Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pediments

"Well aware of both the continuity and contingency of human affairs, Adams and Madison searched the works of Tacitus and Voltaire and Locke like carpenters rummaging through their assortment of tools, knowing that all the pediments were jury-rigged, all the provisional, all the alliances temporary."
--Lewis H. Lapham
"Waiting For The Barbarians" (1997)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Follow II

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."
--Steve Jobs
Stanford University commencement address (June 12, 2005)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Reluctantly

"These men - ..., the politicians, ... - use their position, their knowledge, and their power of disseminating misinformation to arouse and stimulate the latent instinct for bloodshed. When they have succeeded, they say they are reluctantly forced to war by the pressure of public opinion."
--Bertrand Russell
(1872-1970) Philosopher, educator
Source: "War and Non-Resistance," Atlantic Monthly, August 1915, p. 274.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Plunder II

"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."
--Frederic Bastiat
(1801-1850) French economist, statesman, and author. He did most of his writing during the years just before -- and immediately following -- the French Revolution of February 1848
Source: "The Law" by Frederic Bastiat (1848)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Lemonade

"If the right to vote were expanded to seven year olds ... its policies would most definitely reflect the ‘legitimate concerns’ of children to have ‘adequate’ and ‘equal’ access to ‘free’ french fries, lemonade and videos."
--Hans-Hermann Hoppe
Source: Democracy–The God That Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Cleansing

"If the political-correctness fascists get their way, we can safely assume it will be correct-thinking, "political cleansing" squads deciding what we can or cannot say on the Internet. These people fear public debate and demand homogenization of "acceptable" attitudes compatible with their emotional, utopian idealism."
--Charles W. Moore
Source: Barquentine Ventures Online Journal, 8 July 1999

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Where III

"You hear all this whining going on, 'Where are our great writers?' The thing I might feel doleful about is: Where are the readers?"
--Gore Vidal
Interview by Mike Sager, Esquire, (June 2008)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Facade

"Literature that is not the breath of contemporary society, that dares not transmit the pains and fears of that society, that does not warn in time against threatening moral and social dangers — such literature does not deserve the name of literature; it is only a façade. Such literature loses the confidence of its own people, and its published works are used as wastepaper instead of being read."
--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Open letter to the Fourth Soviet Writers’ Congress (16 May 1967) “The Struggle Intensifies,” Solzhenitsyn: A Documentary Record, ed. Leopold Labedz (1970).

Monday, August 15, 2016

Overgrown

"A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home."
--James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
Source: Speech, Constitutional Convention (1787-06-29), from Max Farrand's Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, vol. I[1] (1911), p. 465

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Respectable

"Teach the child to respect that which is not respectable and you teach the child the first requirement of slavery: submission to unjust authority. Children are persons. They are small persons whose perfect souls have not yet been ground through the meat grinder of slavery."
--Gerry Spence
"Give Me Liberty! Freeing Ourselves in the Twenty-First Century"v

Technocracy

"We have on the one hand a desperate need; hunger, sickness, and the dread of war. We have, on the other, the conception of something that might meet it: omnicompetent global technocracy. Are not these the ideal opportunity for enslavement? This is how it has entered before; a desperate need (real or apparent) in the one party, a power (real or apparent) to relieve it, in the other."
--C. S. Lewis
(1898-1963), British novelist
Source: Willing Slaves of the Welfare State, first published in The Observer on July 20, 1958

Friday, August 12, 2016

Drugs

"I've never had a problem with drugs.  I've had problems with the police."
--Keith Richards
(1943-) British musician, songwriter and founding member of The Rolling Stones

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Tired II

"People are tired of liberty.
They have had a surfeit of it.
Liberty is no longer a chaste and austere virgin...
Today’s youth are moved by other slogans...
Order, Hierarchy, Discipline."
--Benito Mussolini
(1883-1945), Italian dictator during WW2
Source: Speech, March 1923

