Sunday, December 12, 2010

Quotes of the Week

From the Light:
“As Ron [Paul] has also long noted, the American State claims the right to know every single thing about us: every dime we earn and spend, every phone call we make or email we send. To track our movements. To know what we are teaching our children. To ascertain our shower head and toilet tank. Now even to see all of you naked or feel you up. And a million and one other insanities, indignities, and outrages. Every single aspect of life is within the State’s jurisdiction, or so it claims.
But for us to know anything about the State, aside from its propaganda, is treason. That is, of course, because the State is a criminal enterprise that depends on our consent. The more we know about its murders, its looting, its lying, the less willing we are to consent, to be good little robots, indeed to worship it as a god, which is always its ultimate ambition.”
Lew Rockwell

“I’m confused. It’s disregard for human life to [WikiLeaks] publish documents naming people who cooperate with invaders and occupiers and in naming them may get them killed, but it isn’t disregarding human life to actually invade and occupy a country, killing people in the process. Could someone please explain the morality to me, because I continue to look at this and the statist view makes utterly no moral sense to me.”
Charles Featherstone

“Ultimately, Wikileaks is about the desire to expose compromising secrets, not about maintaining Websites. And Wikileaks is just one incarnation of that push for transparency — taking the Website, the organization or its leader out of the picture only shifts the action elsewhere.”
J.D. Tuccille

“Let the debtors default and let the capitalists pick up the pieces.”
Eric Fry

“One by one, people will wake up and consider their options. 'Stay and fight' is just a bombastic rallying cry of the institutionalized, not a real option. The fact is, there is no enemy, there is no fight... there is only gradual erosion of freedom and opportunity.”
Simon Black

“Every increased resistance to the empire or any concocted event is going to be played as a threat to the mythical national security and used to enhance control over people so as to dampen any resistance. The new Old Order is not going to give up without a struggle. Trash it in your minds. Think of it as trash, as rubbish, which it is. It trashes everything it touches. And think of the people unalterably in it and who unwaveringly support it and have every intent to extend it further as trash for being the liars, manipulators, hypocrites, thieves, murderers, usurpers, and traitors that they are.”
Michael Rozeff

“Nothing could be more unnatural, indeed incompatible with the natural order, than placing the supposed 'interests' of the amalgam of inanimate objects that we call earth above the inviolable rights of the individual.”
David D'Amato

“Laws and rights are not the same thing. Laws either respect or disrespect rights, but they do not bestow them, because the government is not from whence rights flow, and you cannot bestow that which you do not first possess."
Karl Denninger

“One might worry that these [WikiLeaks provided] leaks could weaken international relations to the point of war. But the fact is... international relations are already at the point of war. And while some obedient citizens may remain loyal to their governments, many others are no longer going to be so eager to fight and die for the interests of their disgraced leaders.”

“If secrecy is necessary for national security and effective diplomacy, it is also inevitable that the prerogative of secrecy will be used to hide the misdeeds of the permanent state and its privileged agents. I suspect that there is no scheme of government oversight that will not eventually come under the indirect control of the generals, spies, and foreign-service officers it is meant to oversee.”
Tom Kirkendall

“Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn

“For those who can read the writing on the wall, the message is clear: we’re living in a corporate police state. The government has taken on the identity of the corporation, which exists to make money and amass power – not protect freedoms.”
John W. Whitehead

“We have a trans-political ideology; it is not right, it is not left, it is about understanding. Before you can give any advice, any program about how to deal with the world, how to put the civil into civilization. How to gain influence on people. Before you can have that program, first you have to understand what is actually going on. How does the world actually work. How do human civilisation and institutions actually work. What are they doing? Because, any remedy must be based on what is actually happening in practice. Because, if it is not based on what is actually happening it is based on some kind of fantasy. And therefore any program or recommendation, any political ideology that comes out of that misunderstanding will itself be a misunderstanding.
So, we say, to some degree all political ideologies are currently bankrupt. Because they do not have the raw ingredient they need to address the world. The raw ingredient to understand what is actually happening."
Julian Assange

“Democracy is the legitimizing story for modern government. But government actually suppresses democracy by ruling over people and using its control of information to mislead the public. The success of WikiLeaks in dispersing the power of knowledge among the broader population damages the ruling class’s ability to prevent people from making informed decisions.”
Darian Worden
From the Darkness:
“We have to reinforce the authority of the public authority. It is on the authority of the public authority that we can continue the resistance to an environment which is very demanding and will continue to be demanding for a period of time.”
Jean Clude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank, hinting the ECB might launch a European-style quantitative easing program.

“Given the total, absolute, and final disappearance of Homo Sapiens, not only would the Earth’s community of life continue to exist, but in all probability, its well-being would be enhanced. Our presence, in short, is not needed. And if we were to take the standpoint of that Life Community and give voice to its true interests, the ending of the human epoch on Earth would most likely be greeted with a hearty ‘Good riddance!’”
Paul Taylor, philosopher and environmentalist in his, Respect for Nature: A Theory of Environmental Ethics

“Human happiness, and certainly human fecundity, are not as important as a wild and healthy planet. … [The ecosystem has] intrinsic value, more value to me than another human body or a billion of them. … Until such time as Homo Sapiens should decide to rejoin nature, some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along.”
David Grabe, biologist

"I think the man is a high-tech terrorist."
Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, on Julian Aassange

"He should be treated as an enemy combatant."
New Gingrich, on Julian Aassange

“The people who are leaking these documents need to do a gut check about their patriotism.”
Sen. Claire McCaskill on WikiLeaks [ You're right, sweetheart.  Patriotism doesn't come from the brain, but from the gut, the colon and the anus.]

“Our sources are bravely risking their lives when they stand up against the tyranny of al Qaeda, the Taliban and murderous regimes, and I simply will not stand idly by as they become death targets because of Julian Assange. Let me be very clear, WikiLeaks is not a whistleblower website and Assange is not a journalist.”
Sen. John Ensign

"We haven’t got into the specific areas of where we’re looking because we don’t want to provide a road map to the bad guys as to what we’re looking (at) and where we’re looking. But I can tell you, we’re not touching genitals.”
Nico Melendez, TSA apologist

"National security of the United States has been put at risk.  The lives of people who work for the American people have been put at risk. The American people themselves have been put at risk by these actions that I believe are arrogant, misguided and ultimately not helpful in any way."
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, whining about WikiLeaks

“I certainly believe WikiLeaks has violated The Espionage Act. The New York Times has committed at least an act of bad citizenship. Whether they've committed a crime, I think that bears very intensive inquiry by the Justice Department.”
Joe Lieberman

"I will go back convinced that our strategy is working. The bottom line is that over the last 12 months we've come a long way. . . . There is no denying that the security climate is improving and that the sacrifices of Afghan and coalition troops are achieving greater safety and security."
Robert Gates ["Waist deep in the big muddy, the big fool says to push on."]

“Americans rightly lack an imperial mentality. But lessening our engagement with the world would have devastating consequences for humanity. The disruptions we witness today are but a taste of what is to come should our country flinch from its international responsibilities.”
Robert D. Kaplan

"Texas is the only state that is grandstanding about abstract concepts of federal intrusion and not taking care of its industries."
David Doniger, an attorney and policy director for the National Resources Defense Council's Climate Center, after a federal appeals court denied Texas' request to halt nationwide greenhouse-gas regulations

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