Sunday, September 13, 2009

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
"There was a time, not all that long ago, when the U.S. pretended that it viewed war only as a "last resort," something to be used only when absolutely necessary to defend the country against imminent threats. In reality, at least since the creation of the National Security State in the wake of World War II, war for the U.S. has been everything but a "last resort." Constant war has been the normal state of affairs. In the 64 years since the end of WWII, we have started and fought far more wars and invaded and bombed more countries than any other nation in the world — not even counting the numerous wars fought by our clients and proxies. Those are just facts. History will have no choice but to view the U.S. — particularly in its late imperial stages — as a war-fighting state."
Glenn Greenwald

“Instead of continually trying to get freedom “legalized,” those who value individual liberty should be working to come up with ways to outwit, escape, resist or defeat the tentacles of “government.” Yes, I mean they should be figuring out ways to be free, despite the fact that freedom is, and always has been, ‘illegal.’”
Larken Rose

“No one has any “right,” under ordinary everyday circumstances, to use violence or the threat thereof to control another’s life or property. In fact, each of us has a very serious moral obligation to not engage our fellow human beings in such a manner. Yet, cloak a cop or a tax collector or a politician in the magical, quantum-physics defying aura of government, and suddenly this becomes not only acceptable, but even commendable and necessary. Such is the intrinsic nature of the State.”
Alex R. Knight III

“Whether there is any truth to the "9/11 Truth" movement or not, it is absolutely essential to freedom to suspect government of complicity in everything that could possibly be its fault. You must know, if you are paying attention, that governments lie. If you have a known pathological liar in your life, it is healthier to distrust every word he utters, until verified by you, than it is to take his words at face value. He may be telling the truth occasionally, but you can't take the chance. So it is with government. Government is a lying axe-murderer with rabies in your bed. Trust it at your own peril.”
Kent McManigal

“Inflation is a deliberate impoverishment of the benighted masses, by the political elites. It is an unlegislated tax, confiscation of capital. The Fed would have us believe inflation is like cosmic rays or a hurricane something out of their control, but that would be mendacity, i.e. a lie. It is a deliberate policy and always has been it is an unlegislated tax, nothing more.”
George Giles


From the Darkness:
"Humankind has to limit itself to emit only fixed amount of carbon into the atmosphere until 2050. [...] Because the industrialized nations have already exceeded their quotas if you take into account past emissions. [...] With the current output you see that Germany, the US and other industrialized nations have either already used up their permissible quota, or will do so within the next few years. [...] The industrialized nations are facing CO2 insolvency. This means that they have to notch up their efforts to reduce climate change, otherwise they will use up the CO2 budget actually designated to poorer countries and future generations."
German climate “scientist” Joachim Schellnhuber
[Just when you you think the climate kooks can’t get any more wacked, they manage to do so.]

"The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best. It’s the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation."
Barry Obama, addressing US school children.

“Mindful that the work of protecting America is never finished, we will do everything in our power to keep America safe.”
Barry Obama on 9/11. [And who protects us from YOU?]

“In the United States of America, no one should have to worry that they’ll go without health insurance — not for one year, not for one month, not for one day. And once I sign my health reform plan into law, they won’t.”
Barry Obama [Utopia is within reach! Just follow The Magic Negro!]

“Enforcing trade laws is key to maintaining an open and free trading system.”
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk [Formerly known as “Kirk the Jerk,” mayor of Dallas, Tx.]


Don Emmerich said...

I especially love the quote from Larkin Rose. I'm really looking forward to sitting down and watching the video of Rose that Kent McManigal posted on his site:

Ginx said...

Not to be cynical, but the US was at war since its inception. It's been like this since well before industry came around.

Would it make you feel better if we called it "Manifest Destiny" again?

Enlightened Rogue said...

I assume you’re referring to the Glen Greenwald quote. I think he’s addressing the fact that empires are characteristically war-like. I would certainly classify Manifest Destiny as inspiration for such activity.