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Gauge

“Whether hunting is right or wrong, a spiritual experience, or an outlet for the killer instinct, one thing it is not is a sport. Sport is when individuals or teams compete against each other under equal circumstances to determine who is better at a given game or endeavor. Hunting will be a sport when deer, elk, bears, and ducks are... given 12-gauge shotguns. Bet we'd see a lot fewer drunk yahoos (live ones, anyway) in the woods if that happened."
--R. Lerner

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Whatever

"Whatever power you give politicians and bureaucrats to use against other people will eventually be used by future politicians and bureaucrats against you."
--Michael Boldin
Founder of Tenth Amendment Center

Monday, August 08, 2016

Predominantly

"[T]he courts are so willing to assume that anything that is predominantly black must be inferior.... The mere fact that a school is black does not mean that it is the product of an unconstitutional violation."
--Justice Clarence Thomas
U. S. Supreme Court Justice
Source: Missouri v. Kalima Jenkins, 115 S. Ct. 2038 (1995) (concurring).

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Ssafe III

"Let me get a sip of water here...you figure this stuff is safe to drink? [audience yells "No"] Actually, I don't care, I drink it anyway. You know why? 'Cause I'm an American and I expect a little cancer in my food and water. I'm a loyal American and I'm not happy unless I let government and industry poison me a little bit every day."
--George Carlin

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Umpires

"[The Yippie demonstrations] were merely an attack of mental disobedience on an obediently insane society ... and if you feel you have been living in an unreal world for the last couple of years, it is particularly because this power structure has refused to listen to reason ... Step outside the guidelines of the official umpires and make your own rules and your own reality."
--Phil Ochs
As quoted in "An American Ordeal: The Antiwar Movement of the Vietnam Period" (1990) by Charles DeBenedetti, p. 223

Friday, August 05, 2016

Hazard

I think it's interesting the two drugs that are legal, alcohol and cigarettes, two drugs that do absolutely nothing for you at all, are legal, and the drugs that might open your mind up to realize how badly you're being f***ed every day of your life? Those drugs are against the law. He-heh, coincidence? See, I'm glad mushrooms are against the law, 'cause I took 'em one time, and you know what happened to me? I laid in a field of green grass for four hours going, "My God! I love everything." Yeah, Now, if that isn't a hazard to our country... how are we gonna justify arms dealing if we know we're all one?!
--Bill Hicks
November 11, 1992

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Pretensions

"That erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all, it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else."
--H. L. Mencken
(1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist, Linguist, Lexicographer, and Critic

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Enormous

"The enormous gap between what U.S. leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments of the dominant political mythology."
--Michael Parenti
Political scientist and author

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Dissonance

"No one understood better than Stalin that the true object of propaganda is neither to convince nor even to persuade, but to produce a uniform pattern of public utterance in which the first trace of unorthodox thought immediately reveals itself as a jarring dissonance."
--Alan Bullock
[Alan Louis Charles Bullock, Baron Bullock] (1914-2004) British historian
Source: in Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives (1991)

Monday, August 01, 2016

Learning VI

"School is about learning to wait your turn, however long it takes to come, if ever. And how to submit with a show of enthusiasm to the judgment of strangers, even if they are wrong, even if your enthusiasm is phony."
--John Taylor Gatto

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Menace

“People like your wife are dangerous.”

“Why?” Hamilton asked.

“They don’t belong to any group. They fool around with everything. As soon as we turn our back—”

“So you destroy them. You turn them over to the lunatic patriots.”

“The lunatic patriots,” McFeyffe said, “we can understand. But not your wife. She signs Party peace petitions and she reads the Chicago Tribune. People like her—they’re more of a menace to Party discipline than any other bunch. The cult of individualism. The idealist with his own law, his own ethics. Refusing to accept authority. It undermines society. It topples the whole structure. Nothing lasting can be built on it. People like your wife just won’t take orders.”

