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    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.

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    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.

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    All generalizations are false, including this one.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Thursday, October 14, 2004

    Up Is Down, Black Is White

    By Boileryard Clarke

    The basis of American Conservatism rests in the hallmarks of limited government. The United States was born of distrust of taxation and central power. The fraud that was Britain, that still had two hundred years more to run in the full flower of its humanitarian facade, was the outward lie of its claim that it stood for law and freedom as it piled its plunder in Scrooge-like counting houses and denied the humanity of every race but their own.

    In the latter stages of the 20th century the United States found itself a full-fledged success story. Her general living standards amongst the highest of equally massive nations (smaller nations owned better standards, but these forever had less variables to assuage), she stood at the pinnacle of her power. Her former enemies were cowed. Her affiliates well satisfied. Her long-ago master nothing more than her 51st state.

    But in exchange for this ravenous glory every last principle that urged the patriots of 1776 into covenants and conspiracies against a world power they had no business beating was betrayed. The plain and simple truth is the legacy of American Conservatism has been sublimated by a spiteful, hate-filled, jingoistic, brutal authoritarianism that replaces principle with politics and liberty with subservience.

    And at the forefront of this treason to conservative principles - and America itself - smirks the Republican Party and the Neocon Philosophers who happily spin the dials behind the talking robots and shills that pass for patriots in an age bereft of American Memory beyond what bombs may do and imperious brats may pronounce despite all reason and the proofs of history.

    It isn't a matter of "Conservatives," for they hardly exist in truth any more. We see, at the apex of this supremacy a relatively new creature - the Neocon.

    How to explain?

    The single most glaring difference between "Conservatives" and "Neocons" was explained in an article published in the Christian Science Monitor titled "Neocon 101".

    Simply put, "Today, both conservatives and neocons favor a robust US military. But most conservatives express greater reservations about military intervention and so-called nation building. Neocons share no such reluctance."

    Indeed, it is an effort to remake the world in their image - a parallel vision to the British Empire, complete with the facade of democracy. Presumably a democracy that was allowed to live unaffected by the Neocon strongarm only so long as the voting doesn't turn in favor of Islamic Fundamentalists who dismantle the young republic because that was the will of the people voting.

    All empires shatter. It is an immutable law of human nature. No conqueror can sustain it, and no "good intention" can sugarcoat it.

    And now that the intelligence community has said there are no WMDs in Iraq, the neocons are quite willing to substitute altruism for weapons of mass destruction as the central mission of the invasion - as if those weapons never bothered them. Never worried them. They didn't make an issue out of weapons of mass destruction - everybody else did! They went in to help the poor downtrodden victims of Saddam's brutal regime. They went in to bring the blessings of democracy. The benefits of white man's wisdom in the world.

    It is of no consequence to them that "altruism" and their claims to have been influenced by Ayn Rand can't possibly co-exist without epistemological gymnastics the scope of which have been heretofore unimaginable in the history of knowledge. Haven't you been paying attention? Up is down. Black is white. Conservatism is big-government, and the American Idea is all about marching in lock step with a central authority.

    posted by Boileryard Clarke at 10/14/2004 09:31:00 PM |

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