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.
Monday, October 25, 2004
Reality Check from K-PAX
By Mary Desmond
I hope it don't bounce. Just as Galileo challenged the geocentric theory of the solar system, it is time for K-PAX to challenge the UScentric model of the USians. There is only one planet and it is called Earth. You cannot have a separate air supply you must share all of the planet's resources, not because of socialism, or out of moral duty, but because you cannot as yet defy the laws of physics.
Certainly enjoy the celebration of the locals gathering together as you do every four years to decide on who represent your best interests in the world. But it is time to stop pretending that you can disembark from your world and enter either into the third world, or olde europe, or another orbis terrarum where the maps just read, here be monsters.
First i accept none of you are responsible for american foreign policy, none of you benefit from it, some of you might want to change it. The first illusion you have to overcome is that you are identifiable with a nation state called america. It's a bit like a huge elephant caressed by blind people. Some of you think america is a land of opportunity where every dream comes true for those who work hard and a shop will always replace a good within 30 days of purchase without any quibble. Others think america is a land of persecution, where you will never be given a fair chance, and you could never get the ghetto out of the man anyway. In one america women shop and attend parlours with on-tap plastic surgery. In another America they are trafficked as slaves. There is one planet. There is one human race. America is an outdated unhelpful UScentric model. When an american company secures a contract for reconstruction it does not line any of your pockets. A multi-national corporation understands that we live on one planet and it has no allegiance to the old idea of nation states. If its share price rises, or it gains new markets develops new commodities then that is a success for the multi-national. But in what sense is it a success for any particular american, or group of americans if US government troops vanquish Iraq or US multi-nationals get contracts to rebuild it. america will try to protect itself but how safe does it make you feel that its security forces can't tell the difference between Cat Stephens the ageing hippie pop singer and a dangerous terrorist. Naturally you will rejoice at the death of your enemies and weep at the death of your own. But what makes one human your enemy as apposed to any other human, is it because some humans are bad and some good, is it determined by their behaviour at present you seem to determine it by what flag he waives. If you think america is a concept an ideal, something about the equality of all people, about truth and justice then these values either live and breathe in the hearts and lives of the people of earth or they do not exist at all. If america is about government of the people by the people for the people then it is time you realised that there is only one people on planet earth and you began to follow through on that realisation. If you maintain the delusion that america is about a geo-political institution, then hand over all power to a machine which might better maintain the institution. There is only one planet here and one people dwell on it, but once we were gods. I come from K-PAX, but long ago we all came from stars from galaxies far far away. It is time to open your eyes and awake, the universe is a lot bigger than the big country.
"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.