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"It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth to justice and to expose lies."  Noam Chomsky

 

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“Everyone is entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts.”  Sen. Daniel Moynihan  

 

“Education is what’s left after all we’ve memorized has been forgotten.”  Robert M. Hutchins

 

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?”  Mahatma Gandhi

 

"People denounce the war while preserving the type of society that makes it inevitable."  George Orwell

 

“Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in a government?  Is it not possible to take a step further towards recognizing and organizing the rights of man?  There will never be a free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.”  Henry David Thoreau

 

“We must love one another or die.”  Poet W. H. Auden [September 1, 1939]

 

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"He not busy being born, is busy dying."  Bob Dylan

 

“…the final measure of your life won't be how well you live - but how well others live, because of you."  Bill Gates, 2007 Graduation Guest Speaker, St. George College

“. . . a democratic education gives students the kind of information that will enable them to have a power of their own in society.”  Howard Zinn

"While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens within us."  Ben Franklin

"We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes, and our ravages. But our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to fight them in ourselves and in others." Albert Camus (The Rebel)

"In God We Trust; All Others Must Bring Data."  W. Edwards Deming

“. . . the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise.  Seek what they sought." Matuso Basho

"I believe that throughout my career I have respected what is most sacred in a child: the right to seek out his own truth." Louis Germain  [Albert Camus' teacher/mentor/friend]

"Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism and militarism. . ." Martin Luther King Jr. [Beyond Vietnam speech, April 4th, 1967]

"Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it."  Albert Einstein

"We're all Africans in different shades of color."  Dolores Huerta

"The master class has always declared the wars, the subject class has always fought the battles."  Sp. Ct. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes [while affirming the 10-year sentence of Eugene Victor Debbs]

"Terrorism is a part of the dark side of globalization. It is a part of doing business in the world, business we as Americans are not going to stop doing." Secretary of State Colin Powell ["New Terror Task Force," CBS News, May 8, 2001]

"The one thing we can say about George W. Bush is we will be forever in his debt." US Rep Rahm Emanuel [D-Ill.]

"I trust God speaks through me.  Without that, I couldn't do my job."  President George W. Bush, July 9, 2004


"Political language . . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

 

When Vanzetti was arrested, he had a leaflet in his pocket advertising a meeting to take place in five days. It is a leaflet that could be distributed today, all over the world, as appropriate now as it was the day of their arrest. It readYou have fought all the wars. You have worked for all the capitalists. You have wandered over all the countries. Have you harvested the fruits of your labors, the price of your victories? Does the past comfort you? Does the present smile on you? Does the future promise you anything? Have you found a piece of land where you can live like a human being and die like a human being? On these questions, on this argument, and on this theme, the struggle for existence, Bartolomeo Vanzetti will speakHoward Zinn

"Outstanding minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and poor minds discuss people."  Proverb

". . . refuse to settle for simple explanations for complex problems. . . . Honest history answers our questions only by asking something of us in return."  Text author Edward L. Ayers

 

“Dr. Nash talked about how at 16 he had a 16 year old answer for a specific question.  At 18 his answer was a bit better, at 23 a bit better, and at 26 he had a 26 year old answer.  He talked about how you can’t expect an 18 year old to have a 26 year old answer; the knowledge comes with time, study and experience which is what the class you are taking is for – to help you reach the better answer.”  Margaret Kerber  [This is her Spring 2006 written answer to an exam extra credit question about Dr. Roderick Nash.]


“The majority rules and law rests on numbers, not on intellect or virtue. . . while theoretically holding that no vote of the majority can authorize injustice, we practically consider public opinion the real test of what is true and false; and hence, as a result, the fact which Tocqueville has noticed, that practically our institutions protect, not the interest of the whole community but the interests of the majority.” Abolitionist Wendell Phillips

 

“I cannot share the hopes of the Bolsheviks any more that those of the Egyptian anchorites; I regard both as tragic delusions, destined to bring upon the world centuries of darkness and futile violence. . . The principles of the Sermon on the Mount are admirable, but their effect upon average human nature was very different from what was intendedThose who followed Christ did not learn to love their enemies or to turn the other cheek.”  Bertrand Russell, summer of 1920 after a one month visit to the Soviet Union
 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.  Margaret Mead

 

