Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.
But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.
Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie... a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.
Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.
John Stuart Mill
Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.
A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
Don't let schooling interfere with your education.
All generalizations are false, including this one.
A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
The Public is merely a multiplied "me."
Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial "we."
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.
Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
Otto Von Bismarck
When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.
Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.
Be polite; write diplomatically ;even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
A witty saying proves nothing.
If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.
When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics.
I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.
Philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love.
All I know is I'm not a Marxist.
The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.
Sunday, August 01, 2004
A History of Stupidity Part IX: Prelude to the Age of Arrogance
The Industrial Revolution transformed Western stupidity into a fully global aggravation. During this time, Western Civilization made little attempt to hide its shallowness. In fact, the West developed a sense of pride in its callous arrogance and haughty indifference to other people and cultures. The western mind developed into a materialistic beast best surmised by Mussolini's doltish slogan: "I don't give a damn." Indeed, it all seemed rather pointless; for all of the west's ideas, they were unable to unify themselves toward any goal besides power.
During the time of the industrial revolution, the Western mind came to a disconcerting realization: the earth was not made in six days, but six billion years. This gradual realization has not even gained full acceptance today. Theologians and Fundamentalists continue to denounce "secular myths" with righteous irrationality. Thus, an unnecessary battle between theology and science was a foot. However, the ignorant resistance to Darwin was benign compared to those who made him the apostle for their new immorality.
Racists began to cite Darwin's work -by chapter and verse- in attempts to justify genocide. Imperialists used the gospel of Darwin to rationalize their slaughter and de-facto enslavement of non-industrialized cultures. The new gospel created a grand narrative for existence that resulted in unimaginable suffering: Survival of the fittest. Indeed, the titan of Darwinistic stupidity made Christian Stupidity look like a dumb puppy. The virulent secular religion of Nationalism provided yet another replacement for Christian stupidity.
The new religion provided the European regiemes with a system of self-justification for whatever means. Anything could be deemed necessary when it was -you guessed it- for the good of the country. According to the nationalist theology, sons would be sent abroad, not for the benefit of greedy industrialists, but because national divinity was at stake in a righteous conflict. Making matters worse, Nationalism and Conflict developed a positive feedback system: Nationalism created conflict, which in turn created a need for more nationalism. This sowed the roots of World War I.
The Key Phrase was "legitimacy", which meant Nations demanding the right to interfere in the affairs of other nations, while also demanding full sovereignty to mismanage their own affairs. At the peace conferences at the Hague in 1899 and 1907 the diplomats stopped working for peace, but rather sought international laws designed to embarrass their opponents, and to make wars cheaper. World War I was on the horizon; the European powers would soon pay a horrific toll for their arrogance.
"Netpolitik is a new style of diplomacy that seeks to exploit the powerful capabilities of the Internet to shape politics, culture, values, and personal identity. But unlike Realpolitik — which seeks to advance a nation’s political interests through amoral coercion — Netpolitik traffics in “softer” issues such as moral legitimacy, culturalidentity, societal values, and public perception." - The Rise of Netpolitik
PUN-DIT (n) : A learned man; a teacher; a source of opinion; a critic: a political pundit.