Abuse Of Power Quotes

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Madeleine L'Engle
“Because to take away a man's freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.”
Madeline L'Engle

Theodore J. Kaczynski
“Our society tends to regard as a sickness any mode of thought or behavior that is inconvenient for the system and this is plausible because when an individual doesn't fit into the system it causes pain to the individual as well as problems for the system. Thus the manipulation of an individual to adjust him to the system is seen as a cure for a sickness and therefore as good.”
Theodore Kaczynski

Judith Lewis Herman
“... in practice the standard for what constitutes rape is set not at the level of women's experience of violation but just above the level of coercion acceptable to men.”
Judith Lewis Herman

Judith Lewis Herman
“In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. Secrecy and silence are the perpetrator’s first line of defense. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure that no one listens. To this end, he marshals an impressive array of arguments, from the most blatant denial to the most sophisticated and elegant rationalization. After every atrocity one can expect to hear the same predictable apologies: it never happened; the victim lies; the victim exaggerates; the victim brought it upon herself; and in any case it is time to forget the past and move on. The more powerful the perpetrator, the greater is his prerogative to name and define reality, and the more completely his arguments prevail.”
Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Stand up for yourself.
Never give any one permission to abuse you.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

James Rollins
“The strong were always eating the weak.”
James Rollins, Deep Fathom

Anna Funder
“He can switch from one view to another with frightening ease. I think it is a sign of being accustomed to such power that the truth does not matter because you cannot be contradicted.”
Anna Funder, Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

Maureen  Brady
“Power is confusing for us, perhaps even terrifying, because our relationship with it had an unfortunate beginning. Someone in a position of power over us used and abused us…It seems as if power were something to be wielded, always at someone’s expense, usually our own.”
Maureen Brady, Beyond Survival: A Writing Journey for Healing Childhood Sexual Abuse

Diane Chamberlain
“What do I want now? I want to be treated with the respect I deserve in the current VA system and not be retraumatized. I want the men who did this to me to be punished and if that isn't possible, I want reassurance what happened to me will never ever happen to another woman in the Armed services. I want some restitution of the damage I have.”
Diane Chamberlain, Conduct Unbecoming: Rape, Torture, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from Military Commanders

Richard M. Nixon
“When the President does it , that means that it is not illegal.”
Richard M. Nixon

Anne Ursu
“It was a beautiful lie that they had all been telling themselves—that you could have magic without monsters.”
Anne Ursu, The Real Boy

C.J. Redwine
“Power is neither good nor evil. It just is. It's what people do with power that matters.”
C.J. Redwine, The Traitor Prince

Jacob Wren
“If we make a union in these fields, is there anything we can do to ensure it doesn't become corrupt? Or that later it doesn't only look after the people who work here, we just look after our own, and everyone else can fend for themselves? We need to fight for ourselves, here and now, but we also need changes so large and impossible they encompass the entire world.”
Jacob Wren, Rich and Poor

S.F. Chandler
“When you fear nothing, you have nothing to fear”
S.F. Chandler, We The Great Are Misthought

Wayne Gerard Trotman
“Laws become fragile under the influence of dictators.”
Wayne Gerard Trotman

“For scapegoating to occur, a community must agree on a target who can be blamed for anything that goes wrong. Sometimes a community just needs someone to BE wrong all the time, so they can know they are right. It really doesn’t matter if the person is actually guilty or wrong, as long as everyone agrees on it. That agreement allows the community to act against the scapegoat and feel justified. They can hate, abuse, ridicule, neglect, expel, wound or kill the scapegoat and actually experience feelings of joy and well-being afterward.”
Raven Foundation

“Power's not a chalice. It's a hammer. And it only does one thing. Power smashes. The subtext of all power is extortion. It's always the threat of force, of imprisonment, the threat of death. Always.”
Adam Skelter, Prophet Margin: The Benefit of the Doubt

David Smail
“The social havoc wreaked by unfettered economic greed comes to be interiorised as the personal weakness and irresponsibility of those principally affected.”
David Smail, Power, Interest and Psychology: Elements of a Social Materialist Understanding of Distress

Wendell Berry
“People who own the world outright for profit will have to be stopped by influence, by power, by us.”
Wendell Berry

“I blamed myself for being vulnerable. Vulnerability felt like a banner that announced, 'Come and get me!' But when I think of it the other way, I don’t pounce on other people just because I can. I don’t go around looking for people smaller or weaker than me so I can attack them. When I find someone’s vulnerability, my impulse is to protect and cover them, not to use it against them.”
Christina Enevoldsen

“We live in an age where corporations are people and employees are not.”
Clifford Cohen

Lamine Pearlheart
“If I could I would!" is the maxim of tyrants.”
Lamine Pearlheart, The Sunrise Scrolls: To Life from the Shadows II

“Abuse is the weakest expression of strength. It is weakness to destroy what you ought to protect, build and make better.”
Kingsley Opuwari Manuel

Leigh Bardugo
“It was white. White and gold. It was livery.
I told myself it meant nothing. It was just a color.
But I was wrong. That color meant everything.
It was a command to the Queen’s ladies that they shouldn’t greet me or acknowledge that I’d entered a room.
It was an indelible line drawn between me and the other Grisha.
It was a signal to the King that he could follow me into my chambers and press me up against the wall, that I was available for his use.
That there was no point to crying out.”
Leigh Bardugo, The Tailor

Colson Whitehead
“Patrol was not difficult work. They stopped any niggers they saw and demanded their passes. They stopped niggers they knew to be free, for their amusement but also to remind the Africans of the forces arrayed against them, whether they were owned by a white man or not.”
Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad

Nils Christie
“In the 1960's, Labour had gained some power, or at least respectability. Spokesmen for the working class - but of course not necessarily coming from that class or belonging there except through ideology - were upset by the exposed inequalities and abuses disguised as treatment. It did not exactly strengthen the credibility of these measures that most receivers of this type of treatment for crime turned out to belong to just those classes supposed to be in political power.”
Nils Christie, Limits to Pain: The Role of Punishment in Penal Policy

“The moral and rational perceptions of the slave-holder are still more perverted than those of the slave; oppression is more debasing and injurious to the intellect of the oppressor than to that of the oppressed. The gains of unrighteousness have rendered the slave-holder more obstinately, more incurably blind, and inaccesssible to reason, than the slave.”
Heyrick Elizabeth Coltman, Immediate, Not Gradual Abolition: Or an Inquiry Into the Shortest, Safest, and Most Effectual Means

Helen Garner
“Post-script: When my tutor got a famous scholarship and went to Oxford, he broke my heart, of course. I sobbed in cafés and hotel bars, bored my friends half to death, and thought myself tragically bereft. I cannot in all honesty claim to have been liberated from anything in particular by my relationship with this man. I hated his subject and was bad at it, failed it twice and did not care. He made me laugh, that's the main thing I remember. I often felt he was privately laughing at me, from the eminence of his twenty-four years. This made me watchful and defensive....it had never occurred to me to call what happened between me and my tutor 'sexual harassment' or 'abuse of power'.”
Helen Garner, The First Stone: Some Questions of Sex and Power

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