Radical Quotes

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Karl Marx
“To be radical is to grasp things by the root.”
Karl Marx, Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right

Norman Mailer
“Any war that requires the suspension of reason as a necessity for support is a bad war.”
Norman Mailer

Rosa Luxemburg
“Freiheit ist immer die Freiheit des Andersdenkenden

Freedom is always, and exclusively, freedom for the one who thinks differently.”
Rosa Luxemburg

Alan Moore
“I've proved my point. I've demonstrated there's no difference between me and everyone else! All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That's how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day. You had a bad day once, am I right? I know I am. I can tell. You had a bad day and everything changed. Why else would you dress up as a flying rat? You had a bad day, and it drove you as crazy as everybody else... Only you won't admit it! You have to keep pretending that life makes sense, that there's some point to all this struggling! God you make me want to puke. I mean, what is it with you? What made you what you are? Girlfriend killed by the mob, maybe? Brother carved up by some mugger? Something like that, I bet. Something like that... Something like that happened to me, you know. I... I'm not exactly sure what it was. Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another... If I'm going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice! Ha ha ha! But my point is... My point is, I went crazy. When I saw what a black, awful joke the world was, I went crazy as a coot! I admit it! Why can't you? I mean, you're not unintelligent! You must see the reality of the situation. Do you know how many times we've come close to world war three over a flock of geese on a computer screen? Do you know what triggered the last world war? An argument over how many telegraph poles Germany owed its war debt creditors! Telegraph poles! Ha ha ha ha HA! It's all a joke! Everything anybody ever valued or struggled for... it's all a monstrous, demented gag! So why can't you see the funny side? Why aren't you laughing?”
Alan Moore, Batman: The Killing Joke

Shannon L. Alder
“Personality begins where comparison leaves off. Be unique. Be memorable. Be confident. Be proud.”
Shannon L. Alder

Raymond Williams
“To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing”
Raymond Williams

Brennan Manning
“For me the most radical demand of Christian faith lies in summoning the courage to say yes to the present risenness of Jesus Christ.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

David Platt
“Should it concern us that the bible never calls us to ask Jesus into our hearts. Should it concern us that the bible never mentions such a superstitious sinners prayer and yet that is exactly what we have sold to so many as salvation.”
David Platt

Friedrich Engels
“Darwin did not know what a bitter satire he wrote on mankind ... when he showed that free competition, the struggle for existence, which the economists celebrate as the highest historical achievement, is the normal state of the animal kingdom. Only conscious organization of social production, in which production and distribution are carried on in a planned way, can lift mankind above the rest of the animal.”
Friedrich Engels

Slavoj Žižek
“On the 'Celestial Seasonings' green tea packet there is a short explanation of its benefits: 'Green tea is a natural source of antioxidants, which neutralize harmful molecules in the body known as free radicals. By taming free radicals, antioxidants help the body maintain its natural health.' Mutatis mutandis, is not the notion of totalitarianism one of the main ideological antioxidants, whose function throughout its career was to tame free radicals, and thus to help the social body to maintain its politico-ideological good health?”
Slavoj Zizek, Did Somebody Say Totalitarianism?: Five Interventions in the (Mis)use of a Notion

Andrea Dworkin
“When I say that we must establish values with originate in sisterhood, I mean to say that we must not accept, even for a moment, male notions of what non-violence is. These notions have never condemned the systematic violence against us. The men who hold these notions have never renounced the male behaviours, privileges, values and conceits which are in and of themselves acts of violence against us.”
Andrea Dworkin

Noam Chomsky
“Both political parties have moved to the right during the neoliberal period. Today’s New Democrats are pretty much what used to be called “moderate Republicans.” The “political revolution” that Bernie Sanders called for, rightly, would not have greatly surprised Dwight Eisenhower.

