“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires,” – Steinbeck
“Throughout the twentieth century and into the beginning of the twenty-first, the United States repeatedly used its military power, and that of its clandestine services, to overthrow governments that refused to protect American interests. Each time, it cloaked its intervention in the rhetoric of national security and liberation. In most cases, however, it acted mainly for economic reasons-specifically to establish, promote and defend the right of Americans to do business around the world without interference.
“What chiefly governs the [U.S.] military budget is the need to spend enormous sums of money in a useless way. The allegedly powerful Pentagon is simply a receptacle for wasteful expenditure, just as a city dump is the receptacle for the refuse of a city.”Walter Karp*****
“There is nothing puzzling … about America’s gratuitously aggressive foreign policy or about the oligarchs’ successful efforts to drag the Republic into five wars. What an aggressive foreign policy accomplishes by slow degrees, a state of war accomplishes in a trice. Overnight [war] kills reform, overnight it transforms insurgents into traitors and the Republic into an imperiled realm. Overnight it strangles free politics, distracts and overawes the citizenry. Overnight it blasts public hope.”Walter Karp*****“Since free men cannot judge for themselves what endangers their freedom if they believe it is never in danger, it is the chief burden of the public school curriculum to persuade children that their liberty is always secure.”Walter Karp*****“The military budget is simply an enormous pork barrel of special privilege, the privileges taking the form of windfall profits, of no-risk profits and, most importantly, of enormous outlays of capital supplied by the Pentagon to arms contractors.”Walter Karp*****“This is how veal gets produced: A [male dairy] calf is taken from his mother, placed in a small pen, tethered so that movement is impossible, then fed a bland no-protein diet. He becomes anemic and diseased. Then he is drained of his blood and killed … there is simply no way to produce veal without torture.”Ken Midkiff*****
“There have been times, living in America of late, when it seemed I was back in the Communist Moscow I left a dozen years ago. Switch to cable TV and reporters breathlessly relay the latest wisdom from the usual unnamed ‘senior administration officials… Everyone, it seems, is on-side and on-message. Just like it used to be when the hammer and sickle flew over the Kremlin.”Rupert Cornwell in the London-based Independent newspaper*****“Those who cast the votes decide nothing; those who count the votes decide everything.”Joseph Stalin*****“Who needs censorship when we have self-censorship. When news is being withheld, or neutralized, at best, how can we expect anything but cynicism from those who read our daily papers? Maybe the reason many aren’t buying newspapers isn’t that they can get information for free on the Internet, but because they don’t believe what they read, and how can they?”Jane Lyn Stahl*****“The United States has only one party – the property party. It’s the party of big corporations, the party of money. It has two right wings; one is Democrat and the other is Republican.”Gore Vidal*****“We have thrown away the most valuable asset we had — the individual’s right to oppose both flag and country when he believed them to be in the wrong. We have thrown it away; and with it, all that was really respectable about that grotesque and laughable word, Patriotism.”Howard Zinn*****“Our government will soon become what it is already a long way toward becoming, an elective dictatorship.”Senator J. William Fulbright*****“And in the general hardening of outlook that set in … practices which had been long abandoned – imprisonment without trial, the use of war prisoners as slaves, public executions, torture to extract confessions … and the deportation of whole populations – not only became common again, but were tolerated and even defended by people who considered themselves enlightened and progressive.”George Orwell, 1984******“Intolerance of dissent is a well-noted feature of the American national character.”Senator J. William Fulbright*****“The American public has become so conditioned by crises, by warnings, by words, that there are few, other than the young, who protest against what is happening.”Senator J. William Fulbright*****” They have pillaged the world. When the land has nothing left for men who ravage everything, they scour the sea. If an enemy is rich, they are greedy; if he is poor, they crave glory. Neither East nor West can sate their appetite. They are the only people on earth to covet wealth and poverty with equal craving. They plunder, they butcher, they ravish, and call it by the lying name of “empire.” They make a desert and call it “peace”.”Roman historian Tacitus*****“A well-functioning democracy has a culture of free speech, not simply legal protection of free speech. It encourages independence of mind. It imparts a willingness to challenge prevailing opinion through both words and deeds. Equally important, it encourages a certain set of attitudes in listeners, one that gives a respectful hearing to those who do not embrace the conventional wisdom. In a culture of free speech, the attitude of listeners is no less important than that of speakers.”Cass Sunstein*****“It is the professed goal [of U.S. multinational corporations] to control as large a share of the world market as they do of the United States market.”Harry Magdoff*****“The United States has no tradition of subordinating itself to international treaty-based law, and it has no interest in a world order in which military force becomes operational only as a last resort.”Peter Gowan
