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La Raya Pass, Peru

Hobo Signs

Tehran, Iran

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

Causes and Effects

"To think about events realistically, in terms of multiple causations, is hard and emotionally unrewarding. How much easier, how much more agreeable to trace each effect to a single and, if possible, a personal cause! To the illusion of understanding will be joined, in this case, the pleasure of hero worship, if the circumstances are favorable, and the equal, or even greater pleasure, if they are unfavorable, of persecuting a scapegoat."

-- Aldous Huxley

Worth dying for...

"If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace."

-- Hamilton Fish

Nothing is easier than self-deceit.

"Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true."

-- Demosthenes

The Power of Things

"You only have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything he's no longer in your power -- he's free again."

-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Nobel Prize-Winning Author

The more money, the less virtue...

"If there were one who lived wholly without the use of money, the State itself would hesitate to demand it of him. But the rich man — not to make any invidious comparison — is always sold to the institution which makes him rich. Absolutely speaking, the more money, the less virtue; for money comes between a man and his objects, and obtains them for him; and it was certainly no great virtue to obtain it. It puts to rest many questions which he would otherwise be taxed to answer; while the only new question which it puts is the hard but superfluous one, how to spend it. Thus his moral ground is taken from under his feet."

-- Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

You can say anything you want in a debate...

"Bush's press secretary told reporters after a 1984 debate with his then vice presidential opponent: 'You can say anything you want in a debate, and 80 million people hear it. If reporters then document that a candidate spoke untruthfully, so what? Maybe 200 people read it, or 2,000, or 20,000.'"

-- Holly Sklar

It's a miracle...

"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education."

-- Albert Einstein

The greatest threat...

“The greatest threat to our [democratic] experiment will not come from those who would openly oppose us, but those who will silently follow us”

-- Thomas Paine

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
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