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  • #1
    George Orwell
    “Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”
    George Orwell, 1984

  • #2
    Herbert V. Prochnow
    “A visitor from Mars could easily pick out civilized nations. They have the best implements of war.”
    Herbert V. Prochnow

  • #3
    Derrick Jensen
    “Those in power have made it so we have to pay simply to exist on the planet. We have to pay for a place to sleep, and we have to pay for food. If we don't, people with guns come and force us to pay. That's violent.”
    Derrick Jensen, Endgame, Vol. 1: The Problem of Civilization

  • #4
    Derrick Jensen
    “Surely by now there can be few here who still believe the purpose of government is to protect us from the destructive activities of corporations. At last most of us must understand that the opposite is true: that the primary purpose of government is to protect those who run the economy from the outrage of injured citizens.”
    Derrick Jensen, Endgame, Vol. 1: The Problem of Civilization

  • #5
    Derrick Jensen
    “Within this culture wealth is measured by one's ability to consume and destroy.”
    Derrick Jensen, Endgame, Vol. 1: The Problem of Civilization

  • #6
    Derrick Jensen
    “To pretend that civilization can exist without destroying its own landbase and the landbases and cultures of others is to be entirely ignorant of history, biology, thermodynamics, morality, and self-preservation.”
    Derrick Jensen, Endgame, Vol. 1: The Problem of Civilization

  • #7
    Derrick Jensen
    “So long as we only believe in the justice of the state, of the law-made by those in power, to serve those in power-so long will we continue to be exploited by those in power.”
    Derrick Jensen, Endgame, Vol. 1: The Problem of Civilization

  • #8
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    “In a well governed state, there are few punishments, not because there are many pardons, but because criminals are rare; it is when a state is in decay that the multitude of crimes is a guarantee of impunity.”
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract

  • #9
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    “...in respect of riches, no citizen shall ever be wealthy enough to buy another, and none poor enough to be forced to sell himself.”
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract

  • #10
    Thomas Moore
    “For great and horrible punishments be appointed for thieves, wheras much rather provision should have been made that there were some means they might get their living, so that no man should be driven to this necessity.”
    Thomas Moore

  • #11
    Charles Kimball
    “Regrettably, many Americans don't pay much attention to the inconsistencies in U.S. foreign policy. People in other parts of the world who feel the impact of those policies play close attention. And they take notes.”
    Charles Kimball, When Religion Becomes Evil

  • #12
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.”
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau

  • #13
    Howard Zinn
    “Any humane and reasonable person must conclude that if the ends, however desireable, are uncertain and the means are horrible and certain, these means must not be employed.”
    Howard Zinn, Passionate Declarations: Essays on War and Justice

  • #14
    Noam Chomsky
    “If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #15
    Noam Chomsky
    “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum....”
    Noam Chomsky, The Common Good

  • #16
    Noam Chomsky
    “Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way: Stop participating in it.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #17
    Noam Chomsky
    “I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #18
    Noam Chomsky
    “If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #19
    Noam Chomsky
    “...the Bible is probably the most genocidal book in the literary canon.”
    Noam Chomsky

  • #20
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Karl Marx got a bum rap. All he was trying to do was figure out how to take care of a whole lot of people. Of course, socialism is just “evil” now. It’s completely discredited, supposedly, by the collapse of the Soviet Union. I can’t help noticing that my grandchildren are heavily in hock to communist China now, which is evidently a whole lot better at business than we are. You talk about the collapse of communism or the Soviet Union. My goodness, this country collapsed in 1929. I mean it crashed, big time, and capitalism looked like a very poor idea.”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #21
    Karl Marx
    “The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.

    [These words are also inscribed upon his grave]”
    Karl Marx, Eleven Theses on Feuerbach

  • #22
    Karl Marx
    “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

  • #23
    Karl Marx
    “In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor, and therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished; after labor has become not only a means of life but life's prime want; after the productive forces have also increased with the all-around development of the individual, and all the springs of co-operative wealth flow more abundantly—only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be crossed in its entirety and society inscribe on its banners: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!”
    Karl Marx, Critique of the Gotha Program

  • #24
    Friedrich Engels
    “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.”
    Friedrich Engels

  • #25
    Bill Maher
    “The problem is that the people with the most ridiculous ideas are always the people who are most certain of them."

    (The Decider, July 21, 2007)”
    Bill Maher

  • #26
    Bill Maher
    “I have a problem with people who take the Constitution loosely and the Bible literally.”
    Bill Maher

  • #27
    George Carlin
    “Meow” means “woof” in cat.”
    George Carlin

  • #28
    George Carlin
    “Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.”
    George Carlin

  • #29
    George Carlin
    “That's why they call it the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.”
    George Carlin

  • #30
    George Carlin
    “The very existence of flamethrowers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, 'You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.”
    George Carlin



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