*****“Our strategy [after the fall of the Soviet Union] must now refocus on precluding the emergence of any potential future global competitor.”U.S. Defense Planning Guidance, 1992*****“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”Mahatma Gandhi
*****“The people will believe what the media tells them they believe.”George Orwell*****“Politicians and the media have conspired to infantilize, to dumb down, the American public. At heart, politicians don’t believe that Americans can handle complex truths, and the news media, especially television news, basically agrees.”Tom Fenton, CBS foreign correspondent*****“Americans are too broadly underinformed to digest nuggets of information that seem to contradict what they know of the world … Instead, news channels prefer to feed Americans a constant stream of simplified information, all of which fits what they already know. That way they don’t have to devote more air time or newsprint space to explanations or further investigations.”Tom Fenton, CBS foreign correspondent*****“The real threat to U.S. military power is nuclear proliferation, because if every little country has nuclear weapons it becomes very tricky for the United States to engage in military action.”Immanuel Wallerstein*****“We weren’t raised to protest. We weren’t raised to question. We were raised to wave the flag. To pledge allegiance. “My country, right or wrong.” It’s a terrible, terrible trap.”Phil Donahue*****“I think democracy fails under a variety of conditions and one of the conditions occurs when people don’t have the ability to get the kind of information they need to make up their mind. Ideologically, I don’t care much for FOX News. But the truth is that, as long as there are countervailing points of view available on the spectrum, it doesn’t matter.”Howard Dean*****“The problem the United States faces is that almost all of its invasions violate international law, and sometimes, as in the case of Iraq, in a blatant manner. So how do the political elite and the news media reconcile this contradiction? Simple: They ignore it. It is virtually unthinkable for a mainstream U.S. reporter to even pursue this issue.”John Nichols and Robert McChesney*****“What is the hardest task in the world? To think.”Ralph Waldo Emerson*****“For most of the history of the American empire, government has been a tool for preserving and furthering the power and might of white male corporate elites …”Cornel West*****“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.”Cornel West*****“The fact is … that when totalitarian nations like China and Saudi Arabia play ball with U.S. business interests, we like them just fine. But when Venezuela’s freely elected president threatens powerful corporate interests, the Bush administration treats him as an enemy.”Robert Scheer*****“[I] never saw a foreign intervention that the [New York] Times did not support, never saw a fare increase or a rent increase or a utility rate increase that it did not endorse, never saw it take the side of labor in a strike or lockout, or advocate a raise for underpaid workers. And don’t let me get started on universal health care and Social Security. So why do people think the Times is liberal?”New York Times reporter John Hess*****“You can always hear the people who are willing to sacrifice somebody else’s life. They’re plenty loud and they talk all the time. You can find them in churches and schools and newspapers and legislatures and congress. That’s their business. They sound wonderful. Death before dishonor. This ground sanctified by blood. These men who died so gloriously. They shall not have died in vain. Our noble dead.”Dalton Trumbo, Johnny Got His Gun*****“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”Edward Abbey*****“Paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people…”Hugo Black, Supreme Court Justice*****“The country is governed for the richest, for the corporation, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the expoiters.”Helen Keller*****“The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of the nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad. The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies but would be ashamed to tell a big one.”Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf*****“They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war there is nothing sweet or fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.”Ernest Hemingway*****“We are mad, not only individually, but nationally. We check manslaughter and isolated murders; but what of war and the much vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples?”Lucius Annaeus Seneca – the Younger, Roman statesman, philosopher*****“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence that it is not utterly absurd.”Bertrand Russell*****“You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.”Norman Douglas*****
“To criticize one’s country is to do it a service …. Criticism, in short, is more than a right; it is an act of patriotism-a higher form of patriotism, I believe, than the familiar rituals and national adulation.”J. William Fulbright*****“You believe you are dying for the fatherland – you die for some industrialists.”Anatoly Franace*****“The American press, with a very few exceptions:, is a kept press. Kept by the big corporations the way a whore is kept by a rich man.”Theodore Dreiser*****
“It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion.”Josph Goebbels, Nazi propaganda minister*****
