Saturday, August 12, 2017

Quotes of the Week

Enlightened insights taken from the past week’s reading:

"Our government says these are enemies, but they are not. Their forces are not bent on attacking us. They are not preparing to attack us, anymore than Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen were preparing to attack us. None of these countries began a war against us; but in one way or another the government claimed to see enemies and inserted our country into new battles and wars in these places. We must stop supporting the government when it invokes 'national security' in situations where national security is not anywhere near being at stake. We should stop supporting our government when it expansively claims that it has 'interests' all over the world."
Michael Rozeff

"It is in the supreme interest of government that the people be systematically and gradually dumbed down. People who still have the mental capacity to question 'public policy' do not think in 'the public interest.' 'Public policy' and 'the public interest' are establishment concepts of conformity. 'Public policy' and 'the public interest' refers to the interest of the state, not the interest of the people."
Bob Livingston

"The term 'liberal,' in my estimation, has been hijacked to quietly mean the liberation from 'antiquated' barbarous relics like reason, morals, character, longevity and personal responsibility.
In the 'progressive' postmodern mind there’s no way to rationally discern right from wrong with certainty. Morality is seen as entirely subjective, thus intrinsically meaningless and mostly inconsequential.
Tyranny is excused as a necessary evil when individuals 'can’t help' but act with no moral agency. (There’s no motivation to do the right thing when there’s no right thing to do.) 
Life -- that miraculous thing in which we’ve all mysteriously been endowed -- is not inherently important to the morally in-absolute. Life only has importance when it fits the narrative."
Chris Campbell

"If we truly wish to unite the American people, we must abandon our greedy nationalist daydreams. We must decentralize political power away from Washington D.C. and truly embrace the diversity of the American populace. We must reduce the potential power we have over one another so that tolerance for those we disagree with may flourish absent the threat of political coercion. Let California be California. Let Texas be Texas. Let Vermont go their own way and Alabama go another way, and so on."
Joey Clark

"People tend to think of countries as suprahuman entities with rational minds. We say, 'Russia did this' or 'The US decided that….' Countries don’t decide anything. Men (usually) do. You know, McCain, Hillary, generals, delusional Neocons, and Trump, who is eerily similar to Kaiser Wilhelm, another stochastic military naif with a codpiece need. These massive egos are not well suited to backing down or conceding that they have made a mistake."
Fred Reed

"Economics as such is a challenge to the conceit of those in power. An economist can never be a favorite of autocrats and demagogues. With them he is always the mischief-maker, and the more they are inwardly convinced that his objections were well founded, the more they hate him."
Ludwig von Mises

"Rationality belongs to the cool observer, but because of the stupidity of the average man, he follows not reason, but faith, and the naive faith requires necessary illusion and emotionally potent oversimplifications which are provided by the myth-maker to keep the ordinary person on course."
Reinhold Niebuhr

"Governments and their house servants (the mainstream media, neocons, deep state, etc) are murderous liars and the only way they dare flush a few hundred billion dollars — and oceans of blood — down the toilet of war is to first lie their brains out to the people they are confident will swallow the poison pills and call them candy."
Daniel McAdams

"Between Al Gore’s global warming and Donald Trump’s nuclear winter, maybe the weather will be nice!"
Charles Goyette

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