Quotes

The poor frequently protest being governed badly; the rich protest being governed at all — Anonymous

THE LIE — In America, if you work hard, you’ll succeed, or If you’re not rich, it’s because you didn’t work hard enough — Anonymous

Yo quero una botella de cerveza — Anonymous

A bureaucrat is a Democrat with a job that a Republican wants — Alben Barkley, Vice President of the U.S. (1949-1951)

Free trade definitely keeps prices low but so does a Depression
— Ravi Batra

The transnational corporation has virtually no allegiance except to its own expansion and profit. What brings financial value to the shareholders is the only criterion even if jobs are destroyed and whole communities destroyed
— Jerry Brown

No one can earn a million dollars honestly — William Jennings Bryan

We should not march into Baghdad. To occupy Iraq would turn the whole Arab world against us and make a broken tyrant into a latter-day Arab hero. Assigning young soldiers to a fruitless hunt for a securely entrenched dictator and condeming them to fight in what would be an unwinnable guerrilla war could only plunge that part of the world into ever greater instability. — President George H W Bush (elder) in 1991

There ought to be limits to freedom — George W Bush, Press conference, Texas State House, May 21, 1999

If the Climate had been a Bank it would have been saved by now — Hugo Chavez

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind. — Winston S Churchill

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give — Winston S. Churchill

What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?   — Winston S Churchill,  7  March 1907

A nation can survive its’ fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the galleys, heard in the very hall of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor–He speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and wears their face and their garment, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation–he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city–he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared.— Cicero   (“They” can likely be found working on Wall Street)

We do not yet know how to serve Man, how can we presume to know how to serve God? — Confucius

How is a man to find where he belongs in life? The more original he is, the less likely is he to find his place prepared for him. He must not expect to see from the beginning what mould his life will take… The power to work on faith is what distinguishes great men. — Charles H Cooley, American sociologist

Whenever any form of government is destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it,and to institute new government in such form  as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”    — Declaration of Independence

It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don’t want and get it — Eugene Victor Debs

I have come to the conclusion that Politics are too serious of a matter to be left to the politicians — Charles DeGaulle

A clique of U.S. industialists is hell-bent to bring a Fascist state to supplant our democratic government and is working closely with the fascist regime in Germany and Italy. I have had plenty of opportunity in my post in Berlin to witness how close some of our American ruling families are to the Nazi regime — William E Dodd, U.S. Ambassador to Germany, 1937 — NOTE: George W. Bush’s grandfather, Prescott Bush, was a principal in a business firm that was confiscated by the U.S. Government in WWII for giving aid and comfort to Nazi Germany

Civilization is social order promoting cultural creation. — Will Durant, Our Oriental Heritage (1935), p. 1

Let us, before we die, gather up our heritage, and offer it to our children.        — Will Durant, Ibid, p. 4

I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but
World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones — Albert Einstein

We are at the dawn of a new world. Scientists have given to men considerable powers. Politicians have seized hold of them. The world must choose between the unspeakable desolation of mechanization for profit and conquest, or the lusty youthfulness of science and techniques serving the social needs of a new civilization. — Albert Einstein

Every revolution was first a thought in one man’s mind. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is man born for but to be a Reformer — Ralph Waldo Emerson

In 1976 the National Catholic Reporter newspaper invited a number of prominent American Catholics to submit a message to the nation on its 200th birthday, in less than 150 words. Dorothy Day, cofounder of the Catholic Worker movement, used but one word: “Repent.” This nation and its leaders (political, business, civic and religious) need to hear that message again. The tolerance of poverty in this nation is a mortal sin. In the Christian community, we are in the midst of the Advent season where we meet John the Baptist crying out that same message: “Repent.” — Edward Flahavan

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world — Anne Frank

If the World is upside down, the way it is now, wouldn’t we have to turn it over to get it right? — Eduardo Galeano