"And in the general hardening of outlook that set in . . . practices which had been long abandoned - imprisonment without trial, the use of war prisoners as slaves, public executions, torture to extract confessions . . . and the deportation of whole populations - not only became common again, but were tolerated and even defended by people who considered themselves enlightened and progressive."  George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four

 

"You teach a child to read and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test." President George W. Bush Feb 21, 2001

 

"It is uncertain if we have the national leadership and the collective intelligence and will to confront issues that can't simply be solved by avoidance or the 'invisible hand' of the free market."   Dr. Randal Beeman

 

"Justice, justice . . . both for the ends and the means."  Ron Suskind

"Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate." Bertrand Russell, English Logician and Philosopher (1872-1970

"Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all . . ."  Jane Addams

 

"We're all Africans in different shades of color."  Dolores Huerta

 

"If any question why we died, tell them, because our fathers lied."  Rudyard Kipling

 

"Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue --- to the end that we should hear and see more than we speak."  Socrates

"The very essence of the Nuremberg charter is that individuals have international duties which transcend national obligations of obedience imposed by the state."  Justice Robert Jackson [about the Nuremberg trials]

"When he signed the [torture prohibition] legislation, Bush issued a signing statement saying he planned to construe the McCain amendment's absolute prohibition on cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment 'in a manner consistent with the constitutional authority of the president to supervise the unitary executive branch and as commander in chief and consistent with the constitutional limitations on the judicial power, which will assist in achieving the shared objective … of protecting the American people from further terrorist attacks'."  Rosa Brooks

 

"Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."-- Machiavelli
 

“In war, truth is the first casualty.”  Aeschylus

 

"The first casualty when war comes is truth."  Hiram W Johnson [1917]

 

"A leader or an interest that can make itself master of current symbols is master of the current situation." Walter Lippmann, Public Opinion

 

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."  President Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 16, 1953

 

"Be the change you propose for the world."  Mohandas Gandhi

 

"It is of great consequence to disguise your inclination and to play the hypocrite well; and men are so simple in their temper and so submissive to their present necessity that he that is neat and cleanly in his collusions shall never want people to practice them upon." Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince

 

"I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of expression as in America."  Alexis de Tocqueville [1830s]

 

"What questions are worth asking?"  Barrington Moore, Jr. [Harvard professor's question of his grad students]

 

“Intent to deceive is a lie.”  Senator John Edward

 

"The difference between a politician and a statesman is: A politician thinks of the next election, and a statesman thinks of the next generation."  James F. Clarke

 

"Charity is a matter of personal attribute, justice is a matter of public policy. Never can the first be a substitute for the second." William Sloan Coffin

“See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.”  President George W. Bush, May 24, 2005

"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are ... a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."  President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1954

 

"There's an old saying in Tennessee-- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee-- that says 'fool me once, shame on-- shame on you.  You fool me -- can't get fooled again.'" President George W. Bush, September 17, 2002

 

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.“ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I like guys who've never been there that criticize us who've been there. I like that. I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and send people to war, and then don't like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done. I resent the fact, on Veterans Day, he [Bush] criticized Democrats for criticizing them."  Democratic congressional hawk John Murtha  

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."  Benjamin Franklin

 

"Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one." A.J. Liebling  

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. “  Jorge Luis Borges

"The Bush administration makes no secret that it sees the Iraq war as the prototype for future conflicts… Pre-emption remains the Bush doctrine. Witness Donald Rumsfeld's revealing remarks in Munich last week. Asked whether America is bound by any international system, legal framework or code of conduct, the US defense secretary replied: 'I honestly believe that every country ought to do what it wants to do ... It either is proud of itself afterwards, or it is less proud of itself.' Translation: the US can do what it likes -- including making war on countries that have made no attack on it." (Jonathan Freedland, This war is not yet over, the Guardian)  Posted online February 22, 2004

"Outstanding minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people."  Proverb

“They asked if I’d fight for my country.
I answered the FBI yeah,
I will point a gun for my country,
But I won’t guarantee you which way.”
Woody Guthrie  [Source:  Pete Seeger -- an original ad lib verse, sung to Acres of Clams
]

"We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield."  George Orwell [1946 essay "In Front of Your Nose."]

