----- Original Message -----From: "Taoss" <email@example.com>Sent: Friday, September 14, 2001 11:40 PMSubject: Quotes I am way behind in my emails and just opened this one. I thought you might find these quotes interesting, especially in view of Tuesday's tragedy. As a species, I think we owe it to ourselves to take responsibility in all that has happened as a result of what we, as a society, have [purposely or unwittingly] sewn. War begets war; terrorism begets terrorism. Those are not my rules. They are the rules of this Universe. It's just the way things happen to work in this Universe. You reap what you sew. Goes around, comes around ~~ always ~~ without fail. It's something to think about...
Thank you, Phillipa, for sending this.
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Sent: Monday, September 10, 2001 12:49 AM
" The enormous gap between what US leaders do in the world and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments of the dominant political mythology. "
Michael Parenti, political scientist and author
"Bringing democratic control to the conduct of foreign policy requires a struggle merely to force the issue onto the public agenda."
Eric Alterman, author
"Power lies in the growth of awareness."
Herbert de Souza, Brazilian human rights activist
"As long as people are marginalized and distracted [they] have no way to organize or articulate their sentiments, or even know that others have these sentiments. People assume that they are the only people with a crazy idea in their heads. They never hear it from anywhere else. Nobody's supposed to think that. ... Since there's no way to get together with other people who share or reinforce that view and help you articulate it, you feel like an oddity, an oddball. So you just stay on the side and you don't pay any attention to what's going on. You look at something else, like the Superbowl."
Noam Chomsky, American linguist and US media and foreign policy critic
" The people can have anything they want. The trouble is, they do not want anything. At least they vote that way on election day."
Eugene Debs, American socialist leader, 1855-1926
" Given the [weapons] industry's command of the Congress and the Pentagon, the defense firms create the demand for weaponry, prescribe the technological development for our defense system, and supply the needed funds - the defense budget. There is no novelty here. This is the military-industrial complex ... "
John Kenneth Galbraith, economist and author
" It should never be forgotten that the people must have priority." Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese nationalist leader, president of North
"The crimes of the U.S. throughout the world have been systematic, constant, clinical, remorseless, and fully documented but nobody talks about them."
Harold Pinter, English dramatist
" Many Americans want to nurture an image of innocence and decency and yet most Americans want most of all to stay on top and continue to applaud clear victories in the Third World however achieved. "
Richard Falk, professor
"When you give food to the poor, they call you a saint. When you ask why the poor have no food, they call you a communist."
Archbishop Helder Camara, Brazilian liberation theologist
"Humans are complex creatures. We have a demonstrated capacity for hatred, violence, competition, and greed. We have as well a demonstrated capacity for love, tenderness, cooperation, and compassion. Healthy societies nurture the latter and in so doing create an abundance of those things that are most important to the quality of our living. Dysfunctional societies nurture the former and in so doing create scarcity and deprivation. A healthy society makes it easy to live in balance with the environment, whereas a dysfunctional society makes it nearly impossible. Whether we organize our societies for social and environmental health or for dysfunction is a choice that is ours to make."
David Korten, economist and internationalist
"Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few, and the implicit submission with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers. When we inquire by what means this wonder is effected, we shall find that, as force is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. It is, therefore, on opinion only that government is founded, and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments as well as to the most free and most popular."
David Hume, Scottish philosopher and historian, "Of the First Principles of Government" 1758
" The only way to abolish war is to make peace heroic."
John Dewey, American philosopher and educator, 1859-1952
" [The Third World War] is a war that has been fought by the United States against the Third World. It might also be called the Forty-Year War, like the Thirty-Year and Hundred-Year Wars in Europe, for this one began when the CIA was founded in 1947 and continues today. As wars go, it has been the second or third most destructive of human life in all of history, after World War I and World War II. "
John Stockwell, former CIA official and author
"We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction.... We should cease to talk about vague and unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better."
George Kennan head of U.S. State Department Policy Planning Staff, 1948
" The most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable institutions: kings and princes, priestly castes, military juntas, party dictatorships, or modern corporations."
Noam Chomsky, American linguist and US media and foreign policy critic
"A people that wants to be free must arm itself with a free press."
George Seldes, journalist
"Today the United States has, by far, the most unequal distribution of wealth and income in the industrialized world. "
Vermont Congressman Bernie Sanders
" If an American is concerned only about his nation, he will not be concerned about the peoples of Asia, Africa, or South America. Is this not why nations engage in the madness of war without the slightest sense of penitence? Is this not why the murder of a citizen of your own nation is a crime, but the murder of citizens of another nation in war is an act of heroic virtue? "
Martin Luther King, Jr.
" ... the NSS [National Security State] is an instrument of class warfare, organized and designed to permit an elite, local and multinational, to operate without any constraint from democratic processes. This allows the bulk of the population to be treated as a mere cost of production."
Edward Herman, economist and media analyst
"If the nation is destroyed and families are wiped out, then where can one flee for safety?
If you care anything about your personal security, you should first of all pray for order and tranquility throughout the four quarters of the land, should you not?" from the Rissho Ankoku Ron MW2-43
" The government of the United States does not, in its policies, express the decency of its people. "
Jerry Fresia, author of Toward an American Revolution
" Where is the outrage? ... If we are moved merely by greed, and there's no longer any respect for decent or honest government, then we will suffer the results. "
Barbara Tuchman, historian and author
" Few of us, can easily surrender our belief that society must somehow make sense. The thought that the State has lost its mind and is punishing so many innocent people is intolerable. And the evidence has to be internally denied. "
Arthur Miller, playwrite
"The U.S. talks of crimes against humanity and how it's opposed to atrocities against any human being. What about the crimes committed against those in prison? By prison staff who are immune to prosecution? Are those incarcerated not human beings? Why is there outrage against crimes committed against certain people, those who can vote but not all Americans? These questions must be answered in order for the US of America to be what it was meant to be."
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem."
Howard Zinn, "Failure to Quit", p. 45
"If every day a man takes orders in silence from an incompetent superior, if every day he solemnly performs ritual acts which he privately finds ridiculous, if he unhesitatingly gives answers to questionnaires which are contrary to his real opinions and is prepared to deny his own self in public, if he sees no difficulty in feigning sympathy or even affection where, in fact, he feels only indifference or aversion, it still does not mean that he has entirely lost the use of one of the basic human senses, namely, the sense of humiliation.