Quotes with Wisdom
We should all pause for a moment to thank the brave men and women of the FBI for saving us from their own terror plots.
The further a society drifts from the truth, the more they will hate those who speak it.
Don’t be fooled again! Think NAFTA!. The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is nothing more than leg irons disguised as a Tiffany ankle bracelet.
You would think that some sharp lawyers would get together and take up a class action suit against the banks for all the fraudulent foreclosures and illegal robo-signing.
They could make a fortune! And the victims would not have to pay any money until there is a settlement.
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
William Pitt, 1783
Keeping the masses fearful of phantom enemies and portraying foreign leaders as evil, is essential for the oligarchs to retain their wealth, power and control. Truth, facts, and long-term consequences are of no interest to the sociopaths running the show and pulling the levers. The dissent into darkness has been gradual and unnoticed by a purposefully distracted populace.
As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.
Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
We’re all going to be Greece, that’s inevitable. It’s not some maybe thing. The only thing that keeps us from realizing that is that the big media outlets have become part of the same industry that Wall Street, and the governments it controls, have full control over. And that in turn says something about the importance of what Yanis Varoufakis and Syriza are trying to accomplish. They’re taking the battle to the finance empire. And it should not be a lonely fight. Because if the international Wall Street banks succeed in Greece, some theater eerily uncomfortably near you will be next. That is cast in stone.
Raúl Ilargi Meijer
Technological progress frequently results in more unemployment rather than in an easing of the burden of work for all . . . The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital, the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically-organized political society.
Since plants cannot be patented unless genetically modified, drug manufacturers will not research and promote as medicinal any natural foods or herbs, even though they generally result in far less harm and are far less toxic than laboratory drugs. There is simply no huge profit markup in natural healing.
Susan E. Schenck
The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion … but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never do.
Samuel P. Huntington
The ultimate realization of the big picture is that humanity has been enslaved by small groups of beings that have sought to enslave and control us. Those that become aware of this gain the tools to free themselves from this prison.
If you are part of the status quo, you can get away with anything. Murder, torture, theft of trillions. Until top guys are jailed, it won’t stop.
Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty (and) war and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.
Today, humanity faces a stark choice: save the planet and ditch capitalism, or save capitalism and ditch the planet.
Why does the U.S. have prisons in other countries? We don’t have any Iraqi prisons in the states, or Sudanese prisons here or Polish prisons….So why does the U.S. get to put their black sites wherever they want?
The only condition more profitable to the corporate masters and the powerful elite than a kept slave is a slave who keeps him or herself under the auspices of freedom, liberty and justice for all.
If a man has an apartment stacked to the ceiling with newspapers, we call him crazy. If a woman has a trailer house full of cats, we call her nuts. But when people pathologocally hoard so much cash that they impoverish the entire nation, we put them on the cover of Fortune Magazine and pretend that they are role models
Politicians are only middle management, managing the poorer people for their elite rich ruling masters.
The concentrated power and wealth of self-serving elites – is scale-invariant, meaning that it is equally true of communities, towns, cities, states, nations and empires alike: all fail when they’re run for the benefit of a narrow elite. There is a bitter irony in the ease with which American pundits discern this dynamic in developing-world kleptocracies while ignoring the same dynamic in America.
Charles Hugh Smith
Privatization of public resources is a world wide scourge. Education, pensions, water, transportation are being taken out of the hands of the public and given to the rich people and corporations.
The inability to grasp the pathology of our oligarchic rulers is one of our gravest faults. We have been blinded to the depravity of our ruling elite by the relentless propaganda of public relations firms that work on behalf of corporations and the rich.
If you are more outraged at poor black folks in Missouri looting stores than rich white folks on Wall Street looting your future, you’ve been duped.
They must find it difficult …….. those have have taken authority as truth, rather than truth as authority.
You’re free to speak your mind my friend
As long as you agree with me
Don’t criticize the fatherland
Or those who shape your destiny
‘Cause if you do
You’ll lose your job, your mind
And all the friends you knew
We’ll send out all our boys in blue
They’ll find a way to silence you
Steppenwolf –From “The Ostrich” 1968
>Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America nor, for that matter, in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship. … [V]oice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
Hermann Göring (close confidante of Hitler)
Througout our lives and throughout our culture we are conditioned to rally around concepts of false division. We are let to believe that Democrats and Republicans are separate and opposing parties, yet they are actually two branches of the same political control mechanism.
The official rationale for the water shut-downs — the Detroit Water Department’s need to recoup millions collapses on inspection. Detroit’s high-end golf club, the Red Wing’s hockey arena, the Ford football stadium, and more than half of the city’s commercial and industrial users are also owing — a sum totalling $30 million. But no contractors have showed up on their doorstep.
When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in a society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it, and a moral code that glorifies it.
“The corrupt are afraid of us; the honest support us; the heroic join us.”
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