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- henry david thoreau
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"Si l'ordre est le plaisir de la raison, le désordre est le délice de l'imagination." - Paul Claudel
“Cricket is nothing if it is not one man pitted against a fish.”- Peter Cook
“Participation — that’s what’s going to save the human race.” - Pete Seeger
“This is a diseased world in which it is impossible for anyone to be fully human. One way or another, everyone who lives in the modern world is sick or maladjusted.” — David T. Dellinger, Revolutionary Nonviolence: Essays
“You can’t have capitalism without racism.” - Malcolm X
“The first revolutionary act is to call things by their true names.”- Rosa Luxemburg
"Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.:- Oscar Wilde
de omnibus dubitandum; everything must be doubted
“The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophes.”- Einstein
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. - W.B. Yeats
John Brown by WEB Du Bois 1909 (online reading)
“Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”- James Baldwin
Under private property ... Each tries to establish over the other an alien power, so as thereby to find satisfaction of his own selfish need. The increase in the quantity of objects is therefore accompanied by an extension of the realm of the alien powers to which man is subjected, and every new product represents a new potentiality of mutual swindling and mutual plundering.
Marx, Human Requirements and Division of Labour (1844)
“Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.” — E.B. White
“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.”- Marcus Garvey
King Lear: Poor naked wretches, whereso’er you are, That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm, How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides, Your loop’d and window’d raggedness, defend you From seasons such as these? O, I have ta’en Too little care of this! Take physic, pomp; Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel, That thou mayst shake the superflux to them, And show the heavens more just.
“She’s on the horizon,” Galeano once wrote of utopia. “I go two steps, she moves two steps away. I walk ten steps and the horizon runs ten steps ahead. No matter how much I walk, I’ll never reach her. What good is utopia? That’s what: it’s good for walking.”
“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” - James Baldwin
”La lucha contra imperialismo es la lucha el mas importante en todo el mundo.”-Che Guevarra
Ten Years of Wily Python - February 9, 2015
THE WAR WHICH IS COMING
Is not the first one. There were
Other wars before it.
When the last one came to an end
There were conquerors and conquered.
Among the conquered the common people
Starved. Among the conquerors
The common people starved too.
“The impossible is the least that one can demand.” - James Baldwin
Always bear in mind that people are not fighting for ideas, for the things in anyone's head. They are fighting to win material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward, to guarantee the future of their children - Amilcar Cabral
“One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.” — E.B. White, Essays of E.B. White
Man has one defect: He can think - Bertolt Brecht
One of the central arguments of this essay so far is that structural violence creates lopsided structures of the imagination. Those on the bottom of the heap have to spend a great deal of imaginative energy trying to understand the social dynamics that surround them—including having to imagine the perspective of those on top—while the latter can wander about largely oblivious to much of what is going on around them. That is, the powerless not only end up doing most of the actual, physical labor required to keep society running, they also do most of the interpretive labor as well. - David Graeber from The Utopia of Rules p.81 paragraph 2
“What you call the spirit of the times is nothing but the spirit of the lords in which the times are reflected.”- Goethe
The world would never amount to a hill of beans if people didn't use their imaginations to think of the impossible. - Pete Seeger
King Lear’s words to his daughter Cordelia: “When you ask me blessing, I’ll kneel down and ask of you forgiveness.”
“I hear you say 'Why?' Always 'Why?' You see things; and you say 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?” — George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah
“If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.” - Mark Twain
“Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it”- Howard Zinn.
You don’t stick a knife in a man’s back nine inches, and then pull it out six inches, and say you’re making progress. –Malcolm X
“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.” Gandhi
In our patriarchy, it is very difficult to trust women. In our patriarchy, women and children are the casualties of the political economy in the UK. In our patriarchy, women and children are the casualties of our wars.
There's no limit to how complicated things can get, on account of one thing always leading to another. E. B. White
Almost nothing will be received from the war-torn East, where basic infrastructure has been destroyed for power generation, water, hospitals and the civilian housing areas that bore the brunt of the attack.
Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are. - Bertolt Brecht
"Humanity is never acquired in solitude or by giving one's work to the public. It can be achieved only by someone who throws his life and his person into the public realm...We undertake something. We weave our strand into a network of relations. What comes of it we never know...This venture is only possible when there is a trust in mankind. A trust which is hard to formulate...A trust in what is human in men—all men." Hannah Arendt
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau
A just idea in the depth of a cave is stronger than an army. - José Martí
It is so simple a remedy, merely service. Not one ignoble thought or act is demanded of any one of all men and women in the world to make fair the world. The call is for nobility of thinking, nobility of doing. The call is for service, and, such is the wholesomeness of it, he who serves all, best serves himself.