--Phillip K. Dick
"Eye In The Sky: (1957)

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Branch II

"The branch might seem like the fruit's origin:
In fact, the branch exist because of the fruit."
--Rumi (1207 - 1273)

Friday, July 29, 2016

Comforting

"It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved."
--Thomas Wolfe

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sincere

"At all times sincere friends of freedom have been rare,
and its triumphs have been due to minorities..."
--Lord Acton
[John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton] (1834-1902), First Baron Acton of Aldenham

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Futile II

"It is futile to fight against, if one does not know what one is fighting for."
--Ayn Rand
(1905-1982) Author
Source: Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 1966

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Apocalypse

"What's with all the cheering over the apocalypse, anyway? Oh, yay, we get to kill poor helpless humans."

"The excitement over the apocalypse had nothing to do with humans."

"Could have fooled me."

"Humans are incidental."

"Killing and destroying an entire species is incidental?" I can't help but sound like I'm accusing him (Raffe), even though I know he wasn't part of the plan to wipe us out.

Or at least, I think he wasn't personally involved, but I don't really know that, do I?

"Your people have been doing it to all kinds of species."

"That's not the same."

"Why not?"

--Susan Ee, "World After"

Monday, July 25, 2016

Salesmen

If the current polls are reliable... Nixon will be re-elected by a huge majority of Americans who feel he is not only more honest and more trustworthy than George McGovern, but also more likely to end the war in Vietnam. The polls also indicate that Nixon will get a comfortable majority of the Youth Vote. And that he might carry all fifty states... This may be the year when we finally come face to face with ourselves; finally just lay back and say it — that we are really just a nation of 220 million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns, and no qualms at all about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable. The tragedy of all this is that George McGovern, for all his mistakes... understands what a fantastic monument to all the best instincts of the human race this country might have been, if we could have kept it out of the hands of greedy little hustlers like Richard Nixon. McGovern made some stupid mistakes, but in context they seem almost frivolous compared to the things Richard Nixon does every day of his life, on purpose... Jesus! Where will it end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to be President?
--Hunter S. Thompson
"Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72" (1973)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Manage

HOW I MANAGE MY SLAVES

“If you wish to keep slaves, you must have all kinds of guards. The cheapest way to have guards is to have the slaves pay taxes to finance their own guards. To fool the slaves, you tell them that they are not slaves and that they have Freedom. You tell them they need Law and Order to protect them against bad slaves. Then you tell them to elect a Government. Give them Freedom to vote and they will vote for their own guards and pay their salary. They will then believe they are Free persons. Then give them money to earn, count and spend and they will be too busy to notice the slavery they are in.”

How I Manage My Slaves; Slaves need electricity so that they can stay up later to work and study to be able to pay their electric bills and pay for all of their fine labor saving machines which enable them to finish their work in time to get some recreation which will help them feel more like going back to their jobs to earn money to live their wonderful lives as slaves.

They are lucky to be allowed to buy all of the wonderful things which make work and play so much easier. If they didn't buy these fine things they would have no reason to work for money.

The poor people who take their food from the land and who sleep where ever they can, deprive themselves of the need to work for money. This further deprives them of a need to buy and store fine labor saving devices. They don’t seem to realize the fact that they are holding back progress. If they could be forced to consume more and work, we could increase our gross national production which is useful to keep this excellent system going for us. Consumption can be increased by making welfare and government grant money more available.

It is becoming necessary to provide better working conditions to stop slaves from dropping out. As more drop out and provide for their own needs and direct their own lives it leaves less people to control them. It is necessary to keep them dependent on jobs or government money to maintain our control.

We must find ways to keep them from dropping out of our schools too. Here we mainly teach them to obey orders, respect our laws and love their country, coincidentally, we teach them a trade or profession with which they will minister to our needs and whims or to the needs of our other servants. We could teach them on-the-job much faster and better but it takes more time to complete their obedience training.

Those who take care of their own needs are difficult to enslave. We must encourage people to become dependent in every area that it is possible to do so.

Alexander Warbucks
September 6, 1978

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Remove

"To achieve world government,
it is necessary to remove from the minds of men,
their individualism, loyalty to family traditions,
national patriotism and religious dogmas."
--Dr. G. Brock Chisolm
(1896-1971) Canadian World War I veteran, medical practitioner, first Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), first head of the World Federation of Mental Health