Political Theory Quotes

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Niccolò Machiavelli
“I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.”
Machiavelli Niccolo

Arun D. Ellis
“Only a psychopath would ever think of doing these things, only a psychopath would dream of abusing other people in such a way, only a psychopath would treat people as less than human just for money. The shocking truth is, even though they now have most if not all of the money, they want still more, they want all of the money that you have left in your pockets, they want it all because they have no empathy with other people, with other creatures, they have no feeling for the world which they exploit, they have no love or sense of being or belonging for their souls are dead, dead to all things but greed and a desire to rule over others.”
Arun D. Ellis, Corpalism

Carl Schmitt
“Sovereign is he who decides on the exception.”
Carl Schmitt

Louis-Ferdinand Céline
“There is no rest for the humble except in despising the great, whose only thought of the people is inspired by self-interest or sadism.”
Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night

Carl Schmitt
“All significant concepts of the modern theory of the state are secularized theological concepts not only because of their historical development - in which they were transferred from theology to the theory of the state, whereby, for example, the omnipotent god became the omnipotent lawgiver - but also because of their systematic structure, the recognition of which is necessary for a sociological consideration of these concepts. The exception in jurisprudence is analogous to the miracle in theology. Only by being aware of this analogy can we appreciate the manner in which the philosophical ideas of the state developed in the last centuries.”
Carl Schmitt, Political Theology: Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty

Arthur  Miller
“Property breeds lawyers, I said, forbearing to add a belief that unfortunately property now seemed the only thing palpable enough to demand the respect of governments, and perhaps was the generating clout against encroachments on the spiritual protections for speech, assembly, and so on. It might turn out that without the right to possess we are not sure we really have the right to speak and to be.”
Arthur Miller, Salesman in Beijing

Arthur Koestler
“that man is a reality, mankind an abstraction; that men cannot be treated as units in operations of political arithmetic because they behave like the symbols for zero and the infinite, which dislocate all mathematical operations; that the end justifies the means only within very narrow limits; that ethics is not a function of social utility, and charity not a petty bourgeois sentiment but the gravitational force which keeps civilization in its orbit.”
Arthur Koestler, The God that Failed

A.E. Samaan
“If your political theory requires humanity to "evolve", then you do not have a theory.... you have a dream.”
A.E. Samaan

A.E. Samaan
“There is something immoral about abandoning your common sense in matters of social importance.”
A.E. Samaan

Bernd Greiner
“Zweifellos kommt keine demokratische Republik ohne Vertrauen in ihre gewählten Repräsentanten und in das Funktionieren ihrer Institutionen aus. Vertrauen aber wird im Selbstverständnis eines republikanischen Staatswesens stets komplementär zu Partizipation gedacht; sobald es an deren Stelle tritt, gerät die Architektur jeder Demokratie aus den Fugen. […] Macht voraussetzungslos und im Vertrauen auf die guten Absichten der Machthaber zu delegieren, lässt dem Ehrgeiz weniger auf Kosten aller freie Bahn.”
Bernd Greiner, 11. September. Der Tag, die Angst, die Folgen

Abhijit Naskar
“Politics means implementation of the best ideas for the society in the path of wellbeing and progress.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Education Decree

Friedrich Engels
“Naked greed has been the moving spirit of civilization from the first day of its existence to the present time; wealth, more wealth, and wealth again; wealth not of society, but of this shabby individual was its sole and determining aim.”
Friedrich Engels, The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State

A.E. Samaan
“If your political theory requires humanity to "evolve", then you do not have a theory.”
A.E. Samaan

“Real change from the status quo will never come from electing a politician—especially not one who leads a political party dedicated to upholding that status quo.”
Alan Maass, The Case for Socialism

Abhijit Naskar
“Politics means implementation of the best ideas for the society in the path of wellbeing and progress. This is the approach that gave the world, leaders of glorious characters such as Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Subhas Chandra Bose (the actual man behind India’s Independence), Vasil Levski (the man who liberated Bulgaria from the Ottoman oppression), Nelson Mandela and many more. These people were technically politicians too, but unlike the majority of the politicians of
modern society, their approach to politics was what it should be in a real system of politics.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Education Decree

“In truth, the history of political thought is an end in itself, the highest peak of political education. The crowning achievement of political knowledge, it will be argued in these pages, consists precisely in the ability to partake of the visions of man, society and the state to be found in the writings of our most eminent thinkers, in the ability to enjoy political 'conversation' at its highest level and in its longest historical expanse. This ability is not (or not obviously) an 'aid' to any other aspect of the study of politics, and it should not be construed as one; on the contrary, it is these other aspects (institutions and behaviour for example) which should be seen as so many intellectual aids facilitating our comprehension of the history of political thought.”
Robert Nandor Berki, The History Of Political Thought: A Short Introduction

