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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

Pynchon on Authority

"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers."

-- Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

Joseph Heller on Them

"They will do whatever we let them get away with."

-- Joseph Heller

More powerful than guns

“Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.”

-- Josef Stalin

Enemies of the State

"Whenever citizens are seen routinely as enemies of their own government, writers are routinely seen to be the most dangerous enemies."

-- E.L. Doctorow

Objectivity, concerning foreign nations

"The lack of objectivity, as far as foreign nations are concerned, is notorious. From one day to another, another nation is made out to be utterly depraved and fiendish, while one's own nation stands for everything that is good and noble. Every action of the enemy is judged by one standard--every action of oneself by another. Even good deeds by the enemy are considered a sign of particular devilishness, meant to deceive us and the world, while our bad deeds are necessary and justified by our noble goals, which they serve. Indeed, if one examines the relationship between nations, as well as between individuals, one comes to the conclusion that objectivity is the exception, and a greater or lesser degree of narcissistic distortion is the rule."

-- Erich Fromm

The true duty of patriots

“No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.”

-- Barbara Ehrenreich


"Now. Or never."

-- Henry David Thoreau

William Blum on Conspiracy

"No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine." 

-- William Blum, Rogue State

The sole possible economic order...

"We stand for the maintenance of private property.... We shall protect free enterprise as the most expedient, or rather the sole possible economic order."

-- Adolf Hitler

Life at university...

"Life at university, with its intellectual and inconclusive discussions at a postgraduate level is on the whole a bad training for the real world. Only men of very strong character surmount this handicap."

-- Paul Chambers, American Business Executive, 1904-1981
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