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The best education...

"The best education consists in immunizing people against systematic attempts at education."

-- Paul Karl Feyerabend

Marx: 'social existence determines consciousness'

"It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but on the contrary, their social existence determines their consciousness."

-- Karl Marx, Critique of Political Economy, 1859

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

The world is pretty awful today...

"The world is pretty awful today, but it is far better than yesterday."

-- Noam Chomsky

The leadership gap

"The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments of the dominant political mythology."

-- Michael Parenti

That's called an election

"The general public are viewed as no more than ignorant and meddlesome outsiders, a bewildered herd. And it's the responsible men who have to make decisions and to protect society from the trampling and rage of the bewildered herd. Now since it's a democracy they - the herd, that is - are permitted occasionally to lend their weight to one or another member of the responsible class. That's called an election."

-- Noam Chomsky

Fear of poverty...

"I recommend this matter to your serious pondering, for it is certain that the prevalent fear of poverty among the educated classes is the worst moral disease from which our civilization suffers."

-- William James, Varieties of Religious Experiences, 1902

The universe we observe...

"The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference."

-- Richard Dawkins

State Surveillance "almost commonplace" in UK

State surveillance has become routine. Snooping is no longer restricted to terrorism and major crime but is now almost commonplace in dealing with quite minor and mundane infringements of the law.

-- The Guardian, 02/04/08

Quote from Tolkien

"Not all who wander are lost."

-- J. R. R. Tolkien
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