whilst another race is degraded. It is a doctrine of the oldest and of the newest philosophy, that man is one, and that you cannot injure any member, without a sympathetic injury to all members.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Every empire…tells itself and the world that it is unlike all other empires, that its mission is not to plunder and control but to educate and liberate.” – Edward Said

“The problem is that many ordinary Americans love the idea of being number one. They believe in manifest destiny. They are politely arrogant. They go all the way with have a nice day and false sympathy. They wrap themselves in the flag and call themselves Christians. They believe they are exceptional.

But they’re not. They’re the dupes, the cannon fodder, the breeders, the hired killers, the wage slaves, the debtors of the US military machine.” – J.A. McHenry

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On dissent

“Activism is my rent for living on this planet.” – Alice Walker

“Dissent is what rescues democracy from a quiet death behind closed doors.” – Lewis H. Lapham

“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.”  – Ernesto Che Guevara

“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is the numbers of people all over the world who have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience … Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves … [and] the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.” – Howard Zinn

“A great revolution in just one single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a society and, further, will enable a change in the destiny of humankind.” – Daisaku Ikeda  – Japanese peace Activist and Buddhist Leader

Leaders do not descend on us from on high. They float to the top from a groundswell of public opinion. They surf the discontent of the many. Without followers, there can be no leader. – J.A. McHenry

“Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground.” – Rosa Parks (stand for truth, freedom, equality)

“Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are people who want crops without plowing the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both … but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”  – Frederick Douglass

” …each and every one of us must keep demanding, must keep fighting, must keep thundering, must keep plowing, must keep on keeping things struggling, must speak out and must speak up until justice is served because where there is no justice there can be no peace.”  – Thomas Drake

“Every single member of my family on both sides was exterminated. Both of my parents were in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. And it is precisely and exactly because of the lessons my parents taught me and my two siblings that I will not be silent when Israel commits its crimes against the Palestinians.” – Norman Finkelstein

“My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.”  – Vladimir Nabokov

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On politics

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.  – Tex Guinan

“I’m in favour of us having a special relationship with the United States, I just don’t want us to have the kind that Miss Lewinsky had with President Clinton. One sided, undignified, immoral and with the junior partner always on their knees.” – George Gallaway

“He (Mitt Romney) is, essentially, a corporation running for president masquerading as an individual.” – Ralph Nader

“The problem with political jokes is they get elected.” – Henry Cate, VII

“Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.” – Oscar Ameringer

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On history

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” – George Orwell

“History is an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.” – Ambrose Bierce

“You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.” – Wendell Berry

“America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.”  – Oscar Wilde

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On conspiracy theories

“The accident in your rearview mirror already happened. The one in front of you is still preventable. Pay attention.” ― Nakia R. Laushaul

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Thank you to Information Clearing House from where I gleaned many, but not all, of these quotes.

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