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

The political arena...

"The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue."

-- Christopher Earle

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

Political satire became obsolete...

"Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize."

-- Tom Lehrer

No matter how cynical...

“No matter how cynical I get, it’s just never enough to keep up.”

-- Lilly Tomlin
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