Regular crises perpetuate the past by reinvigorating cycles which started long ago. In contrast, (capital-C) Crises are the past’s death knell. They function like laboratories in which the future is incubated. They have given us agriculture and the industrial revolution, technology and the labour contract, killer germs and antibiotics. Once they strike, the past ceases to be a reliable predictor of the future and a brave new world is born.
- Yanis Varoufakis
- Swiss Direct Democracy
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible… Thus, political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging, and sheer cloudy vagueness… Political language [is] designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.
- Thinking Without Language
- When The Bomb Drops
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