Quotes

Political satire became obsolete...

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

-- Tom Lehrer

The Rulebreakers

"Hear me, people: We have now 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 possession is a disease with them. These people have made many rules that 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, speaking at the Powder River Conference in 1877

Now.

"Now. Or never."

-- Henry David Thoreau

Meaning vs Economic Security

"This focus on money and power may do wonders in the marketplace, but it creates a tremendous crisis in our society. People who have spent all day learning how to sell themselves and to manipulate others are in no position to form lasting friendships or intimate relationships... Many Americans hunger for a different kind of society -- one based on principles of caring, ethical and spiritual sensitivity, and communal solidarity. Their need for meaning is just as intense as their need for economic security."

-- Michael Lerner, American rabbi, political activist, and editor of Tikkun, a progressive Jewish and interfaith magazine based in Berkeley, California

We live in a dirty and dangerous world.

"We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the general public does not need to know, and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows."

-- Katharine Graham, in a speech to CIA recruits in 1988

Banks Own the Congress

"And the banks -- hard to believe in a time when we're facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created -- are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place."

-- Senator Dick Durbin, D-IL

Mark Twain on Conspiracy

"The wronger a conspiracy is, the better it is." 

-- Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer's Conspiracy