"If I had lost the war, I would have been tried as a war criminal."  US WWII General Curtis LeMay

Be Angry at the Sun [1941] 
"That public men publish falsehoods
Is nothing new. That America must accept
Like the historical republics corruption and empire
Has been known for years. . . .

Be angry at the sun for setting
If these things anger you. Watch the wheel slope and turn,
They are all bound on the wheel, these people, those warriors.
This republic, Europe, Asia.

Let boys want pleasure, and men
Struggle for power, and women perhaps for fame,
And the servile to serve a Leader and the dupes to be duped.
Yours is not theirs."
  Robinson Jeffers

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin

"The biggest cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid people are so sure about things and the intelligent folks are so full of doubts."  -- Bertrand Russell

"An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so."  Mohandas K. Gandhi

"
Truth never damages a cause that is just." Mohandas K. Gandhi

Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in a government?  Is it not possible to take a step further towards recognizing and organizing the rights of man?  There will never be a free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.”  Henry David Thoreau

"The power of Love, as the basis of a State, has never been tried. . .  There will always be a government of force where men are selfish."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. . . .  In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves.  The process never ends until we die.  And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”  —Eleanor Roosevelt 

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain

"My father wasn't very special. He was an ordinary person who did extraordinary things. We both knew that." Anthony Chavez [son of Cesar Chavez]

"When we are really honest with ourselves, we must admit that our lives are all that really belong to us. So it is how we use our lives that determines what kind of men we are. It is my deepest belief that only by giving our lives do we find life. I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of manliness is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally non-violent struggle for justice. To be a man is to suffer for others. God help us to be men!" Cesar Chavez [From Cesar Chavez: Autobiography of La Causa by Jacques E. Levy, 1975

 

“Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made the agents of injustice.” Henry David Thoreau

 

". . . We have about 50% of the world's wealth, but only 6.3% of its population. . . In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming, and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objective. We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction. . . We should cease to talk about vague and -- for the Far East -- unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better."
George Kennan, Head of the State Dept planning staff in the early post-World War II period (This was a top secret internal document written in 1948.)

 

"The great aim of the struggle for liberty has been equality before the law." F. A. Hayek, Nobel Laureate in Economic Science

 

"Charity is a matter of personal attribute, justice is a matter of public policy. Never can the first be a substitute for the second." William Sloan Coffin

". . . as Galileo said of his declaration that the Earth revolves around the sun: 'With sincere heart and unfeigned faith I abjure, curse and detest the aforesaid errors and heresies, and generally every other error and sect whatsoever contrary to the said Holy Church, and I swear that in the future I will never again say or assert, verbally or in writing, anything that might furnish occasion for a similar suspicion regarding me'." Jonathan Chait

"I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit that right. I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place."  Sir Winston Churchill

 

"If we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. ... If the nation expects to be ignorant and free ... it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson

"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge. I mean the characters and conduct of their rulers." -- John Adams

"A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." -- James Madison

 

"The end of all education should surely be service to others."  Cesar E. Chavez

 

"Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living."  Mary Harris "Mother" Jones

 

"There is nothing but a lack of social vision to prevent us from paying an adequate wage to every American citizen whether he be a hospital worker, laundry worker, maid, or day laborer."  Martin Luther King, Jr. [Where Do We Go From Here?]

“. . . There was not a family in that whole [Indian] nation that had not a home of its own. There was not a pauper in that nation, and the nation did not owe a dollar. . . It built its own schools and its hospitals. Yet the defect of the system was apparent. They have got as far as they can go, because they own their land in common. . . There is not enterprise to make your home any better than that of your neighbors. There is no selfishness, which is at the bottom of civilization.” --- Senator Henry Dawes, author of the act that broke up Indian reservations into small private possessions [today’s privatization?] in the 1880s after a visit to the Cherokee Nation.