“Humanity’s most valuable assets have been the non-conformists. Were it not for the nonconformists, he who refuses to be satisfied to go along with the continuance of things as they are, and insists upon attempting to find new ways of bettering things, the world would have known little progress indeed.”Josiah Gitt*****
“People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage.”John Kenneth Galbraith*****“It is true that you may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”Abraham Lincoln*****“The majority of people believe in incredible things which are absolutely false. The majority of people daily act in a manner prejudicial to their general well-being.”Ashley Montagu*****“In individuals insanity is rare, but in groups, parties, nations and epochs it is the rule.”Friedrich Nietzsche*****“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 truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.”Thomas Jefferson*****“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.”George Orwell*****“Throughout much of its history, the AFL-CIO and other U.S. labor organizations have worked with CIA and multi-national corporations to overthrow democratically-elected governments, collaborated with dictators against progressive labor movements, supported reactionary labor movements against progressive governments, worked with corporate America to organize racist and protectionist campaigns against foreign countries, and encouraged racist campaigns against immigrant workers.”Lee Siu Hin*****“No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine.”William Blum*****“Conceit, arrogance and egotism are the essentials of patriotism…. Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided into little spots, each one surrounded by an iron gate. Those who had the fortune of being born on some particular spot, consider themselves better, nobler, grander, more intelligent than the living beings inhabiting any other spot. It is, therefore, the duty of everyone living on that chosen spot to fight, kill, and die in the attempt to impose his superiority upon all others.”Emma Goldman*****“Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign “aid” organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet’s natural resources. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder. They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization. I should know; I was an EHM.”John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man*****“[Ronald] Reagan … was most definitely a global empire builder, a servant of the corporatocracy… He would cater to the men who shuttled back and forth from corporate CEO offices to bank boards and into the halls of government. He would serve the men who appeared to serve him but who in fact ran the government – men like Vice President George H. W. Bush, Secretary of State George Shultz, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, Richard Cheney, Richard Helms, and Robert McNamara. He would advocate what those men wanted: an America that controlled the world and all its resources, a world that answered to the commands of that America, a U.S. military that would enforce the rules as they were written by America, and an international trade and banking system that supported America as CEO of the global empire.”John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man*****“All democracies turn into dictatorships – but not by coup. The people give their democracy to a dictator, whether it’s Julius Caesar or Napoleon or Adolf Hitler. Ultimately, the general population goes along with the idea… That’s the issue that I’ve been exploring: How did the Republic turn into the Empire … and how does a democracy become a dictatorship?Star Wars fimmaker George Lucas*****“While free markets tend to democratize a society, unfettered capitalism leads invariably to corporate control of government.”Robert Kennedy. Jr.*****“How far have we gone where people don’t want to air their views for fear of ending up on some kind of terrorist watch list?”David Rowell, editor of The Travel Insider magazine about air travel watchlists and dissent*****“To understand free speech means freedom to speak what others do not like and even cannot stand to hear? … Tolerating what you like is hardly a major achievement. Hitler tolerated what he liked. So did Stalin. Idi Amin did too. So did Genghis Khan, the Shah, and Henry Kissinger. Free speech only becomes an issue when someone says what others don’t want to hear.”Michael Albert*****“We were not born critical of existing society. There was a moment in our lives (or a month, or a year) when certain facts appeared before us, startled us, and then caused us to question beliefs that were strongly fixed in our consciousness-embedded there by years of family prejudices, orthodox schooling, imbibing of newspapers, radio, and television.”Howard Zinn*****“There is a hard core of people in the United States who will not be moved, whatever facts you present, from their conviction that this nation means only to do good, and almost always does good, in the world, that it is the beacon of liberty and freedom.”Howard Zinn*****“Although tyranny, because it needs no consent, may successfully rule over foreign peoples, it can stay in power only if it destroys first of all the national institutions of its own people.”Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951)*****“Change comes from a degree of discomfort that allows for and spurs thought and action.”William Blum*****“To initiate a war of aggression … is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, Germany – 1946*****“Look, if you think any American official is going to tell you the truth, then you’re stupid. Did you hear that? – stupid.”
