The worst crimes were dared by a few, willed by more and tolerated by all.
To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace.
T S Eliot
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
I propose to take our countrymen’s claims of American exceptionalism seriously, which is to say I propose subjecting our country to an exceptional moral standard.
The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free.
Hate gives identity. The nigger, the fag, the bitch illuminate the border, illuminate what we ostensibly are not, illuminate the Dream of being white, of being a Man. We name the hated strangers and are thus confirmed in the tribe.
Terry Eagleton (1)
By and large, academic institutions have shifted from being the accusers of corporate capitalism to being its accomplices. They are intellectual Tescos, churning out a commodity known as graduates rather than greengroceries.
Theodore Roosevelt (1)
Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government, owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.
Theodore Roosevelt (2)
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
Thomas Clement Douglas
Fascism begins the moment a ruling class, fearing the people may use their political democracy to gain economic democracy, begins to destroy political democracy in order to retain its power of exploitation and special privilege.
Mounting a campaign against plutocracy makes as much sense to the typical Washington liberal as would circulating a petition against gravity. What our modernized liberal leaders offer is not confrontation but a kind of therapy for those flattened by the free-market hurricane: they counsel us to accept the inevitability of the situation.
Thomas Jefferson (1)
A nation which expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilisation, expects that which never was and never will be.
Thomas Jefferson (10)
The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
Thomas Jefferson (11)
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
Thomas Jefferson (2)
Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident they are acting on their own free will.
Thomas Jefferson (3)
This is the secret of propaganda: Those who are to be persuaded by it should be completely immersed in the ideas of the propaganda, without ever noticing that they are being immersed in it.
Thomas Jefferson (4)
Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.
Thomas Jefferson (5)
Not every item of news should be published. Rather must those who control news policies endeavour to make every item of news serve a certain purpose.
Thomas Jefferson (6)
It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be moulded until they clothe ideas and disguise.
Thomas Jefferson (7)
If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of everyone, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density in any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation. Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property.
Thomas Jefferson (8)
I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If the only way to get to Heaven was with a party, I would not go there at all.
Thomas Jefferson (9)
The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society.
Thomas Paine (1)
To argue with a person who has renounced reason is like administering medicine to the dead.
Thomas Paine (2)
To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.
Thomas Sowell (1)
The media are less a window on reality, than a stage on which officials and journalists perform self-scripted, self-serving fictions.
Thomas Sowell (2)
If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly.
Thomas Wolfe (1)
It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved.
Tim Cook (1)
Our own information, from the everyday to the deeply personal, is being weaponised against us [by corporations, political parties and oligarchs] with military efficiency… Taken to its extreme, this process creates an enduring digital profile that lets companies know you better than you may know yourself… Rogue actors and even governments have taken advantage of user trust to deepen divisions, incite violence, and even undermine our shared sense of what is true and what is false. This crisis is real. It is not imagined, or exaggerated, or ‘crazy.
Tim Cook (2)
Our own information, from the everyday to the deeply personal, is being weaponised against us [by corporations, political parties and oligarchs] with military efficiency... Taken to its extreme, this process creates an enduring digital profile that lets companies know you better than you may know yourself… Rogue actors and even governments have taken advantage of user trust to deepen divisions, incite violence, and even undermine our shared sense of what is true and what is false. This crisis is real. It is not imagined, or exaggerated, or ‘crazy'.
One reason we rush so quickly to the vulgar satisfactions of judgement, and love to revel in our righteous outrage, is that it spares us from the impotent pain of empathy, and the harder, messier work of understanding. Let me propose that if your beliefs or convictions matter more to you than people -if they require you to act as though you were a worse person than you are -you may have lost perspective.
Tom Green (1)
Public pranks should be seen as a crass, desperate attention grab unless there’s a risk of genuine physical or mental damage.
Tristan Harris (1)
Our politicians have sacrificed their principles on the altar of special interests; our corporate leaders have sacrificed their integrity on the altar of profits; and our media watchdogs have sacrificed the voice of dissent on the altar of audience competition.