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.
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
By God Of Biscuits
...it takes non-christian to keep them from burning the village.
The screeching howler-monkeys seem to be winning, don't they? It's like the internet, in providing either anonymity or safe-distance, or, unfortunately, both, allows the unthinking to appear thoughtful just because they can form a sentence. It allows the shrill and unfeeling a chance to bark hateful things at fellow human beings without having to endure the consequences. It kills empathy and leaves sympathy dashed on roadside rocks. These screeders prejudice every argument with ugly names, classifications based on behavior that they themselves employ! [see: barking moonbat]
Such hypocrisy seems to be the way of things these days, doesn't it? Conservatives masquerading as compassionate. Christians howling with rage when violence fails to be employed against the sinners. Overspending and overtaxation being lauded by those who bear the brunt of it.
Blessed are the poor/meak/mournful/just/merciful/righteous/peacemakers/persecuted, right?
Such irony seems to be lost on the multitude of the multiplicitous, doesn't it? The poor supporting the party that wants corporations and the already-rich to thrive at their expense. The meek, called weak and feckless by armchair idiots for a "Strong America". The mournful who, if they are not American, are said to deserve what they get. The just, who are told loudly that it's really revenge they should demand. The merciful who are called spineless by those who look at mercy as a one-way phenomenon aimed properly only at themselves. The righteous, who, clean of heart, are not to be trusted by those who gave up hope, gave up vision and gave up independence a long long time ago. The peacemakers, who are laughed away as impotent by those who would shrink to nothing if their guns were taken away. The persecuted, who are stripped naked and pointed at and laughed at and humiliated by those who cower when a harsh accusatory light is shone on them.
Those are same people who laugh bitterly at heaven, who squat on the earth like they own it, who suspect anyone who offers comfort without the expectation of payback, who gave up on justice ages ago, who have no mercy for even misstep, who know deep in their rageful hearts that their Absentee Father in Heaven is a myth, whose vengeful hearts are emptied out on foreign sand, who would never put themselves in harm's way just to do the right thing.
These are the people who gave up on faith and traded it for a cheap substitute: dogma.
These are the people who attackAttackATTACK! because they themselves won't bear close examination.
These are the supposed human beings who have nothing to offer but a rape mentality who have nothing to offer but a Dog's Knot up your ass.
These are not human beings. They may wear the form of humanity, but they're the real killers, the real stalkers, the real danger in this world. They're the ones who have nothing to offer the world but the rot of their own self-satisfied isolation.
"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.