All warfare is based on deception.

"All warfare is based on deception."

-- Sun Tzu, The Art of War, 4th cent. B.C.

In Defense of Schools

Sean Y.

NYC, New York

The problem is

"The problem is not that a computer network [Internet] offers an alternative to the information aristocracy. The true crisis is that neither the news media nor the government has enough credibility to be accepted as either truthful or impartial on their own."

-- William M. Arkin, military writer

This nation will remain...

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."

-- Elmer Davis

Security is mostly superstition...

"Security is mostly superstition, it does not exist in nature nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than out right exposure. To keep our faces towards change and behave as free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable."

-- Helen Keller

That's the great thing about policy...

That's the great thing about policy, and why the world is such an infernal place: the man who makes the policy don't have to carry it out, and the man who carries it out aint responsible for the policy.

-- George MacDonald Fraser, author of The Flashman Papers

He tried to read an elementary economics text...

"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 primitive religion, as barbaric, as elaborate, and as unnecessary. In a human sacrifice to deity there might at least be a mistaken and terrible beauty; in the rites of the money-changers, where greed, laziness, and envy were assumed to move all men's acts, even the terrible became banal."

-- Ursula K. Le Guin, The Disposessed

Those in power...

"Those in power are blind devotees to private enterprise. They accept that degree of socialism implicit in the vast subsidies to the military-industrial-complex, but not that type of socialism which maintains public projects for the disemployed and the unemployed alike."

-- William O. Douglas, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1969

On achieving immortality

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work . . . I want to achieve it through not dying."

-- Woody Allen

This is the established Order of Things...

"This is the established Order of Things, when a Nation has grown to such an height of Power as to become dangerous to Mankind, she never fails to loose her Wisdom, her Justice and her Moderation, and with these she never fails to loose her Power; which however returns again, if those Virtues return."

-- John Adams, Autobiography, IV, 158

Orwell on Totalitarianism

"Totalitarianism demands the continuous alteration of the past, and in the long run probably demands a disbelief in the very existence of objective truth. The friends of totalitarianism in this country usually tend to argue that since absolute truth is not attainable, a big lie is no worse than a little lie. It is pointed out that all historical records are biased and inaccurate, or, on the other hand, that modern physics has proved that what seems to us the real world is an illusion, so that to believe in the evidence of one's senses is simply vulgar philistinism. A totalitarian society which succeeded in perpetuating itself would probably set up a schizophrenic system of thought, in which the laws of common sense held good in everyday life and in certain exact science, but could be disregarded by the politician, the historian and the sociologist."

-- George Orwell, "The Prevention of Literature"

The greatest threat...

“The greatest threat to our [democratic] experiment will not come from those who would openly oppose us, but those who will silently follow us”

-- Thomas Paine

The Power of Things

"You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything he's no longer in your power -- he's free again."

-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Nobel Prize-Winning Author
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