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, November 23, 2004
My thoughts on Oliver Willis's Brand Democrat
AdBusting the Democrats' newest PR Campaign...
When I saw Oliver Willis's Brand Dem Campaign, I realized that there was a problem. The campaign is designed to appeal to the center to center-right and is the embodiment of everything that the far left hates: PR Campaigns and Branding. I knew it wouldn't take long for his Brand Dem to get jammed (and judging by the jam posted on this very blog just a few posts ago, I was right). If the Democrats want to woo the centrists, they should do so with the full knowledge that they are alienating the far left. And we know from the 2000 campaign, that is a bad idea.
From my email exchange with Oliver Willis:
Bush has been able to pull those that are on the ultra left toward the middle. I can't think of any other time that I would vote for someone like Kerry who is so committed to things that I despise like the free market. But I did, and my conscience is giving me quite a hangover because of it. I bought into the "hate Bush, vote Kerry" message, but not everyone over in my territory was as moved by it (and I guarantee that I won't vote that way ever again). If the Dems want us, they need to come and find us where we are because right now our only common thread is that Bush is bad. Sorry, but that isn't going to make us vote Democrat in the numbers that the Democrats need.
This all brings me back to my point: The money in politics is skewed toward the radical right which has had the effect of shifting the center towards the right so that even people who support free-trade over universal health care are able to be portrayed as extremely liberal. The ultra left has no corresponding money machine (which is no surprise since we are so aggressive toward the very centers of monetary power in the world) and cannot get out its message like the ultra right can. So the far left will continue to do what they can to jam the messages in an effort to sway the opinions of the public, and if the public as a whole won't be swayed, I guarantee you those on the far left that begrudgingly supported Kerry will be swayed. Reminded of why we need to stick to our guns and why we need to support a candidate that we agree with rather than a candidate that is less bad than another candidate. The Democrats need to regain the trust of the far left. Getting the far left votes by negatively branding the far right didn't quite cut the mustard, and those of us on the far left aren't going to support center to center-right policies forever. The problem is that you can't honestly have an ad in your campaign that says "We don't let corporations tell us what to do" or "Because we spend way too much money on our military" or something that the far left would be comfortable with.
Yeah, I get it, your ad campaign isn't for us, it's for the centrists and the undecideds. And I get that the Dems are in the unfortunate position of repelling the far left when they woo the centrists and repelling the centrists when they woo the far left. Of course my opinion is that the Dems should legitimize the far left to bring the center back to the left. Ultimately, the centrists will follow.
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