Saturday, November 18, 2017

Paradoxes

"One of the paradoxes of our age is the fact that the intellectuals, the politicians, and all the sundry voices that choke like asthma the throat of our communications media, have never gasped and stuttered so loudly about their devotion to the public good, and about the people's will as the supreme criterion of value - and never have they been so grossly indifferent to the people. The reason, obviously, is that collectivist slogans serve as the rationalization for those who intend, not to follow the people, but to rule them."
--Ayn Rand,
"Apollo and Dionysus" (1969)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sweaty

"The best things in life make you sweaty."
--Author Unknown

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Center

"The arts put man at the center of the universe, whether he belongs there or not. Military science, on the other hand, treats man as garbage--and his children, and his cities, too. Military science is probably right about the contemptibility of man in the vastness of the universe. Still--I deny that contemptibility, and I beg you to deny it, through the creation of appreciation of art."
--Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.,
Bennington College address (1970)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Races

"There are only two races (and they are not distinguished by color): those who are free and those who are not."
--Gerry Spence

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Extreme

"Why, look at me. I've worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty."
--Groucho Marx

Monday, November 13, 2017

Advocate

"Without an advocate for the poor, without a new state of mind in America, the country lies on the brink of anarchy."
--Louis Farrakhan

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Separates

"From the internal reality, by which I means the totality of psychological experiences, it [science] actually separates us. Art, for example, deals with many more aspects of this internal reality than does science, which confines itself deliberately and by convention to the study of one very limited class of experiences--the experiences of sense."
--Aldous Huxley,
"One and Many"

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Dangerous V

"If none of us ever read a book that was 'dangerous,' had a friend who was 'different,' or joined an organization that advocated 'change,' we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants."
--Edward R. Murrow,
Speech to his staff (1954)

Friday, November 10, 2017

Back

"Have taken Trier with two divisions. What do you want me to do? Give it back?"

--George S. Patton,
Reply to a message from General Dwight Eisenhower to bypass the German city of Trier because it would take four divisions to capture it (March 2, 1945), as quoted in the Introduction to War as I Knew it (1947) by George Smith Patton, Jr., with Paul Donal Harkins.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Catastrophe

"Let the rabbit of free enterprise out of its velveteen bag and too many people would have to be fired, too much idiocy exposed to the light of judgment or ridicule, too much vanity sacrificed to the fires of efficiency. Such a catastrophe obviously would threaten the American way of life, to say nothing of the belief in free markets."
--Lewis H. Lapham,
"Money And Class In America" (1989)

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Injustice II

"If you can convince people that freedom is injustice, they will then believe that slavery is freedom."
--Stefan Molyneux

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Action IV

"It's hard for me to stay silent when I keep hearing that peace is only attainable through war. There's nothing more scary than watching ignorance in action."
--Tom Smothers

Monday, November 06, 2017

Oak

"Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut, that held its ground."
--David Icke

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Accountable II

"And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you..."

--"V For Vendetta" (Movie)

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Statue

"Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right."
--George Orwell,
"1984"

Friday, November 03, 2017

Voiceprint

Female computerized voice: "Welcome to Voiceprint Identification. When you see the red light go on, would you please state in the following order: your destination, your nationality, and your full name; surname first, Christian name and initial."

--2001: A Space Odyssey

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Glide

"We are on a nice downward glide. I call it circling the drain … And the circles get smaller and smaller and faster and faster, if you watch the sink empty... Huish! And we'll be gone. And that's fine. I welcome it. I wish I could live 1000 years to watch it happen. From a distance — so I can see it all."
--George Carlin,
Archive of American Television, from one of Carlin's final interviews (2008)

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Swarms

"We want fewer and better children who can be reared up to their full possibilities in unencumbered homes, and we cannot make the social life and the world-peace we are determined to make, with the ill-bred, ill-trained swarms of inferior citizens that you inflict upon us."
--Margaret Sanger,
"The Pivot of Civilization"

