Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Several dozen quotes of the day...

Fifty-one percent of a nation can establish a totalitarian regime, suppress minorities and still remain democratic.
- Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them.
- Frederick Douglass

Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. - Galbraith's Law

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
- Noam Chomsky

A delusion held by one person is a mental illness, held by a few is a cult, held by many is a religion.
- Robert Todd Carroll

The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power,
and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule.
- Samuel Adams

Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.
- Noam Chomsky

History is the propaganda of the victors.
- Ernst Toller

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.
- Charles de Gaulle

Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.
- Joseph Goebbels

We think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view. - Mao Tse-Tung

The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself.
- Rita Mae Brown

The only problem with seeing too much is that it makes you insane.
- Phaedrus

Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world - and never will.
- Mark Twain


Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
- Mao Tse-Tung

If you don't control your mind, someone else will.
- John Allston

To be governed is to be watched over, inspected, spied on, directed, legislated over, regulated, docketed, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, assessed, weighed, censored, ordered about, by men who have neither right, nor knowledge, nor virtue.
- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Grown men do not need leaders. - Edward Abbey

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting. - Charles Bukowski

The essence of government is force, and most often that force is used to accomplish evil ends.
- Walter Williams

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.
- Samuel Adams

Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves,
even fewer are wise enough to rule others.
- Edward Abbey

The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either.
The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental. - John Steinbeck

The anarchist painter is not the one who will create anarchist pictures, but the one who will fight with all his individuality against official conventions.
Paul Signac


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