Doug Rushkoff - Program or Be Programmed

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Control your Lives. Program the future.

"You are either making the software, or you are the software." -- Douglas Rushkoff

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The Sphinx in the 1860s

Harpo Marx & Amelia Earhart


Cotton fields and sweatshops

"I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein's brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops."

-- Steven Jay Gould

Poverty is...

"Poverty is the worst form of violence."

-- Mahatma Gandhi

Bill Moyers on working in the White House

"When you are working for a prince, you are in the prince's circle, his shadow; you are doing his bidding. You are seen and you see yourself as a projection of the prince....If you are young and eager to get into the action, you suddenly find yourself in a place where you can make things happen. But you are doing it in someone else's name."

-- Bill Moyers, on his service in the White House

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

Money colonizing life...

"When the institutions of money rule the world, it is perhaps inevitable that the interests of money will take precedence over the interests of people. What we are experiencing might best be described as a case of money colonizing life. To accept this absurd distortion of human institutions and purpose should be considered nothing less than an act of collective, suicidal insanity."

-- David C. Korten, When Corporations Rule the World, pg. 247

The world is pretty awful today...

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

-- Noam Chomsky

Everything's different

"Just because everything's different doesn't mean anything's changed."

-- Irene Porter

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

Educated in America

"It is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind."

-- James Baldwin

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
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