The strong do as they please...

"The strong do as they please; the weak accept what they must."

-- Thucydides, Greek historian, The Meilan Dialogues


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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

Everything's different

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

-- Irene Porter

Any writer, I suppose...

"Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent."

--James A. Baldwin

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

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"Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate."

-- Bertrand Russell

Fighting crime...

"Fighting crime by building more jails is like fighting cancer by building more cemeteries."

-- Paul Kelly

The only way to abolish war...

The only way to abolish war is to make peace heroic.

-- John Dewey, American philosopher and educator, 1859-1952

Nothing wrong with America...

"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America."

-- William J. Clinton

Of all the supervised conditions...

"Of all the supervised conditions for life offered man, those under USA's constitution have proved the best. Wherefore, be sure when you start modifying, corrupting or abrogating it."

-- Martin H. Fischer

Senate on Domestic Intelligence

"In times of crisis, the Government will exercise its power to conduct domestic intelligence activities to the fullest extent. The distinction between legal dissent and criminal conduct is easily forgotten. Our job is to recommend means to help ensure that the distinction will always be observed."

-- Church Committee (Senate), 1976
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