The Path to the Ocean


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If the rich...

"If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living."

-- Yiddish proverb

Too broadly underinformed

"Americans are too broadly underinformed to digest nuggets of information that seem to contradict what they know of the world . Instead, news channels prefer to feed Americans a constant stream of simplified information, all of which fits what they already know. That way they don't have to devote more air time or newsprint space to explanations or further investigations. Politicians and the media have conspired to infantilize, to dumb down, the American public. At heart, politicians don't believe that Americans can handle complex truths, and the news media, especially television news, basically agrees."

-- Tom Fenton, former CBS foreign correspondent

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

He loves his country...

"He loves his country best who strives to make it best."

-- Robert G. Ingersoll

Worthwhile to society...

"People are personally responsible for keeping themselves relevant. If you can't make yourself worthwhile to society, then that's your problem, not society's."

-- Bug, a character from Douglas Copeland's novel Microserfs

The world is pretty awful today...

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

-- Noam Chomsky

A man's subsistence...

"Power over a man's subsistence is power over his will."

-- Alexander Hamilton

The price of aggression...

"History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap."

-- Ronald Reagan

What is better?

"I believe it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than to be ignorant."

-- H.L. Mencken

The range of debate...

"The range of debate between the dominant U.S. [political] parties tends to closely resemble the range of debate within the business class."

-- Robert McChesney, author and media critic
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