Quotes

Those in power...

"Those in power are blind devotees to private enterprise. They accept that degree of socialism implicit in the vast subsidies to the military-industrial-complex, but not that type of socialism which maintains public projects for the disemployed and the unemployed alike."

-- William O. Douglas, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1969

That's the great thing about policy...

That's the great thing about policy, and why the world is such an infernal place: the man who makes the policy don't have to carry it out, and the man who carries it out aint responsible for the policy.

-- George MacDonald Fraser, author of The Flashman Papers

Here's to the crazy ones

"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

-- Think Different, Apple Computers Advertisement

This nation will remain...

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."

-- Elmer Davis

America is a passionate idea...

"America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human brotherhood or it is chaos."

-- Max Lerner, Actions and Passions, 1949

The whole point of brainwashing...

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

-- Graham Haley

The world is pretty awful today...

"The world is pretty awful today, but it is far better than yesterday."

-- Noam Chomsky

The architects of power...

"The architects of power in the United States must create a force that can be felt but not seen. Power remains strong when it remains in the dark; exposed to the sunlight it begins to evaporate."

-- Samuel Huntington

Capitalism is not a success.

"[Capitalism] is not a success. It is not intelligent, it is not beautiful, it is not just, it is not virtuous--and it doesn't deliver the goods. In short, we dislike it, and we are beginning to despise it. But when we wonder what to put in its place, we are extremely perplexed."

-- John Maynard Keynes

Lincoln on the Know-Nothings

I am not a Know-Nothing. That is certain. How could I be? How can any one who abhors the oppression of negroes, be in favor of degrading classes of white people? Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it "all men are created equal, except Negroes." When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read "all men are created equal, except Negroes and foreigners and Catholics." When it comes to this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty - to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.

--Abraham Lincoln, "Letter to Joshua F. Speed," August 24, 1855.