Quotes

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

Too broadly underinformed

"Americans are too broadly underinformed to digest nuggets of information that seem to contradict what they know of the world . Instead, news channels prefer to feed Americans a constant stream of simplified information, all of which fits what they already know. That way they don't have to devote more air time or newsprint space to explanations or further investigations. Politicians and the media have conspired to infantilize, to dumb down, the American public. At heart, politicians don't believe that Americans can handle complex truths, and the news media, especially television news, basically agrees."

-- Tom Fenton, former CBS foreign correspondent

It is no measure of health...

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

-- Krishnamurti

If you want a Big Brother...

"If you want a Big Brother, you get all that comes with it."

-- Erich Fromm

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

The superior person...

"The superior person understands rightness; the inferior person understands profit."

-- Confucius

Any other country...

"Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country."

-- Sinclair Lewis

The disposessed, courage in war

" . . . he now understood why the army was organized as it was. It was indeed quite necessary. No rational form of organization would serve the purpose. He simply had not understood that the purpose was to enable men with machine guns to kill unarmed men and women easily and in great quantities when told to do so. Only he still could not see where courage, or manliness, or fitness entered in."

-- Ursula K. Le Guin, The Disposessed, pg. 305

Educated in America

"It is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind."

-- James Baldwin

Dennis Miller on Conspiracy

"The biggest conspiracy has always been the fact that there is no conspiracy. Nobody's out to get you. Nobody gives a shit whether you live or die. There, you feel better now?"

-- Dennis Miller