We Need a Revolution


San Fran

La Raya Pass, Peru

Hobo Signs

Tehran, Iran

The legitimacy of institutions

"There is no reason to accept the doctrines crafted to sustain power and privilege, or to believe that we are constrained by mysterious and unknown social laws. These are simply decisions made within institutions that are subject to human will and that must face the test of legitimacy. And if they do not meet the test, they can be replaced by other institutions that are more free and more just, as has happened often in the past."

-- Noam Chomsky

Scientifically designed to prevent over-education

"Our schools have been scientifically designed to prevent over-education from happening...The average American [should be] content with their humble role in life, because they're not tempted to think about any other role."

-- William Harris, U.S. Commissioner of Education, 1889

Revolutionary characters

"He who is morally impressed by power is never in a critical mood, and he is never a revolutionary character."

-- Erich Fromm

Too many books

"To read too many books is harmful."

-- Mao Zedong

The whole point of brainwashing...

"The whole point of brainwashing, is that those being brainwashed don't know it."

-- Graham Haley

Men love war...

"Men love war because it allows them to look serious. Because it is the one thing that stops women laughing at them."

-- John Fowles, The Magus, 1966

The meaning of Liberty

"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."

-- George Orwell, Original preface to Animal Farm

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 greatest good...

"Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone."

-- John Maynard Keynes

Litany against fear

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

The litany against fear is an incantation spoken by fictional characters in Frank Herbert's 1965 novel Dune, and its sequels, in order to focus their minds in times of peril.
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