The majority rules and law rests on numbers, not on intellect or virtue. . . while theoretically holding that no vote of the majority can authorize injustice, we practically consider public opinion the real test of what is true and false; and hence, as a result, the fact which Tocqueville has noticed, that practically our institutions protect, not the interest of the whole community but the interests of the majority.”  Abolitionist Wendell Phillips

"A penny saved is a penny earned."  Benjamin Franklin

 

"The students are a bulwark of liberty and its strongest army."  José Marti

 

"You teach a child to read and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test."  President George W. Bush, Feb 21, 2001

"Other historians relate facts to inform us of facts.  You relate them to excite in our hearts an intense hatred of lying, ignorance, hypocrisy, superstition, tyranny; and the anger remains even after the memory of the facts has disappeared."  Diderot, writing of Voltaire

“I think that in the long run, our non-violent approach and the moral supremacy of the Czechoslovak people over the aggressor had, and still has moral significance.  In retrospect it could be said that the peaceful approach may have contributed to the breakup of the ‘aggressive’ bloc. . . . My conviction that moral considerations have their place in politics does not follow simply from the fact that small countries must be moral because they do not have the ability to strike aback at bigger powers.  Without morality it is not possible to speak of international law.  To disregard moral principles in the realm of politics would be a return to the law of the jungle.”  Alexander Dubček, August 1990

"We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.  Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield."   George Orwell [1946 essay "In Front of Your Nose."]

“A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion.  Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious.  On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.”  Aristotle, 384-322 B.C.

 

'No nation in the history of the world has ever escaped this level of indebtedness.' -- Harry Chernoff, economist at Pathfinder Capital Advisors [November 19, 2004]

 

"[W]hen a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most elemental--men whose whole thinking is done in terms of emotion, and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot understand. So confronted, the candidate must either bark with the pack or be lost... [A]ll the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre--the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." - H. L. Mencken, in the Baltimore Sun, July 26, 1920.

 

"Remember Smedley Butler?  He was perhaps the most decorated Major General in Marine Corps history.  In the early part of this century, he fought and killed for the United States around the world.  Butler was awarded two Congressional Medals of Honor.  Then, when he returned to the United States he wrote a book titled "War is a Racket" which opens with the memorable lines: 'War is a racket. It always has been. . . . I was a high class muscleman for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers,'  Butler said. 'In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.  In a speech in 1933, Butler said the following:  'I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested'."  Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman

 

Paul in his Letter to the Romans:  "The commandments, `Do not commit adultery,' `Do not murder,' `Do not steal,' `Do not covet,' and whatever other commandments there may be, are summed up in this one rule: `Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

 

"The one thing we can say about George W. Bush is we will be forever in his debt."  US Rep Rahm Emanuel [D-Ill.]

 

"When you look at a corporation, just like when you look at a slave owner, you want to distinguish between the institution and the individual. So slavery, for example, or other forms of tyranny, are inherently monstrous. But the individuals participating in them may be the nicest guys you can imagine - benevolent, friendly, nice to their children, even nice to their slaves, caring about other people. I mean as individuals they may be anything. In their institutional role, they're monsters, because the institution's monstrous. And the same is true here."  Noam Chomsky

 

"If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money it values more, it will lose that too."  "Strictly Personal,: W. Somerset Maugham, Saturday Evening Post, March 22, 1941

 

I know if I don’t write about something within a couple of years it will be lost in these piles. The trouble is, all of us feel like this. You’re so far out of the mainstream that the few people who follow these issues closely and who write about them know that if they don’t deal with something, it’s out of history.” Noam Chomsky

The real danger to a democracy is one official history [perhaps written to justify the status quo or to emphasize an intentional distortion]. George Orwell understood the magnitude of this threat, writing in his classic novel, 1984: "Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past."

That which we remember is, more often than not, that which we would like to have been; or that which we hope to be. Thus our memory and our identity are ever at odds; our history ever a tall tale told by inattentive idealists. Ralph Ellison (1964)

"Democratic societies tend to become more concerned with what people believe than with what is true, to become more concerned with credibility than with truth." Daniel Boorstin

"On a visit to Europe a few days before he was assassinated by elite government forces in San Salvador in November 1989, Father Ignacio Ellacuria, rector of the University of Central America, addressed the West on the underlying issues. You 'have organized' your lives around inhuman values, he said. These values 'are inhuman because they cannot be universalized. The system rests on a few using the majority of the resources, while the majority can't even cover their basic necessities. It is crucial to define a system of values and a norm of living that takes into account every human being." Noam Chomsky

"Our political culture has a conception of democracy that differs from that of the Brazilian bishops. For them, democracy means that citizens would have the opportunity to inform themselves, to take part in inquiry and discussion and policy formation, and to advance their programs through political action. For us, democracy is more narrowly conceived: the citizen is a consumer and observer but not a participant. The public has the right to ratify policies that originate elsewhere, but if these limits are exceeded, we have not democracy, but a 'crisis of democracy,' which must somehow be resolved." Noam Chomsky