“The greatest evil is to destroy life, to injure life, to repress life that is capable of development.”- Dr. Albert Schweitzer
“If somebody points a gun at you and says, “Kill your friend or I will kill you”, he is tempting you, that is all.” - Mary McCarthy
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Gandhi
Everything must be doubted
“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” - Henry David Thoreau
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made—through disobedience and through rebellion. —Oscar Wilde, 1891
Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life. - Bertolt Brecht
“War is at best barbarism… Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.”- Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
“The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e. the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force.” Karl Marx
“It is fortunate that diplomats have long noses since they usually cannot see beyond them.” - Paul Claudel.
"if you are not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing."
If you can find money to kill people...you can find money to help people -Tony Benn
All reactionaries are paper tigers. In appearance, the reactionaries are terrifying, but in reality, they are not so powerful. From a long-term point of view, it is not the reactionaries but the people who are powerful. - Mao
“If you want to know the right thing to do, simply do what is most difficult" - Rainer Maria Rilke
“Despair is a luxury only white people can afford”- James Baldwin
“The further they draw away from the United States, the freer and more prosperous the [Latin] American people will be.”- José Martí
I want it to be known that we’re going to work with grim and determination to gain justice…And we are not wrong. We are not wrong in what we are doing. If we are wrong – the Supreme Court of this nation is wrong. If we are wrong – God Almighty is wrong! If we are wrong – justice is a lie! - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The CIA, after all, is nothing more than the secret police of American capitalism, plugging up leaks in the political dam night and day so that shareholders of US companies operating in poor countries can continue enjoying the rip-off.” - Philip Agee
If a man will observe as he walks the streets, I believe he will find the merriest countenances in mourning coaches. —Jonathan Swift, 1706
“A civilization is not destroyed by wicked people; it is not necessary that they be wicked but only that they be spineless.” - James Baldwin
“One thing alone I charge you. As you live, believe in life. Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader and fuller life. The only possible death is to lose belief in this truth simply because the great end comes slowly, because time is long.”- W.E.B DuBois
"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." -Desmond Tutu
“If we have no business with the construction of the future or with organizing it for all time, there can still be no doubt about the task confronting us at present: the ruthless criticism of the existing order, ruthless in that it will shrink neither from its own discoveries, nor from conflict with the powers that be.” — Karl Marx
"Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels."- Bertolt Brecht
"In the little moment that remains to us between the crisis and the catastrophe, we may as well drink a glass of champagne." - Paul Claudel Quoted by Claud Cockburn, In Time of Trouble
Violence is as American as cherry pie. - H. Rap Brown
“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.”- Groucho Marx
Whether you can observe a thing or not depends on the theory which you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed. - Albert Einstein
"Don't be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life." - Brecht
"All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed." I. F. Stone
"If the world is upside down the way it is now, wouldn't we have to turn it over to get it to stand up straight?" -Eduardo Galeano
“Our rights will not voluntarily be handed to us, so we are heading out to demand them." Frederick Douglass,
"Of course we will, boy! The British Army has always fought the wily Pathan. Stripped mother-naked, under the tent brailings like a snake, he is." - Colonel Grapple - later to be known as Grapple of the Bedoo
“A real man should feel on his own cheek the blow given to another man’s cheek.” José Martí
‘If you’re not careful the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.’ - Malcolm X
“The first revolutionary act is to call things by their true names.”- Rosa Luxemburg
“Some men see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say 'Why not?” - George Bernard Shaw
“Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens.” - Howard Zinn
"Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" –from "Ozymandias"
“Crises are, as it were, the irrational rationaliers of an always unstable capitalism”- David Harvey
"Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past."- Karl Marx
"What is the end of our revolution? The tranquil enjoyment of liberty and equality; the reign of that eternal justice, the laws of which are graven, not on marble or stone, but in the hearts of men, even in the heart of the slave who has forgotten them, and in that of the tyrant who disowns them." -- Maximillien Robespierre
One must remember that in choosing the lesser of two evils, one still chooses evil." --Hannah Arendt
"While a person dies every day during the eight or more hours in which he or she functions as a commodity, individuals come to life afterward in their spiritual creations. But this remedy bears the germs of the same sickness: that of a solitary being seeking harmony with the world." — Che Guevara
Hans Hofmann once wrote: "In nature, light creates the colour. In the picture, colour creates the light."