We must become the change we wish to see in the world — Mohandas Gandhi

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free   — Goethe

If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal — Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman was charged with incitement to riot by making the following remarks — Organize and demand work. If they do not give you work, organize and demand bread. If they deny you bread, organize and take the bread

Although bankers can print money, they can not print energy! – Jay Hanson
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If you steal $10 from a man’s wallet, you’re likely to get into a fight. But if you steal billions from the commons, co-owned by him and his descendants, he may not even notice. —Walter Hickel, former Governor of Alaska
If we like a man’s dreams, we acll him a reformer; if we don’t like his dreams, we call him a crank — William Dean Howells
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I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial
of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.— Thomas Jefferson
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The more I study history, the more I seem to find that in every generation there are times just that time. When folks like you and me who thought they were all  this alone. Within this  honored movement found a home. — Si Kahn

If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal,” then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.” ___ John F Kennedy

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor it cannot save the few who are rich ___ John F Kennedy
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On this generation of Americans falls the burden of proving to the world that we really mean it when we say all men are created free and are equal before the law. All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity — Robert F. Kennedy

Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wicked of men will do the most wicked of things for the greatest good of everyone — John Maynard Keynes

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. “
- Martin Luther King
 
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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere — Martin Luther King

What self-centered men can have torn down, other-centered men can build up. ___ Martin Luther King

It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society                —  Krishnamurti

I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed — Abraham Lincoln

Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently — Rosa Luxemburg

Prudent men are wont to say — and this is not rashly or without good grounds — that he who would foresee what has to be should reflect on what has been, for everything that happens in the world at any time has a genuine resemblance to what happened in ancient times ___ Machiavelli

There is an evil which ought to be guarded against . . . The power of all corporations ought to be limited . . . The growing wealth acquired by them never fails to be a source of abuse — James Madison, James Madison Papers (reel 26, series 2, vol. 8, folio-pg 2215-20)

You’ve been had. You’ve been took. You’ve been hoodwinked, bamboozeled, led astray, run amok. — Malcom X

If you’re not careful the media will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing — Malcom X

The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them         — Karl Marx

Following President Obama’s war speeches at West Point and Oslo —- two breathtaking exercises in political cynicism that killed any hope of authentic liberal reform — I’ve got only one question: Have the liberals who worshipped at the altar of “change you can believe in” had enough?                     — John R Macarthur, Publisher, Harper’s

Third-rate men, of course, exist in all countries, but it is only here that they are in full control of the State, and with it all the national standards.                  — H L Mencken

As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some and great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by downright morons [And this likely explains the presidency of George W. Bush]
— H L Mencken

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule — and, both commonly succeed, and are right … The United States have never developed an aristocracy which is really disinterested or an intelligentsia really intelligent. Its history is simply a record of vacillations between two gangs of frauds.”

— H. L. Mencken

Wherever men hold unequal power in society, they will strive to maintain it. They will use whatever means are convenient to that end and will seek to justify them by the most plausible arguments they are able to devise. —Reinhold Neibuhr

I am not a Liberal. I am what I want to be — a Radical!   — Floyd B. Olson, Governor of Minnesota, address to the 1934 convention of the Farmer-Labor Party

To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle — George Orwell

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act — George Orwell

Life is something more than a matter of business. No man can make his life what it ought to be by living it merely on a business basis. There are things higher than business. — Gifford Pinchot

The powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences. The apex of the systems was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world’s central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank…sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world. — Carroll Quigley
 

I study history because I am interested in the future — Pete Rachleff

Obama’s performance on the foreclosure crisis — along with unemployment, the biggest problem America faces — makes Bush’s laissez faire approach to Hurricane Katrina look caring and loving in comparison. If ever there was a cause for impeachment, look no further — Ted Rall

There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater saitsfaction than to have done it well — Walter Reuther

I have to cast my lot with those who age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world.–Adrienne Rich

I don’t know mathematics, therefore, I have to think — Joan Robinson, economist

But while they prate of economic laws, men and women are starving. We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics, is the first task of the statesmanship of the day — Theodore Roosevelt, Autobiography (1912)