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Archetype II

"Dr Lecter, my candidate for the male archetype of 1951-2000, will never win any Nice Guy awards, I fear, but he symbolizes our age as totally as Bloom symbolized his. Hannibal's wit, erudition, insight into others, artistic sensitivity, scientific knowledge etc. make him almost a walking one man encyclopedia of Western civilization. As for his "hobbies" as he calls them — well, according to the World Game Institute, since the end of World War II, in which 60,000,000 human beings were murdered by other human beings, 193,000,000 more humans have been murdered by other humans in brush wars, revolutions, insurrections etc. What better symbol of our age than a serial killer? Hell, can you think of any recent U.S. President who doesn't belong in the Serial Killer Hall of Fame? And their motives make no more sense, and no less sense, than Dr Lecter's Darwinian one-man effort to rid the planet of those he finds outstandingly loutish and uncouth."
--Robert Anton Wilson

Monday, October 30, 2017

Drilled

"Schools train individuals to respond as a mass. Boys and girls are drilled in being bored, frightened, envious, emotionally needy, generally incomplete. A successful mass production economy requires such a clientele. A small business, small farm economy like that of the Amish requires individual competence, thoughtfulness, compassion, and universal participation; our own requires a managed mass of leveled, spiritless, anxious, familyless, friendless, godless, and obedient people who believe the difference between Cheers and Seinfeld is a subject worth arguing about."
--John Taylor Gatto,
"The Underground History of American Education: An Intimate Investigation Into the Prison of Modern Schooling"

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Dock

"A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own."
--H.G. Wells,
"The Salvaging of Civilization" (1921)

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Specialists

"Ethical control may survive in small groups, but the control of the population as a whole must be delegated to specialists--to police, priests, owners, teachers, therapists, and so on, with their specialized reinforcers and their codified contingencies."
--B.F. Skinner,
"Beyond Freedom and Dignity" (1971)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Darkness II

"If we go as far as we can into the darkness, regardless of the consequences, I believe a midnight truth will free us from our bondage to violence and bring us to the light of peace."
--James W. Douglass,
"JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters"

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Do II

"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it."
--Pablo Picasso

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Down III

"Nothing can be more readily disproved than the old saw, 'You can't keep a good man down.' Most human societies have been beautifully organized to keep good men down."
--John W. Gardner
(1912-2002) US Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Lyndon Johnson, President of the Carnegie Corporation, founder Common Cause and Independent Sector

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Safe IV

"All presidents but Jefferson have argued that their first job was to keep us safe. All presidents but Jefferson were wrong. If you read the Constitution, you will see that the President's first job - as Jefferson understood well - is to keep us free."
--Andrew Napolitano

Monday, October 23, 2017

Happen III

"Things don't just happen. They are made to happen."
--John F. Kennedy

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Transformation

"One aspect of modern life which has gone far to stifle men is the rapid growth of tremendous corporations. Enormous spiritual sacrifices are made in the transformation of shopkeepers into employees... The disappearance of free enterprise has led to a submergence of the individual in the impersonal corporation in much the same manner as he has been submerged in the state in other lands."
--William O. Douglas,
Speech at annual dinner of Fordham University Alumni Association, New York City (February 9, 1939)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Saint

"The real saint", Baudelaire pretends to think, "is he who flogs and kills people for their own good."   His argument will be heard. A race of real saints is beginning to spread over the earth for the purposes of confirming these curious conclusions about rebellion.
--Albert Camus,
"The Rebel" (1951)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Ideal V

"A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal."
--Ted Turner,
CNN founder

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Commerce

"They blink. They make noises," said Moreno. "The head moves, the eyes are wide and looking around." Still Moreno would cut. Some would survive as far as the tail cutter, the belly ripper, the hide puller. They die," said Moreno, "piece by piece." "In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people."
--Ruth Harrison,
author of "Animal Machines"