Arthur Sylvester, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, 1965*****” The news and truth are not the same thing. “Walter Lippmann*****“This [the U.S. Constitution] is likely to be administered for a course of years and then end in despotism… when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.”Benjamin Franklin*****“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”Abraham Lincoln*****
“If fascism ever came to the United States, it would be wrapped in an American flag.”Huey Long*****“fascism – A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism.”The American Heritage Dictionary, 1983*****“Fascism is on the march today in America. Millionaires are marching to the tune. It will come in this country unless a strong defense is set up by all liberal and progressive forces… A clique of U.S. industrialists is hell-bent to bring a fascist state to supplant our democratic government, and is working closely with the fascist regime in Germany and Italy. Aboard ship a prominent executive of one of America’s largest financial corporations told me point blank that if the progressive trend of the Roosevelt administration continued, he would be ready to take definite action to bring fascism to America.”former Ambassador to Germany William Dodd, 1938*****“We live in a nation hated abroad and frightened at home. A place in which we can reasonably refer to the American Republic in the past tense. A country that has moved into a post-constitutional era, no longer a nation of laws but an autotocracy run by law breakers, law evaders and law ignorers. A nation governed by a culture of impunity … a culture in which corruption is no longer a form of deviance but the norm. We all live in a Mafia neighborhood now.”Sam Smith*****“The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.”Alex Carey*****“The point of public relations slogans like “Support our troops” is that they don’t mean anything… That’s the whole point of good propaganda. You want to create a slogan that nobody’s going to be against, and everybody’s going to be for. Nobody knows what it means, because it doesn’t mean anything. Its crucial value is that it diverts your attention from a question that does mean something: Do you support our policy? That’s the one you’re not allowed to talk about.”Noam Chomsky*****“Maybe this time the voters chose what they actually want: Nationalism, pre-emptive war, order not justice, “safety” through torture, backlash against women and gays, a gulf between haves and have-nots, government largesse for their churches and a my-way-or-the-highway President.”Katha Pollitt on the results of the 2004 election*****“The biggest political joke in America is that we have a liberal press. It’s a joke taken seriously by a surprisingly large number of people… The myth of the liberal press has served as a political weapon for conservative and right-wing forces eager to discourage critical coverage of government and corporate power … Americans now have the worst of both worlds: a press that, at best, parrots the pronouncements of the powerful and, at worst, encourages people to be stupid with pseudo-news that illuminates nothing but the bottom line.”Mark Hertzgaard*****“Once the war against Saddam begins, we expect every American to support our military, and if they can’t do that, to shut Up.”Bill O’Reilly, Fox News*****” The crisis of modern democracy is a profound one. Free elections, a free press and an independent judiciary mean little when the free market has reduced them to commodities available on sale to the highest bidder.”Arundhati Roy*****“Television is altering the meaning of “being informed” by creating a species of information that might properly be called disinformation… Disinformation does not mean false information. It means misleading information – misplaced, irrelevant, fragmented or superficial information – information that creates the illusion of knowing something, but which in fact leads one away from knowing.”Neil Postman*****“NPR and PBS at a national level tend to provide a bland variant of mainstream and conventional journalism, comparable to what’s on the commercial networks, especially on highly sensitive matters such as the economy and the U.S. role in the world. Public broadcasting is so obsessed with conservative criticism, even more than commercial news media journalists are, that it bends over backwards to appease the Right and appear “balanced.”Robert McChesney*****“24.9 percent of American children live in poverty, while the proportions in Germany, France and Italy are 8.6, 7.4 and 10.5 percent. And once born on the wrong side of the tracks, Americans are more likely to stay there than their counterparts in Europe. Those born to better-off families are more likely to stay better off. America is developing an aristocracy of the rich and a serfdom of the poor – the inevitable result of a twenty-year erosion of its social contract.”Will Hutton*****“To oppose the policies of a government does not mean you are against the country or the people that the government supposedly represents. Such opposition should be called what it really is: democracy, or democratic dissent, or having a critical perspective about what your leaders are doing. Either we have the right to democratic dissent and criticism of these policies or we all lie down and let the leader, the Fuhrer, do what is best, while we follow uncritically, and obey whatever he commands. That’s just what the Germans did with Hitler, and look where it got them.”Michael Parenti*****“Selective Service has been registering young men for over 20 years and at any moment the president can go to Congress and ask them to reauthorize conscription for a male combat draft for ages 18-25. All that is needed is a short, “trigger” resolution and the draft for men 18 to 25 is back.”from blatanttruth.org*****“We’re not in the business of providing news and information, We’re simply in the business of selling our customers’ products. “Clear Channel CEO Lowry Mays*****“Only the grand scale and technocratic impersonality of the crimes conceived and directed by the [U.S.] ruling elite acting under cover of state authority distinguish them from garden variety killers.”
