Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Stand IV

"People often ask me where I stand politically. It's not that I disagree with Bush's economic policy or his foreign policy, it's that I believe he was a child of Satan sent here to destroy the planet Earth. Little to the left."
--Bill Hicks (November 11, 1992)

Monday, June 27, 2016

Illegalization

"Those who suffer from the abuse of drugs have themselves to blame for it. This does not mean that society is absolved from active concern for their plight. It does mean that their plight is subordinate to the plight of those citizens who do not experiment with drugs but whose life, liberty, and property are substantially affected by the illegalization of the drugs sought after by the minority."
--William F. Buckley

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sinkpit

"Explain it," Hamilton muttered. "This place--this bar. Why doesn’t God erase it? If this world operates by moral laws--"

"This bar is necessary to the moral order. This is a sinkpit of corruption and vice, a fleshpot of iniquity. You think salvation can function without damnation? You think virtue can exist without sin? That’s the trouble with you atheists; you don’t grasp the mechanics of evil. Get on the inside and enjoy life, man. If you’re one of the Faithful, you’ve got nothing to worry about."

"Opportunist."

"Bet your sweet soul."

--Philip K. Dick
"Eye in the Sky" (1957)

Answerable

"Whose property is my body? Probably mine. I so regard it. If I experiment with it, who must be answerable? I, not the State. If I choose injudiciously, does the State die? Oh no."
--Mark Twain

Friday, June 24, 2016

Communicate

"Animals can communicate quite well. And they do. And generally speaking, they are ignored"
--Alice Walker

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Perpetual VI

"The state of perpetual emptiness is, of course, very good for business."
--Lewis Lapham,
"Money And Class In America" (1989)
    

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Code

"What on earth prompted you to take a hand in this?"
"I don't know. My...my code of morals, perhaps."
"Your code of morals. What code, if I may ask?"
"Comprehension."

--Albert Camus,
"The Plague" (1947)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Manufacturing

"Schooling is a manufacturing process whereby the raw material called curious boys is turned into products called obedient men."
--Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Monday, June 20, 2016

Bust

"You can't save free markets by socialism, I don't know where this idea ever came from. You save free markets by promoting free markets and sound money and balanced budgets. The whole reason why nobody wants to address the real problem is, we're spending a trillion dollars a year overseas running an empire, and it's coming to an end. This country is bankrupt, and we won't admit it. Eventually though, the dollar will go bust, and we will bring our troops home, and we will live within our means, but we ought to do it sensibly, rather than waiting for the collapse of the dollar, and this is what we're doing, we're on the verge of destroying our dollar. And then, you think we have problems now, problems then will be a lot worse, it'd look like the Weimar Republic, or a third world nation. And a lot of people know that, and they're scared to death, but we don't need to be making the problem worse by just propping up everything with more government programs, more inflation, and more helicopters, it won't work."

--Dr. Ron Paul
(1935-) American physician, US Congressman (R-TX), US Presidential candidate
Source: Fox Business Network, October 14, 2008  

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Except

"He had, in fact, got everything from the church and Sunday School, except, perhaps, any longing whatever for decency and kindness and reason."
--Sinclair Lewis
"Elmer Gantry" (1927)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Effective III

"The people of a nation are enslaved when, together, they are helpless to institute effective change, when the people serve the government more than the government serves them."
--Gerry Spence
"We, the People, the New American Slaves", p. 8

Friday, June 17, 2016

Sufficient

"The shocking possibility that dumb people don't exist in sufficient numbers to warrant the millions of careers devoted to tending them will seem incredible to you. Yet that is my central proposition: the mass dumbness which justifies official schooling first had to be dreamed of; it isn't real."
--John Taylor Gatto
(1937-) American school teacher of 29 years, author, New York State Teacher of the Year, 1991
Source: The Underground History of American Education, 2001

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Technology III

"We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works."
--Douglas Adams
"The Salmon of Doubt : Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time" (2002)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Artist III

"You start to think, when you’re younger, how important everything is and how things have to go right--your job, your career, your life, your choices, and all of that. Then, after a while, you start to realise that--I’m talking the big picture here--eventually you die, and eventually the sun burns out and the earth is gone, and eventually all the stars and all the planets in the entire universe go, disappear, and nothing is left at all. Nothing--Shakespeare and Beethoven and Michelangelo gone. And you think to yourself that there’s a lot of noise and sound and fury--and where’s it going? It’s not going any place--Now, you can’t actually live your life like that, because if you do you just sit there and--why do anything? Why get up in the morning and do anything? So I think it’s the job of the artist to try and figure out why, given this terrible fact, you want to go on living."
-Woody Allen
Interview with France 24 (2010).

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Letters

"One can never rely on the great keeping one's letters; and should those letters vanish, one is apt to be remembered only as the mysterious half of a dialogue to be reconstructed in the vaguest way from the surviving (and sometimes lesser!) half of the exchange."
--Gore Vidal, "Julian"
Chapter 1, Libanius to Priscus, Antioch March 380

Monday, June 13, 2016

Collapsed

‘Of the 22 civilizations that have appeared in history, 19 of them collapsed when they reached the moral state America is in today.’
--Arnold Toynbee, April 14, 1889 - October 22, 1975
Author of the 12 volume "A Study Of History"

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Successively

"After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd."
--Alexis de Tocqueville
[Alexis Charles Henri Maurice Clerel, le Comte de Tocqueville] (1805-1859) French historian
Source: Democracy in America, Vol. II (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1899), Chap. 6

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Compassion II

"In U.S. politics, 'compassion' means giving money and privileges
to well organized interest groups at everyone else's expense."
--Paul Craig Roberts
(1939- ) Economist, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration ("Father of Reaganomics"), former editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Scripps Howard News Service.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Game II

