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, November 04, 2004
In no mood for conciliation or reconciliation
The only thing more pathetic than Kerry's precipitous exit from the fight yesterday (which reminded me of Paul Bremer high-tailing it out of Dodge) was his "concession" speech. His call for bipartisanship in the federal legislature made me sick. The fact is that the people in this country are not united. Even if only a small portion of those who voted for Bush are nasty knuckle-draggers, the thought of unity, conciliation, reconciliation, and "healing" with the right gives me a migraine. The time for desparate alliances with liberals, neoliberals, and moderates is over - flushed down the toilet by Kerry and the Dumbopublican establishment.
When are progressive populists going to get it? Gore and Kerry both ran like stumblebums and bailed out quick. Al Gore grew a beard. Kerry will probably enter the Tour de France.
To Howard Dean I say, "cut the crap." I say the same thing to Waxman, Lee, Conyers, Solis, Kucinich, et. al. . . . trying to change the Democratic Party is a total waste of time. The result will be nothing more than co-optation by Hilary Clinton in her campaign against Schwarzenegger (The Prevaricator vs. The Gropenator).
A progressive populist movement must identify and organize itself, separate from existing parties (including Green and Reform), by clearly and unflichingly articulating basic principles:
rejection of military action except in defense against clear and imminent aggression and danger
rebuilding the American social contract by eliminating corporate influence in the political process, outlawing the death penalty, socializing health care for all, re-regulating against corporate abuse of workers and the ecosystem, and redistributing wealth
recommitting our armed forces and assets to homeland security, closing our bases in other countries, truly supporting our military families economically and socially
demilitarizing the national intelligence community, rejecting all covert operations except intelligence gathering; ending the militarization of American society and outlawing private military forces
creating open government, rejecting secrecy, which responds to the people's will
eliminating foreign aid to countries with aggressive and/or repressive governments
repealing most, if not all, of the provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, and establishing a system of protective, rather than repressive, security laws
dismantling corporate monopolies in media
rejecting religious involvement of any kind in government, while recommitting to the right of each individual to freedom of belief, thought, worship, speech, and choice
Again, now is not the time for alliances. It is the time to resist and oppose any and all compliance and complicity with Republicans on the part of Democrats. We don't need the Democratic Party. And the Democratic Party will continue to suppress a progressive populist threat from within.
Now is the time work even harder to stop killing Iraqis and Palestinians and Afghans and bring our military families together at home. Now is the time to cut loose the war profiteers. Now is the time to demand a paradigm shift in energy and environmental policies.
There is not one Democrat in the Senate, nor are there more than a handful in the House, who would truly support such a movement. We have to do it ourselves.
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