Darrell Hamamoto*****“Americans cannot escape a certain responsibility for what is done in our name around the world. In a democracy, even one as corrupted as ours, ultimate authority rests with the people. We empower the government with our votes, finance it with our taxes, bolster it with our silent acquiescence. If we are passive in the face of America’s official actions overseas, we in effect endorse them.”Mark Hertzgaard*****“Media criticism does exist in America. But by and large, it is not citizen-based criticism designed to make media a better source of information in a democracy. Instead, it is a cynical manipulation of the discourse designed to silence even the mildest dissent from the conservative, militantly pro-corporate dogma that has come to pass for news in an era when “reporters” brag about the size of their American-flag lapel pins.”Robert McChesney and John Nichols*****“Cuba has … been condemned for not allowing its people to flee the island. That so many want to leave Cuba is treated as proof that Cuban socialism is a harshly repressive system, rather than that the U.S. embargo has made life difficult in Cuba. That so many millions more want to leave capitalist countries like Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, El Salvador, Philippines, South Korea, Macedonia, and others too numerous to list is never treated as grounds for questioning the free-market system that inflicts such misery on the Third World.”Michael Parenti*****“The era of manufacturing consent has given way to the era of manufacturing news. Soon media newsrooms will drop the pretense, and start hiring theater directors instead of journalists.”Arundhati Roy*****“While vast sums of money are being siphoned off into hidden [military] coffers, Americas schools, hospitals and public services are facing cutbacks and closures.”Representative Henry Waxman*****“The United States is a society in which people not only can get by without knowing much about the wider world but are systematically encouraged not to think independently or critically and instead to accept the mythology of the United States as a benevolent, misunderstood giant as it lumbers around the world trying to do good.”Robert Jensen*****“It’s time for our business and political leaders to help redefine morality beyond sex, drugs, and rock and roll to include lying, hypocrisy, and callous indifference to those in need.”Arianna Huffington*****“If the test of patriotism comes only by reflexively falling into lockstep behind the leader whenever the flag is waved, then what we have is a formula for dictatorship, – not democracy… But the American way is to criticize and debate openly, not to accept unthinkingly the doings of government officials of this or any other country.”Michael Parenti*****“If the U.S. really believes that supporting terrorists makes you as guilty as the terrorists themselves, then it would have to put on trial most of its military and political leadership over the last handful of administrations, and more.”Peter McClaren*****“The media want to maintain their intimate relation to state power. They want to get leaks, they want to get invited to the press conferences. They want to rub shoulders with the Secretary of State, all that kind of business. To do that, you’ve got to play the game, and playing the game means telling their lies, serving as their disinformation apparatus.”Noam Chomsky*****“An alternative [U.S. foreign] policy offering real security would require ending the support of oppressive rulers in the Middle East and elsewhere, pursuing a more balanced approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, changing our oil-dependent energy policy, and replacing the drive for overwhelming global military dominance with policies for the peaceful prevention of atrocities and deadly conflict.”Friends Committee on National Legislation*****” Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. “Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English author and social critic*****“There is no doubt that if we lived in a police state, it would be easier to catch terrorists. If we lived in a country where the police were allowed to search your home at any time for any reason; if we lived in a country where the government is entitled to open your mail, eavesdrop on your phone conversations, or intercept your e-mail communications; if we lived in a country where people could be held indefinitely based … on mere suspicion that they are up to no good, the government would probably discover and arrest more terrorists, or would-be terrorists…. But that wouldn’t be a country in which we would want to live.”Senator Russ Feingold*****“The fact that we’ve been a great democracy doesn’t mean we will automatically keep being one if we keep waving the flag.”Norman Mailer*****“Those who own the country ought to govern it.”John Jay, first chief justice of the United States, 1787*****“Iraq was the target because neoconservatives wanted to remake the governments of the Middle East, to secure long-term US. access to oil, to open the economies to American investment and to protect Israel through installation of governments friendly to the United States.”David