". . . [T]here is no reason why the new totalitarianisms should resemble the old. Government by clubs and firing squads, by artificial famine, mass imprisonment and mass deportation is not merely inhuman: it is demonstrably inefficient, and in an age of advanced technology, inefficiency is a sin against the Holy Ghost. A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and school teachers."
Aldous Huxley

 

"What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures, to make manhood more noble, womanhood more beautiful, and childhood more happy and bright."  Samuel Gompers, AFL-CIO

 

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."  President Dwight D. Eisenhower    April 16, 1953

 

"We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield."   George Orwell [1946 essay "In Front of Your Nose."]

 

"One's feelings waste themselves in words, they ought to be distilled into actions and into actions that bring results."  Florence Nightingale

 

"To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is  research." Steven Wright

 

"Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit atrocities." Voltaire

 

 “Two major questions of ethics in international relations are the question of who the subject of morality is – individuals, groups or states – and the question of what duties such subjects have beyond borders.  Accordingly, writers on the ethics of international relations tend to fall into three categories.  At one extreme are the realists who, while not completely rejecting morality, believe that states are the dominant actors in world affairs and that the only appropriate behaviour in international affairs is the pursuit of national interest, and the balance of power.  In this view, one’s responsibility to fellow citizens far outweighs the obligation to human beings in general.  At the other extreme are the cosmopolitans, who assert that individuals, not states, are the ultimate subjects of morality and that values and responsibilities transcend borders.  Cosmopolitans also believe that moral principles are authoritative; where demands of morality conflict with those of sovereignty, the former take precedence over the latter.  In between the realists and the cosmopolitans are the internationalists for whom states have a privileged moral status but who claim that states are bound by the principle of respect for the sovereignty of other states.”   Patrick Hayden

 

"Learning is not compulsory. Neither is survival." -- W. Edwards Deming, business consultant and author

"When we are really honest with ourselves, we must admit that our lives are all that really belong to us. So it is how we use our lives that determines what kind of men we are. It is my deepest belief that only by giving our lives do we find life. I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of manliness is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally non-violent struggle for justice. To be a man is to suffer for others. God help us to be men!"  Cesar Chavez Autobiography of La Causa by Jacques E. Levy, 1975

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax."  Abraham Lincoln

  "Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul. . ."  Thomas Paine

 

"Solitary, singing in the West, I strike up for a new world."  Walt Whitman

 

"I am not afraid to dream, nor am I afraid to have a different dream."      May Oo

 

"In California you can do some surprising things legally.  You can buy videos of people engaged in anal sex; decorate your shop window with the paraphernalia of sado-masochism; or  buy a gun that will blast a hole in a steel door.  Given a doctor's certificate, you can even buy marijuana.  But, as from January 1st, you can't light up a cigarette in a bar without breaking the law."   - The Economist  January 10, 1998

 "Everything can be taken from us but one thing - the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given circumstance." Victor Frankel

"The Bush administration makes no secret that it sees the Iraq war as the prototype for future conflicts… Pre-emption remains the Bush doctrine. Witness Donald Rumsfeld's revealing remarks in Munich last week. Asked whether America is bound by any international system, legal framework or code of conduct, the US defense secretary replied: 'I honestly believe that every country ought to do what it wants to do ... It either is proud of itself afterwards, or it is less proud of itself.' Translation: the US can do what it likes -- including making war on countries that have made no attack on it." (Jonathan Freedland, This war is not yet over, the Guardian)  [Posted online February 22, 2004]

"I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist"  Henry Kissinger about Chile in early 1970s.

 "Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul. . ." Thomas Paine

 

"The very essence of the Nuremberg charter is that individuals have international duties which transcend national obligations of obedience imposed by the state."  Justice Robert Jackson [about the Nuremberg trials]

 

Example is not one of the ways to influence others; it is the only way.”  Albert Schweitzer

 

"Only a life lived for others is a life worth while. . . . Never do anything against conscience, even if the state demands it.Albert Einstein

 

"An eye for an eye would make the whole world blind."  Mahatma Gandhi

 

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."  President Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 16, 1953

"The mass media, the business world, and the intellectual community in general, tend to line up in support of concentrated power - which in the US is state and corporate power."  Noam Chomsky

"The US is the only country in the world that has been condemned by the World Court for international terrorism. The words they used were:  "unlawful use of force" in their war against Nicaragua. That's international terrorism. There were two Security Council resolutions supporting that judgment. The US of course vetoed them. And that was no small terrorist war. It practically destroyed the country."  Noam Chomsky

London mayor  Ken Livingstone welcomed US President Bush to London on Nov. 18, 2003 with the following words: "I actually think that Bush is the greatest threat to life on this planet that we've most probably ever seen."

