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.
So there are about as many different ideas of how the Democrats can start winning elections again as there are people. The DLC's pro-war pro-business way didn't exactly produce results. They got a massive boost from the Anybody-But-Bush crowd (which, dear readers, your author humbly admits to belonging to) and Kerry got more votes than any other person in history except the guy he was running against.
The DLC (including Clinton and the current minority leadership in Washington) clearly wants to push the party to the right. As we've heard over and over again, the moderate voters are the key. The Republicans are all too happy to agree with the DLC, they'd have the Democrats embrace the right's policies until there was no difference in the two parties. The right will in fact try to make it sound as if any turn toward the left will spell doom and gloom for the Democrats which means that the Democrats should embrace the Zell Millers and Evan Bayhs and the Joe Liebermans. Zell spoke at the Republican National Convention, is that where Democrats should feel comfortable? Of course not. The Republicans aren't interested in saving the noble Democrat party, they (like Adam "Curb Stomp the Bastards" Yoshida) want to see it disappear forever and leading the Democrats by the collar to the right is exactly how they plan on doing that.
This has been something that I've been saying on this blog and other places since my post-election coming to terms with reality. It wasn't until now that I've gotten independent confirmation of that from other places on the internet. Over at Counter Punch Joshua Frank and Merlin Chowkwanyun argue that the very reason that we lost is because of the DLC's turn toward the right. It was this turn that made the Democrat's positions contradictory, Kerry with his legendarily unclear war positions, Dean with his "anti-war position" that would have been pro-war with UN approval and inspections, and the surprisingly anti-homosexual agenda of Clinton.
Even the last best hope, Dennis Kucinich, who at one point pledged to stay in the race until the Democratic National Convention, ultimately backed down to a solid member of the Anybody But Bush party when he vocalized his support of and asked that his supporters vote for John Kerry. It was ultimately the backstabbing and in-fighting within the Democratic party that squelched the anti-war sentiment and solidified the re-election of George W. Bush.
What Frank and Chowkwanyun argue, and I wholeheartedly agree with, is that this problem obviously cannot be solved from within the Democratic party. Those of us in the Anybody But Bush crowd, the anti-war, anti-globalism lefties out there need to make a clean break from the Democratic party and start voting on their priniples once again. The Democrats cannot win without us and we can't let The Democrats get us to vote against our morals ever again no matter who the candidate is. If we continue on the path of the party that has nominated an anti-gay, anti-choice, pro-war, staunch Mormon in the highest Democratic seat in the land, we are succumbing to the rightward shift of the Democratic party and the nation as a whole. We have already seen what this shift means, unilateral wars of choice, globalism gone wild, polluters writing laws that affect them, religion in the schools, and so on. We on the left have to prevent this movement to the right and that won't happen from inside the Democratic party.
"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.