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.
Thursday, October 21, 2004
These are the jokes!
By Boileryard Clarke
Every once in a while I still get outraged at what happened to Lenny Bruce, especially in the light of his being persecuted for what comics are largely allowed today in the "dirty words" category, but also by the role-reversal (I believe in my heart) I have witnessed over the last thirty years in the minds of people who used to love him.
When I was a teenager in the late 60s if you didn't know who Lenny Bruce was and what happened to him you were no-where. Out of it.
But "Lenny Bruce did exist" and the people who supported him then are most likely the same people who would put him back in jail now.
Think I'm wrong? Here's Lenny at his best...
"Let’s see. There’s two niggers, and between those two niggers sits a kike, and there’s another kike, that’s two kikes and two niggers. And there’s a spic, right? I have three kikes here, do I hear five kikes? I’ve got five kikes. Do I hear six? So I’ve got six, do I hear seven? I’ve got seven niggers, all American. I’ve passed with seven niggers, six spics, five micks, four kikes, three guineas and one wop. Ha, you wanted to punch me out, didn’t you? I’m just trying to make a point, and that is that it’s a question of the word that gives it the power of violence. If President Kennedy would just go on television and say, ‘I’d like to introduce you to all the niggers in my Cabinet,’ and if he’d just say, ‘nigger, nigger, nigger,’ every nigger he saw, ‘boogie, boogie, boogie’ ‘nigger, nigger, nigger’, so nigger didn’t mean anything any more, then you’d never be able to make some six-year-old black kid cry because somebody called him a ‘nigger’ in school."
The point is solid. The power of words to hurt and marginalize and categorize and slander is real. It exists. What makes it go away? Lenny suggests - get the mystique out of it. Words are like electricity - take the "charge" away and they're limp. That's the message in the stand-up bit captioned above.
How did you feel reading it? Uncomfortable, at least? That's natural. I felt uncomfortable typing it - and more uncomfortable because it's going to be out here on my blog for all to see. And I know there's going to be people who won't get past the "electric" words long enough to see the deal, or suggest the point could be made more politely in our (harumph) civil society.
But you know the words to the song by R.E.M. don't you? the part that goes - "Lenny Bruce is not afraid" ? Yeah.
The purveyors of PC-speech would not accept the use of the word nigger to make this point. Too much "charge." And Kike is just not done. But that's exactly why the word, and words like them, maintain their power.
The older I get, the more I see the role of the Thought Police is really to maintain the divisions and make sure no one ever "gets past it," like a paternal society of self-loathing and guilt perpetuated to freeze progress and free minds.
The words hurt because we embue them with that power and there is no other reason.
When we were teenagers, they hid Playboy too, because it would effect your mind looking at that stuff - which made it all the more sought-after. And that film of some reprobate cracker standing against his '55 Ford talking about Rock-and-Roll like - "We don't want tuh hear none of that thar communistic nigger be-bop on arr rahdioh" - we laugh at it - but we don't play it any more either.
Why, we even forget the words have other meanings... and we have all become niggers to an artificial moral consciousness that puts more stock in the superficial than the depth.
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