Jo M. Sekimonyo
“Souvenez-vous toujours que dans la vie, la passion sans vision est une perte d’énergie, et que la vision sans passion est une impasse.”
Jo M. Sekimonyo, l'enfer c'est lui

“The political reform is important, but no reform will be greater than promoting popular awareness.”
Victor Bello Accioly

“Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is the epitome of a Pan-Africanist who can praise any world leader who likes his leadership and is known for threatening Western leaders whenever his strong-man mentality comes under attack.”
Duop Chak Wuol

Niccolò Machiavelli
“...for monarchy easily becomes tyranny, aristocracy easily becomes oligarchy, and democracy easily converts to anarchy. Thus anyone organizing a government according to one of the good forms does so for but a short time, because no precaution will prevent it from slipping into its opposite, so closely are the virtues and vices of the two related.”
Niccolò Machiavelli, Discourses, Vol 1

Patrick J. Deneen
“As commended by ancient and religious traditions alike, liberty is not liberation from constraint but rather our capacity to govern appetite and thus achieve a truer form of liberty—liberty from enslavement to our appetites and avoidance of depletion of the world.”
Patrick Deneen

“The right to provoke, offend, and shock lies at the core of the First Amendment. This is particularly so on college campuses. Intellectual advancement has traditionally progressed through discord and dissent, as a diversity of views ensures that ideas survive because they are correct, not because they are popular.”
Richard V. Reeves, All Minus One: John Stuart Mill's Ideas on Free Speech Illustrated

Randi Darren
“Flesh for flesh, blood for blood. And if an eye for an eye makes the world blind, I’ll be the first damned motherfucker to learn braille and then cut the fingers off of everyone else.”
Randi Darren, Fostering Faust 3

Russell Kirk
“With the hard truth in mind, I venture to suggest the corpus of English and American laws – for the two arise for the most pat from the common root of belief and experience - cannot endure forever unless it is laminated by the spirit that void it in the beginning: that is, by religion, and specifically by the Christian people. Certain oral prostates of Christian teaching have. been taken for granted, in the past, as the ground of justice. When courts of law ignore those postulates, we group in judicial darkness..”
Russell Kirk, Rights And Duties: Reflections On Our Conservative Constitution

“Moderation may be particularly relevant in a post-Cold War age such as ours because it enables us to deal with the antinomies and tensions at the heart of our contemporary societies and allows us to defend the pluralism of ideas, principles, and interests against its enemies. ... Moderation should be regarded as an eclectic virtue transcending the conventional categories of our political vocabulary.”
Aurelian Craiutu, Faces of Moderation: The Art of Balance in an Age of Extremes

“As [Isaiah] Berlin wrote to George Kennan in 1951, 'What we violently reject is ... the very idea that there are circumstances in which one has a right to get at, and shape the characters and souls of other men for purposes which these men, if they realized what we were doing, might reject.' The respect for individual liberty goes hand in hand with the recognition of human dignity as a fundamental principle and is incompatible with treating human beings as sheer material to be conditioned and shaped at will.”
Aurelian Craiutu, Faces of Moderation: The Art of Balance in an Age of Extremes

“A liberation movement is doomed once it stops to haggle over nuances of good and evil.”
V. Y. Mudimbe

“I teased Fabrizio: "We're studying theology here."
"How? Are you making fun of me?"
"Not at all. Livy read historical chronicles. He interprets them by his own passionate views and freezes them for all time. . . . He wanted theoretical support for a conclusion he accepted beforehand. Isn't that theology?”
V. Y. Mudimbe

Ryszard Legutko
“[Libertarianism] crumbles because it attempts to square the circle. Two loyalties -- one particular to one's own community, the other to an infinitely open system -- cannot be reconciled.”
Ryszard Legutko, The Cunning of Freedom: Saving the Self in an Age of False Idols

Karl Marx
“Owing to the extensive use of machinery and to division of
labour, the work of the proletarians has lost all individual
character, and consequently, all charm for the workman. He
becomes an appendage of the machine, and it is only the most
simple, most monotonous, and most easily acquired knack, that is
required of him. Hence, the cost of production of a workman is
restricted, almost entirely, to the means of subsistence that he
requires for his maintenance, and for the propagation of his
race. But the price of a commodity, and therefore also of
labour, is equal to its cost of production. In proportion
therefore, as the repulsiveness of the work increases, the wage
decreases. Nay more, in proportion as the use of machinery and
division of labour increases, in the same proportion the burden
of toil also increases, whether by prolongation of the working
hours, by increase of the work exacted in a given time or by
increased speed of the machinery, etc.”
Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto

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