American blood

"You cannot spill a drop of American blood without spilling the blood of the whole world.... We are not a nation, so much as a world."

-- Herman Melville

Battle Mountain

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I Choose You

Gold Dust Woman

Don Delillo on Conspiracy

"If we are on the outside, we assume a conspiracy is the perfect working of a scheme. Silent nameless men with unadorned hearts. A conspiracy is everything that ordinary life is not. It’s the inside game, cold, sure, undistracted, forever closed off to us. We are the flawed ones, the innocents, trying to make some rough sense of the daily jostle. Conspirators have a logic and a daring beyond our reach. All conspiracies are the same taut story of men who find coherence in some criminal act."

-- Don Delillo, "In Dallas," Libra (1988)

Freedom is about authority.

"Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do."

-- Rudolf Giuliani

The liberation of humanity...

"There are those, I know, who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American dream."

-- Archibald MacLeish

The restriction of knowledge...

"It is not enough for a handful of experts to attempt the solution of a problem, to solve it and then to apply it. The restriction of knowledge to an elite group destroys the spirit of society and leads to its intellectual impoverishment."

-- Albert Einstein

Revolutionary characters

"He who is morally impressed by power is never in a critical mood, and he is never a revolutionary character."

-- Erich Fromm

I never had much faith in leaders...

"I never had much faith in leaders. I am willing to be charged with almost anything, rather than to be charged with being a leader. I am suspicious of leaders, and especially of the intellectual variety. Give me the rank and file every day in the week. If you go to the city of Washington, and you examine the pages of the Congressional Directory, you will find that almost all of those corporation lawyers and cowardly politicians, members of Congress, and misrepresentatives of the masses - you will find that almost all of them claim, in glowing terms, that they have risen from the ranks to places of eminence and distinction. I am very glad I cannot make that claim for myself. I would be ashamed to admit that I had risen from the ranks. When I rise it will be with the ranks, and not from the ranks."

-- Eugene V. Debs

Ghandi on Western civilization

"I think it would be a good idea."

-- Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948), when asked what he thought of Western civilization

The legitimacy of institutions

"There is no reason to accept the doctrines crafted to sustain power and privilege, or to believe that we are constrained by mysterious and unknown social laws. These are simply decisions made within institutions that are subject to human will and that must face the test of legitimacy. And if they do not meet the test, they can be replaced by other institutions that are more free and more just, as has happened often in the past."

-- Noam Chomsky

Heinlein on humans

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

-- Robert A. Heinlein

All men recognize the right of revolution.

"All men recognize the right of revolution."

-- Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience, 1849
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