"All of us have heard this term 'preventive war' since the earliest days of Hitler. I recall that is about the first time I heard it. In this day and time...I don't believe there is such a thing; and, frankly, I wouldn't even listen to anyone seriously that came in and talked about such a thing.President Dwight Eisenhower, 1953, upon being presented with plans to wage a preventive war to disarm Stalin's Soviet Union

"Our position is that whatever grievances a nation may have, however objectionable it finds the status quo, aggressive warfare is an illegal means for settling those grievances or for altering those conditions."  Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, the American prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials, in his opening statement to the tribunal"

"Why of course the people don't want war... but, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship ... voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."  Herman Goering, Nuremberg 1946

It is not the critic that counts; not the one who points out how the strong person stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself or herself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he or she fails, at least while daring greatly, so that his or her place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt

"Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so, whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose -- and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after you have given him so much … [power]. If, today, he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada, to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, 'I see no probability of the British invading us' but he will say to you, 'Be silent; I see it, if you don't.'" Congressman Abraham Lincoln during era of "Polk's War"  (Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1832-1858, The Library of America)

“Though we become hysterical at the thought that someone might bomb us, bombs that we explode elsewhere, in little countries far away, are just theater, of small consequence, another public performance of our White House, the event factory.”  Paul Theroux, Dark Star Safari [page 12]

I shall be telling this
with a sigh
Somewhere ages and
ages hence:
Two roads diverged in
a wood, and I-
I took the one
less traveled by,
And that has made
all the difference.

Robert Frost

"God alone knows the future, but only an historian can alter the past."-- Ambrose Bierce

"History teaches everything including the future."--Lamartine

"Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."-- Machiavelli

"History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future."--Robert Penn Warren

"Democracy is a beautiful thing, and that people are allowed to express their opinion." George W. Bush [February 17, 2003]

"Two major questions of ethics in international relations are the question of who the subject of morality is -- individuals, groups or states -- and the question of what duties such subjects have beyond borders.  Patrick Hayden

 

"The secret to education lies in respecting the pupil." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Educational administrators ... "lead, organize, plan, supervise, understand the needs of faculty and the learning process, and value institutional governance based upon a genuine sharing of responsibility with colleagues." AB1725

 

"Politicians are like weather vanes.  It's our job to make the wind blow."  David Brower

 

"There's an old saying in Tennessee -- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee -- that says 'fool me once, shame on -- shame on you.  You fool me -- can't get fooled again."  President George W. Bush  [He was attempting to save the famous:  "Fool me once -- shame on you.  Fool me twice -- shame on me!"]

 

"In 2002, John DiIulio, the former director of Bush's faith-based initiative, criticized the administration. 'There is no precedent in any modern White House for what is going on in this one: a complete lack of a policy apparatus. What you've got is everything, and I mean everything, being run by the political arm,' he said, fleshing out the critique with damning details. The next day, DiIulio announced that 'my criticisms were groundless and baseless due to poorly chosen words and examples. I sincerely apologize and am deeply remorseful'."  Jonathan Chait

 

Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals


“ . . . the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.”

“The second rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people.”

“The third rule is: Wherever possible go outside of the experience of your enemy.”

“The fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.”

“. . . the fifth rule: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”

“The sixth rule is: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.”

“The seventh rule: A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.”

“The eighth rule: Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.”

“The ninth rule: The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”

“The tenth rule: The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.”

“The eleventh rule is: If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside. . . .

We have already seen the conversion of the negative into the positive, in Mahatma Gandhi’s development of the tactic of passive resistance.”
 

“The twelfth rule: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”
 

 “The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

The real action is in the enemy’s reaction. . . . The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength. . . .

Tactics, like organization, like life, require that you move with the action.”