"Socialism itself can hope to exist only for brief periods here and there, and then only through the exercise of the extremest terrorism. For this reason it is secretly preparing itself for rule through fear and is driving the word “justice” into the heads of the half-educated masses like a nail so as to rob them of their reason... and to create in them a good conscience for the evil game they are to play."
--Friedrich Nietzsche
(1844-1900)
Source: Human, All Too Human

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Mugger

"If something is wrong for you or me, it is also wrong for the cop, the soldier, the mayor, the governor, the general, the Fed chairman, the president. Theft does not become acceptable when they call it taxation, counterfeiting when they call it monetary policy, kidnapping when they call it the draft, mass murder when they call it foreign policy. We understand that it is never acceptable to wield violence nor the threat of violence against the innocent, whether by the mugger or the politician."
--Lew Rockwell

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Robbed

"You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything he’s no longer in your power--he’s free again."
--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
"The First Circle" (1968)

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Orthodoxies

"He is laughing, with a touch of anger in his laughter, but no triumph, no malignity. It is the face of a man who is always fighting against something, but who fights in the open and is not frightened, the face of a man who is generously angry--in other words, of a nineteenth-century liberal, a free intelligence, a type hated with equal hatred by all the smelly little orthodoxies which are now contending for our souls."
--George Orwell,
"Charles Dickens" (1939), Inside the Whale and Other Essays (1940)

Monday, June 06, 2016

Good VII

My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.

Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world.

As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:

    Some men see things as they are and say why.
    I dream things that never were and say why not.

--Edward M. Kennedy
Eulogy For Robert F. Kennedy, November 20, 1925 - June 6, 1968

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Heard

"Hand in hand with freedom of speech goes the power to be heard, to share in the decisions of government which shape men's lives. Everything that makes man's life worthwhile--family, work, education, a place to rear one's children and a place to rest one's head--all this depends on the decisions of government; all can be swept away by a government which does not heed the demands of its people, and I mean all of its people. Therefore, the essential humanity of men can be protected and preserved only where government must answer--not just to the wealthy, not just to those of a particular religion, or a particular race, but to all its people."
--Robert F. Kennedy
"Day Of Affirmation" speech, June 6, 1966

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Muhammad Ali, January 17, 1942 - June 3, 2016

Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?

No, I am not going ten thousand miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would put my prestige in jeopardy and could cause me to lose millions of dollars which should accrue to me as the champion.

But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is right here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality.

If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. But I either have to obey the laws of the land or the laws of Allah. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail. We’ve been in jail for four hundred years.

--Muhammad Ali, March, 1967

Enforcement

"Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on."
--Robert F. Kennedy,
"The Pursuit of Justice" (1964)

Friday, June 03, 2016

Growth

"Growth has polluted our water and poisoned our air, and stripped us of contact with sunlight, trees, and lakes. Government has foundered as new agencies have proliferated, splitting tasks and energies among dozens of distant and unconnected bureaus. Individuals have lost touch with the institutions of society, even with one another; and thus have become more and more both perpetrators and victims of coldness, cruelty, and violence."
--Robert F. Kennedy

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Underdeveloped

"We must turn the power and resources of our private enterprise system to the underdeveloped nation within our midst.

This should be done by bringing into the ghettos themselves productive and profitable private industry creating dignified jobs, not welfare handouts, for the men and youth who now languish in idleness."

--Robert F. Kennedy

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Purpose VII

"The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better."
--Robert F. Kennedy

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Appellatives

"Among the several cloudy appellatives
which have been commonly employed as cloaks for misgovernment,
there is none more conspicuous in this atmosphere of illusion
than the word 'Order'."
--Jeremy Bentham
(1748-1832) English jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer
Source: The Book of Fallacies, 1824

Monday, May 30, 2016

Ornamented

"And the city was lovely, highly ornamented, like Paris, and untouched by war. It was supposedly an 'open' city, not to be attacked since there were no troop concentrations or war industries there. But high explosives were dropped on Dresden by American and British planes on the night of February 13, 1945, just about twenty-one years ago, as I now write. There were no particular targets for the bombs. The hope was that they would create a lot of kindling and drive firemen underground. And then tens of thousands of tiny incendiaries were scattered over the kindling, like seeds on freshly turned loam. More bombs were dropped to keep firemen in their holes, and all the little fires grew, joined one another, became one apocalyptic flame. Hey presto: fire storm. It was the largest massacre in European history, by the way. ...Everything was gone but the cellars where 135,000 Hansels and Gretels had been baked like gingerbread men."
--Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
"Mother Night", Introduction (1966)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Treaty

"In the treaty were provisions for the hundred thousand veterans left maimed and irrevocably mute throughout the city. As is the way of things, their sacred places and comforts have dwindled to a lonely strip of shoreline and a polite nod whenever they are passed in the street."
--Catherynne M. Valente, "Palimpsest"

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Injury

"Many veterans feel guilty because they lived while others died. Some feel ashamed because they didn’t bring all their men home and wonder what they could have done differently to save them. When they get home they wonder if there’s something wrong with them because they find war repugnant but also thrilling. They hate it and miss it.Many of their self-judgments go to extremes. A comrade died because he stepped on an improvised explosive device and his commander feels unrelenting guilt because he didn’t go down a different street. Insurgents used women and children as shields, and soldiers and Marines feel a totalistic black stain on themselves because of an innocent child’s face, killed in the firefight. The self-condemnation can be crippling."
--David Brooks,
The Moral Injury, New York Times. Feb 17, 2015