Moberg*****“The communists had Pravda. Republicans have Fox.”MoveOn.org ad*****“In a media universe where you’re likely to find right-wing conservatives on ABC, Fox, or NPR, the facts don’t matter; only the framing. And in the hands of biased pundits posing as objective journalists, the framing is always going to be the same: promilitary, pro-government, and pro-war.”David Potorti*****“The United States is the world’s largest consumer of oil …. Much of the world’s oil lies beneath Iraq and its Gulf neighbors… experts say oil played a significant role in the decision to confront Iraq.”Council on Foreign Relations*****“This is not about oil, and anyone who thinks that is badly misunderstanding the situation.”Donald Rumsfeld*****“The trauma of 9/11 stimulated infinite possibilities for worry – some quite plausible, but most inspired by remote what-if fantasies. A society bingeing on fear makes itself vulnerable to far more profound forms of destruction than terror attacks. The “terrorism war”, like a nostalgic echo of the cold war, is using these popular fears to advance a different agenda – the re-engineering of American life through permanent mobilization.”William Greider*****“A terrorist is someone who has a bomb but doesn’t have an air force.”William Blum*****“For the third time in the last hundred years, the U.S. has invaded and occupied Haiti. Working behind the scenes, the U.S. conducted a destabilization campaign aimed at toppling the government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. This is a message to the rest of the region: If you don’t obey, the U.S. will impose sanctions, overthrow your government, install a client regime, and support death squads to crush any resistance.”Ashley Smith*****“Democracy is not about trust; it is about distrust. It is about accountability, exposure, open debate, critical challenge, and popular input and feedback from the citizenry. It is about responsible government. We have to get our fellow Americans to trust their leaders less and themselves more, trust their own questions and suspicions, and their own desire to know what is going on.”Michael Parenti*****“To become informed and hold government accountable, the general public needs to obtain news that is comprehensive yet interesting and understandable, that conveys facts and outcomes, not cosmetic images and airy promises. But that is not what the public demands.”Eric Alterman*****“The United States is the greatest threat to world peace, and has been for a long time, and not merely because it is the world’s only superpower. Equally important, the United States is also far more disposed to use its power than any other powerful nation currently is. Though Americans are culturally and emotionally blind to the fact, the mere intrusion of US power is, in and of itself, destabilizing.”T.D. Allman*****“The corporations don’t have to lobby the government any more. They are the government.”Jim Hightower*****“The men and women who enlist in this country’s military [should] be told the truth that they are not protecting the United States, they are and always have been protecting corporate interests.”Chante Wolf*****“The job of the President is to set the agenda and the job of the press is to follow the agenda that the leadership sets.”Lawrence Grossman – longtime head of PBS and NBC News*****“[The ruling elites] know who their enemies are, and their enemies are the people, the people at home and the people abroad. Their enemies are anybody who wants more social justice, anybody who wants to use the surplus value of society for social needs rather than for individual class greed, that’s their enemy.”Michael Parenti*****“From 1945 to 2003, the United States attempted to overthrow more than 40 foreign governments, and to crush more than 30 populist-nationalist movements fighting against intolerable regimes. In the process, the US bombed some 25 countries, caused the end of life for several million people, and condemned many millions more to a life of agony and despair.”William Blum*****“War, we have come to believe, is a spectator sport. The military and the press … have turned war into a vast video arcade game. Its very essence – death – is hidden from public view.”Chris Hedges*****“A tiny portion of the population controls the lion’s share of the wealth and most of the command positions of state, manufacturing, banking, investment, publishing, higher education, philanthropy, and media… these individuals exercise a preponderant influence over what is passed off as public information and democratic discourse.”Michael Parenti*****“The media serve the interests of state and corporate power, which are closely interlinked, framing their reporting and analysis in a manner supportive of established privilege and limiting debate and discussion accordingly.”Noam Chomsky*****“[U.S.] domestic policy … has focused on creating a massive welfare state for corporations even as the minimal welfare state benefiting the majority of the people was dismantled.”Lawrence Shoup “Media manipulation in the U.S. today is more efficient than it was in Nazi Germany, because here we have the pretense that we are getting all the information we want. That misconception