Sunday, October 17, 2010

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“The secret to understanding US foreign policy is that there is no secret. Principally, one must come to the realization that the United States strives to dominate the world. Once one understands that, much of the apparent confusion, contradiction, and ambiguity surrounding Washington’s policies fades away.”
William Blum

“Democracy is the highest form of tyranny. It keeps people from noticing that they have no power over anything. Democracy means ‘rule of the people,’ usually by Wall Street looters and blockhead generals with the minds of giant clams and all sorts of feathers and colored tinsel stuck to them. They look like Byzantine mosaics. And lobbies, never forget the lobbies, draining the treasury in the manner of bloated leeches on a suppurating udder. People in democracies have the freedom of molten plastic being poured into a mold, but they probably think less than plastic does.”
Fred Reed

“If you think you have a ‘right’ to control what your neighbor does with his own property, why not walk up to his door and try to force him, personally, to do as you wish? Why take the pathetic coward's way and send heavily armed thugs in your place? Sending thugs doesn't absolve you of your evil act in the slightest, no matter what you may pretend. You are just hiding your evil behind your hired goons.”
Kent McManigal

“Printing up extra money - with no backing - used to be the sort of thing only counterfeiters did. Now it is done by the central bankers and Treasury Secretaries themselves. They don't apologize for it. They don't hang their heads and contemplate blowing their brains out. Instead, they're proud of it...announcing that they ‘saved civilization,’ or some such claptrap.”
Bill Bonner

“I admit that many of Jesus' words were very wise. But Paul took over as his promoter after Jesus died, and many of Paul's ideas were very different from Jesus'. Paulism is really an entirely different religion from Jesusism, though they've become conflated in modern Christianity.”
Doug Casey

“What it comes down to is that the ‘mainstream consensus’ is manufactured — manufactured by the very institutions that depend on it for their survival. One of the most important functions in any society is the cultural apparatus, whose job is to reproduce a population that accepts the system of power as legitimate and as the only natural or inevitable way of doing things. The range of ‘mainstream’ or ‘moderate’ policy proposals, by definition, encompasses only those policies that can be carried out within the existing framework of dominant institutions, by the kinds of people currently running them. Any proposal that requires fundamental changes in the institutional framework or structure of power is, by definition, ‘extremist.’”
Kevin Carson

“…..The American political system capitalizes on the division in public opinion over the role of government by propagating the myth that there is a grand war raging between the advocates of Big Government and the advocates of Free Markets. In fact, it’s an intramural competition between two rival factions that favor government management of the economy — with a few differences in detail — on behalf of special interests.
Why the charade? All the better to exploit the productive classes, those that would be prospering in a freed market.”
Sheldon Richman

“If all humans, before there was government, were at war with everything then how in the hell did we survive long enough to procreate beyond our first generation? In other words, if man is infinitely aggressive towards other men, if that is the basic nature of all life itself, doesn’t the existence of that life act as prima facia evidence to the contrary?
If the social contract took us from a state of nature (total war against everything) to a state of civilization (relative peace) then why is it that the proponents of such a philosophy are constantly waging war of one kind or another against every conceivable thing they disagree with? Terrorism, Drugs, Corporations, Smoking, Racism, Fatty-Foods, Carbon, Raw Milk, the New York Yankees, etc.”
Thomas Luongo
From the Darkness:
“I don’t want people talking on phones, having them up to their ear or texting while they’re driving.  We need a lot better research on other distractions,  including Bluetooth-enabled hands-free calls and the in-car systems."
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

"Liu Xiaobo is a convicted criminal sentenced to jail by Chinese justice. His acts are in complete contradiction to the purpose of the Nobel Peace Prize."
Ma Zhaoxu, a spokesman for China's foreign ministry

"It's absolutely unacceptable for those with means in Pakistan not to be doing their fair share to help their own people while taxpayers in Europe, the United States and other contributing countries are all chipping in.
The most important step Pakistan can take is to pass meaningful reforms to expand its tax base. The government must require that the economically affluent and elite support the government and people of Pakistan."
Queen Hillary, doing her best to spread American style Marxism

"What America needs is stimulus.  Without a bailout, the financial system would have remained paralyzed."
George Soros

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