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best, knows in the end the triumph of high acheivement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt

What are you saying? That it is in vain? I know it. But one does not fight in hope of success. No. It is much more beautiful when it is in vain. — Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so
certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts  — Bertrand Russell

The task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what nobody has yet thought about that which everybody sees — Arthur Schopenhauer

Capital employed in home trade . . . puts in motion a greater quantity of domestic
industry and gives revenue and employment to a greater number of inhabitants of the country than an equal capital employed in foreign trade
— Adam Smith

When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ver been committed in the name of rebellion — C P Snow

Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them  - Adlai Ewing Stevenson,

No foreign policy can be justified except as a policy devoted . . . to the protection of the liberty of the American people, with war only as the last resort and only to preserve that liberty — Robert A Taft

To be really radical, you don’t have to rant and rave.  Just describe accurately the massive injustice that exists all around you and sensibly discuss basic curative approaches and solutions. —  Fred Thompson, IWW

America is today the leader of a worldwide anti-revolutionary movement in the defense of vested interests . . . supporting the rich against the poor — Arnold J Toynbee

I’m in a prayer group with the DA, I’m a member of the NRA and I’m always packing.— Leslie Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock’s character in Blind Side)

A banker is a fellow who lends you an umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain — Mark Twain

Many are destined to reasin wrongly; others not to reason at all; and others to persecute those who do reason — Voltaire

I’m from the Democratic-Party-Wing of the Democratic Party — Paul Wellstone

I don’t honestly know what this president believes. But I believe if he doesn’t figure it out soon, start enunciating it, and start fighting for it, he’s not only going to give American families hungry for security a series of half-loaves where they could have had full ones, but he’s going to set back the Democratic Party and the progressive movement by decades, because the average American is coming to believe that what they’re seeing right now is “liberalism,” and they don’t like what they see. I don’t, either — Drew Western, “Leadership, Obama-style & the Looming Losses in 2010″, Huffington Post (December 20, 2009)

We must recover an awareness of evil and of the sins of individuals and nations. It is the only way to understand the national and global economy. Exploitation of one’s fellow creatures is not just business, it is evil, and to the extent that an individual participates or tolerates such exploitation, they commit sin.   — L. Alan Winans

Nothing significant can be accomplished by a single generation. Revolution is a multi-generational endeavor. Every act should be undertaken in contemplation of its import for future generations. It is not utopian naivete to plan and work for the eradication of injustice; it is sinful to fail to do so. — L. Alan Winans

We should be thinking in terms of a Hundred Year Plan. Our children should be able to live in a more just world, and our children’s children in an even more just world, and years hence, our children’s children’s children should able to live in in a fully just world. — L. Alan Winans

Freedom is an illusion: We are not free; we are slaves in an economy created by others for their own benefit.
Corporate entities serving a small class of the very, very rich control most of us through employment or business contracts, mortgages or consumer credit.
Our minds are controlled through advertising and a commercialized media which insists that our servitude is freedom. — L. Alan Winans
It’s absolutely crazy to believe in the possibility of a better world and is even a greater insanity to think we can personally make a contribution to the making of that better world. I, therefore, choose to be Crazy. — L. Alan Winans

I can’t die, I’ve got too much reading to do. — L. Alan Winans

As long as there is a child without a home, I am homeless; as long as there is someone who is ill without care, I am sick; as long as there is someone without food, I am hungry; and, as long as there is oppression and injustice, I am a radical who advocates revolutionary change. — L. Alan Winans

A politician can choose to serve the Banks and Corporations or can choose Democracy, he can’t serve both. — L. Alan Winans

The police don’t prevent crime. The police don’t fight crime. The police write reports after crimes have been committed. — L. Alan Winans

Every President elected since 1980 should have been impeached for malfeasance, misfeasance, war crimes, high crimes and misdemeanors. A people have not suffered such consecutive misrule since Caligula, Nero and their successors reigned in Rome. — L Alan Winans

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