We teach children to be inquisitive, so that they will become accustomed to obeying reason: not authority like the feebleminded, or custom like fools. He who does not know, anyone can deceive. He who does not have, anyone can buy. - Simón Rodríguez
"One has to grow hard but without ever losing tenderness." - Che Guevarra
“If anyone understands me, then I wasn’t clear." ¬ Jean-Luc Godard
"There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time." - Malcolm X
John Dewey said it brilliantly: He said that whatever the best and most privileged parents have for their kids should be the baseline for what we want for all kids. Anything less undermines our democracy.
"What I'm dealing with is so vast and great that it can't be called the Truth. It's beyond the Truth."- Sun Ra
""this crusade ... is going to take a while" - G W Bush
"There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth." - Charles Dickens
We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.” - General Omar Bradley
When one reads Bibles, one is less surprised at what the Deity knows than at what He doesn't know. -- Mark Twain
"Every political edict which is not based upon nature is wrong." Louis Antoine de Saint-Just, 1792
'Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.'"- Walter Cronkite
"I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong." Frederick Douglass
“Compassion was the chief and, perhaps the only law of all human existence.”
“I am no Moses to lead you out of the wilderness … because if I could lead you out, someone else could lead you in again.” - Eugene Debs
Human Rights violations are so commonplace in the US of A that we do not even think of them as Human Rights violations.- Scott ffolliott
"The crimes of the US throughout the world have been systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them" - Harold Pinter
My notion of democracy is that under it the weakest shall have the same opportunities as the strongest...no country in the world today shows any but patronizing regard for the weak... Western democracy, as it functions today, is diluted fascism...true democracy cannot be worked by twenty men sitting at the center. It has to be worked from below, by the people of every village. Mahatma Gandhi
"Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force." George Bernard Shaw
I don't fear death, I fear remaining silent in the face of injustice ... I am ready, wherever and whenever you might strike. You can cut down the flower, but nothing can stop the coming of the spring."- Malalai Joya
“As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air - however slight - lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.” - William O. Douglas
“We are here on Earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.” —W.H. Auden
Upton Sinclair: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
An injury to one is an injury to all
“I hold the view that before Obama completes his term, there will be from six to eight right-wing governments in Latin America that will be allies of the empire." -- Fidel Castro.
"The beginning of thought is in disagreement - not only with others but also with ourselves" -. Eric Hoffer
"Our lives are worth more than their profits" - Olivier Besancenot..
A truth that's told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent. --William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence"
"Our for-profit health care system makes money off of death, the same way our arms merchants make money off of death. - Chris Hedges
But the paradox of public transport, of course, is that the better it does its job, the less "efficient" it may be. - Tony Judt
"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying." -Woody Allen
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. Henry David Thoreau
“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers.” - Thomas Pynchon
"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.' - Thomas Paine
"Everyone of them knew that as time went by they'd get a little bit older and a litter slower but..."
Tagore put it succinctly: “Neither the colourless vagueness of cosmopolitanism nor the fierce self-idolatry of nation worship is the goal of human history.”
"The universe we observe, if properly understood, has all the properties we should expect if there is no purpose, no design, no evil, and no good. Nothing but blind, pitiless indifference. Each form eternally destroyed while others take its place." - Darwin
"Does not Dionysius seem to have made it sufficiently clear that there can be nothing happy for the person over whom some fear always looms?"- Cicero, Tusculan Disputations 5.1
"it takes two to speak the truth, one to speak and another to hear"
"Poverty is the worst form of violence."- Gandhi
“Carved in stone on the grave of Second Lieutenant Arthur Conway Young, who died on 16 August, 1917. 'Sacrifice to the fallacy that war can end war,' his family had inscribed on his last resting place.” - Rober Fisk
Ten years or more ago until now we often linked to other publications to show a version of a narrative presented to us. Much of the narrative is lost to us because the links have been truncated leaving just a publisher or a 404 error message. However there are a few pages that still link which in itself is something to think about, perhaps itself a story of derring-do. The disconected world-wide-web seemed to have turned into social media and we are now all born yesterday. Let's let William O. Douglas sum up: “As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air - however slight - lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”
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