I was directly told, ‘You want to be chairman of House Administration, you want to continue to be chairman.’ They would actually put in writing that you have to raise $150,000. They still do that – Democrats and Republicans. If you want to be on this committee, it can cost you $50,000 or $100,000 – you have to raise that money in most cases.
Balthazar B (1)
Heroes – once they step into the foreground – are abusers of faith. Eventually the demagogue goes too far, gets exposed by some irreconcilible hypocrisy and falls from grace. The followers are briefly angry and disillusioned. But the faithful follower never seems to learn. Some new divine hero comes on stage and the follower is convinced this next hero is the real one, surely to God! This is a dysfunctional dynamic. Created by the brain’s neurotic storytelling using other people as caricatured characters in their life movie. Always derivative. Always anti-individual when it comes to strangers, egocentric made manifest. From the cancel culture pile-on to the maniac mobilisation of soldiers, the narratives handed down from above manipulate this slavish faith dynamic to justify and legitimise the most atrocious behaviour against other human beings. Nowadays, with tech and social media, the manipulation is intensive. It’s transforming the way millions think about and act towards the world.
Balthazar B (2)
Technology is a unique agent of change in the world. Its benefits are myriad, impossible to ignore or resist. The scale of socioeconomic and cultural disruption demands foresight and organised handling. Technology is the real-world expression of human-driven evolution rather than, for billions of years, evolution having been left to natural selection. The homo sapiens brain works exponentially faster than Mother Nature but the jury’s out whether, as a species, there’s enough wisdom to walk the line between technology changing our world and our changed world creating the conditions of human extinction.
Balthazar B (3)
We have been very effectively pacified by the pernicious ideology of a consumer society that is centered on the cult of the self – an undiluted hedonism and narcissism. That has become a very effective way to divert our attention while the country is reconfigured into a kind of neo-feudalism with a rapacious oligarchic elite and an anaemic government that no longer is able to intercede on behalf of citizens but cravenly serves the interests of the oligarchy itself.
Barney Frank (1)
We are the only people in the world required by law to take large amounts of money from strangers and then act as if it has no effect on our behaviour.
It's possible for good people in badly designed systems to perpetrate acts of great evil completely unthinkingly.
Benito Mussolini (1)
Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power
Benito Mussolini (2)
People are tired of liberty. They have had a surfeit of it. Liberty is no longer a chaste and austere virgin…. Today's youth are moved by other slogans…Order, Hierarchy, Discipline.
Benjamin Disraeli (1)
It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.
Benjamin Disraeli (2)
The only things that matter in the ongoing relationship of the citizen and the government is time and the law. Government has a monopoly on legal violence. Government makes law, from time to time. Legislation created, deleted, or amended must therefore be the most meaningful focus for the public conversation.
Benjamin Disraeli (3)
There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics.
There never was a good war or a bad peace.
Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin (1)
A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.
Benjamin Franklin (2)
It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.
Bernie Sanders (1)
I think many people have the mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. … The real truth is that Wall Street regulates the Congress.
Bernie Sanders (2)
The millionaire class and the billionaire class increasingly own the political process, and they own the politicians that go to them for money. … We are moving very, very quickly from a democratic society, one person, one vote, to an oligarchic form of society, where billionaires would be determining who the elected officials of this country are.
Bernie Sanders (3)
I've seen it for years. I've seen a media, which has basically ignored the declining middle class, that doesn't talk about poverty at all, and has no sense of what is going on in the minds of millions of ordinary Americans. They live in a bubble, talk about their world, worry about who's going to be running 18 years from now for office. Meanwhile, people can't feed their kids.
First comes a full stomach, then comes ethics.
The law is simply and solely made for the exploitation of those who do not understand it or of those who, for naked need, cannot obey it.
War does not determine who is right, only who is left.
Bertrand Russell (1)
Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible.
Bertrand Russell (2)
I think the subject which will be of most importance politically is Mass Psychology . ... It's importance has been enormously increased by the growth of modern methods of propaganda ... Although this science will be diligently studied, it will be rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated.
Bertrand Russell (3)
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt.
Bertrand Russell (4)
Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?
Bertrand Russell (5)
Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.
Bill Clinton (1)
We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans...
Bill Joy (1)
I think it is no exaggeration to say we are on the cusp of the further perfection of extreme evil, an evil whose possibility spreads well beyond that which weapons of mass destruction bequeathed to the nation-states, on to a surprising and terrible empowerment of extreme individuals.
Bill Moyes,And what happens when PR turns a profit
and truth goes penniless?"
Information is controlled because the free flow of truth is not always expedient for those wishing to maintain control.
Buzz Aldrin (1)
The artificial schism of capitalism (free and empowered individual citizen) and socialism (collective support safeguarding all citizens) is the most divisive misdirection of the modern world. Small wonder it’s been conditioned so deeply into the minds of the population. The ruling class knows reality is a complex tapestry of regulations blending both economic systems in a way that profits the wealthy and gives as little freedom and security as is unavoidable. The main role of modern democracy is to balance public and private interests so society stays stable with as little disruption to extant wealth and power distribution as possible. Stability, as a government mandate, is biased towards ring-fencing lineage wealth and the power of elites. This creates a natural excess of conservative exploitation, always pushing the limits of how far the citizen can be bled. Elections are used as a litmus for these limits. It’s a short-sighted dynamic that’s not only retarding society’s progress and slowly impoverishing most of the population but ultimately risks trapping power and wealth in a moribund cannibalistic dynamic. This is a sure-fire recipe for a degraded future – for the elite and the proletariat alike.