The Riddle of the Sphynx


San Fran

La Raya Pass, Peru

Hobo Signs

Tehran, Iran

This crippling of individuals...

"This crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation for his future. I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals."

-- Albert Einstein

Zinn on civil disobedience

"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. . . Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem."

-- Howard Zinn, Failure to Quit

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

Joseph Heller on Them

"They will do whatever we let them get away with."

-- Joseph Heller

The world is a dangerous place...

"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing."

-- Albert Einstein

The BBC and the state of Journalism

Somehow, that old-fashioned thoroughness and commitment have disappeared. I suppose no one has the time for it any more.

--Terry Wogan, longtime BBC broadcaster, stating that the BBC has lost its standing as the world's foremost broadcaster. Aug. 12, 2008

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

We now have to deal with another race...

"Hear me people: We now have to deal with another race--small and feeble when our fathers first met them, but now great and overbearing. Strangely enough they have a mind to till the soil and the love of possessions is a disease with them. These people have made many rules which the rich may break but the poor may not. They take their tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich and those who rule."

-- Chief Sitting Bull

The CIA and the Media

“The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.”

-- William Colby, former director of the CIA

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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