The fate of the minimum wage illustrates what has been happening. Through the periods of high and egalitarian growth in the ‘50s and ‘60s, the minimum wage—which sets a floor for other wages—tracked productivity. That ended with the onset of neoliberal doctrine. Since then, the minimum wage has stagnated (in real value). Had it continued as before, it would probably be close to $20 per hour. Today, it is considered a political revolution to raise it to $15.”
Noam Chomsky

“Radical Edwards's profile? He's a seven-foot tall ex-basketball pro hindu guru drag-queen alien.
-Jet Black, from the Cowboy Bebop anime script”
Keiko Nobumoto

Angela Y. Davis
“The process of trying to assimilate into an existing category in many ways runs counter to efforts to produce radical or revolutionary results.”
Angela Y. Davis, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle

“In one of his puckish moods Saul talked the president of a university into letting him anonymously take an examination being administered to candidates for a doctorate in community organization. "Three of the questions were on the philosophy of and motivations of Saul Alinsky," writes Saul. "I answered two of them incorrectly.”
Nicholas von Hoffman, Radical: A Portrait of Saul Alinsky

Samir Satam
“Everything feels utopian at some point or another. The ideas we have accepted today felt utopian in the previous era. If reformers would have given up their 'fight to abolish Sati' as an utopian idea, we would have never gotten rid of the practice. The question is; how far is our generation ready to go against the grain, when we see injustice happening in our day? Are we ready to introspect, why the idea of brotherhood across religious and caste lines feels utopian and radical today?”
Samir Satam, Litost: Sliced Stories

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Repentance is a radical cure.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The most radical thing to do is to repent of evil doing.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“There is no radical action like repentance.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“Can you imagine … it’s now up to the common herd to decide what outsiderism is, and how it should be presented. Real outsiders don’t give a fuck what a bunch of liberal cunts think. That’s exactly what radicals are opposed to. Can you imagine – the outsider without an outside … the outsider acceptable to the flock, the sheeple. Isn’t that the definition of an insider? You can’t be a Gadfly if you don’t piss anyone off.”
Joe Dixon, The Mandarin Effect: The Crisis of Meaning

“The Jacobins were the standard bearers of the left. Liberals are not on the left. They are in the center, and often trending right with their hatred of the State and any possibility of State social engineering on the grand scale. It has been rightly observed that the hallmark of liberalism is wanting the “thing without the thing”, as Slavoj Zizek famously put it. The liberals want war without war, revolution without revolution, drugs without any of the downside of drugs, coffee without caffeine. They want a situation that inevitably leads to violence, without the violence. They immediately condemn the violence even though violence was implicit in the entire project from the get-go.”
Joe Dixon, The Mandarin Effect: The Crisis of Meaning

“Antifa...does not propose any affirmative ideology. Rather, it is a negative reactionary movement. In a void, anarchism would still attempt to organize society. But Antifa cannot exist without “fascists” to oppose. It therefore claims to see fascism everywhere, even where it does not exist. Ultimately, Antifa is a dumbed-down branch of radical politics.”
Gabriel Nadales, Behind the Black Mask: My Time as an Antifa Activist

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The radical man seeks repentance.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“There is no radical change like repentance.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“The dialectic is the quintessence of polarisation. You cannot arrive at the Truth via hippie consensus, “respect” or “love and light”. The Truth isn’t the mid ground, the liberal centre, the position of maximum tolerance of error, falsehood and delusion. The Truth is as extreme as it gets.”
Mike Hockney, Transcendental Mathematics

“Similar to how in Nazism 'Jewish Bolshevism' turned out to be the flip side of a 'Jewish plutocracy,' in late Stalinism Jews were subjected to defamation as both radical rightists (counter-revolutionaries) and radical leftists (modernists).”
Evgeny Dobrenko, Late Stalinism: The Aesthetics of Politics

“He will also make use of what he learns as the months or years of the war strengthen his revolutionary convictions, making him more radical as the potency of arms is demonstrated, as the outlook of the inhabitants becomes a part of his spirit and of his own life, and as he understands the justice and the vital necessity of a series of changes, of which the theoretical importance appeared to him before, but devoid of practical urgency.”
che Guevara, Guerrilla Warfare

Abhijit Naskar
“The terrorist is a radical, so is the reformer. The difference is in their motive - the terrorist wants to build an exclusive society, whereas the reformer wants to build an inclusive society.”
Abhijit Naskar, Martyr Meets World: To Solve The Hard Problem of Inhumanity

Abhijit Naskar
“Dare to be a radical, but make sure it's for the right reason, for it takes very little for a reformer to turn into a terrorist.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Shape of A Human: Our America Their America

“Stop trying to be 'good' people. We need real people.”
Vernā Myers

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