prevents people from even looking for the truth.”Mark Crispin Miller*****“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”Joseph Goebbels, German Minister of Propaganda, 1933-1945*****“This country is in the grip of a President who was not elected, who has surrounded himself with thugs in suits who care nothing about human life abroad or here, who care nothing about freedom abroad or here, who care nothing about what happens to the earth… The so-called war on terrorism is not only a war on innocent people in other countries, but it is also a war on the people of the United States: a war on our liberties, a war on our standard of living. The wealth of the country is being stolen from the people and handed over to the superrich. The lives of our young are being stolen. And the thieves are in the White House.”Howard Zinn*****“George Bush and corporate America are intent on eliminating taxes on all capital incomes. Nor do they care if record budget deficits are the result. Many of their more right-wing friends, including those in Congress, actually want larger deficits. They see chronic, record deficits as producing the budget crisis necessary to use as an excuse to privatize Social Security and dismantle what remains of the Roosevelt New Deal programs of the 1930s.”Jack Rasmus*****“We are the only advanced nation without a national system of subsidized health care.”Elliott Currie, Crime and Punishment in America*****“With each newly minted crisis, US leaders roll out the same time-tested scenario. They start demonizing a foreign leader … charging them with being communistic or otherwise dictatorial, dangerously aggressive, power hungry, genocidal, given to terrorism or drug trafficking, ready to deny us access to vital resources, harboring weapons of mass destruction, or just inexplicably “anti-American” and “anti-West.” Lacking any information to the contrary, the frightened public … are swept along.”Michael Parenti*****“[The Right] lie with impunity. Let’s face it. They’re liars. They lied about the reason they took our sons and daughters to war. They spend millions of dollars in campaign ads saying they are for a prescription drug benefit under Medicare while they work to destroy Medicare and replace it with private plans and HMOs. They call their dirty air legislation “Clear Skies” and their plan to give the timber companies our trees, “Healthy Forests.” They call their job-killing economic program a “jobs program.” They say they are for peace when they are for war. Millions of children are left behind under their miserly “No Child Left Behind” education bill. They tout a child tax credit for working families and then silently drop it in favor of more tax cuts for millionaires.”Rep. Jan Schakowsky*****“When a republic’s most venerable institutions no longer operate as they were intended, it becomes possible for small cabals to usurp power, and, while keeping the forms, corrupt the function of those institutions for their own ends. Looking at things that way, the George W. Bush presidency has been both result and symptom of the decadence of America’s constitutional mechanisms.”T.D. Allman*****“Where did this idea come from that everybody deserves free education, free medical care, free whatever? It comes from Moscow, from Russia. It comes straight out of the pit of hell.”Texas State Representative Debbie Riddle of Houston*****“Somebody’s paying the corporations that destroyed Iraq and the corporations that are rebuilding it. They’re getting paid by the American taxpayer in both cases. So we pay them to destroy the country, and then we pay them to rebuild it. Those are gifts from U.S. taxpayer to U.S. corporations…”Noam Chomsky “The U.S. record of war crimes has been, from the nineteenth century to the present, a largely invisible one, with no government, no political leaders, no military officials, no lower-level operatives held accountable for criminal actions… Anyone challenging this mythology is quickly marginalized, branded a traitor or Communist or terrorist or simply a lunatic beyond the pale of reasonable discussion.”Carl Boggs*****“America’s punitive and reactive response to crime is an integral part of the new social Darwinism, the criminal justice counterpart of an increasingly harsh attack on living standards and social supports, especially for the poor … America [is] a society in which a permanent state of social disintegration is held in check only by the creation of a swollen apparatus of confinement and control that has no counterpart in our own history or in any other industrial democracy.”Elliott Currie*****“The quest for homeland security is heading … toward the quasi-militarization of everyday life … If danger might lurk anywhere, maybe everything must be protected and policed.”William Greider*****“Cheap labor has always been at the heart of U.S.-Haitian relations, ever since the Haitian Revolution in 1804. It was actually a slave rebellion, the first and still the only successful one in modern history. The U.S. sided with French colonialism as the U.S. economy was based on slavery at the time and Haiti represented the first “dangerous example.”Ricky Baldwin*****“Expecting FOX News to report real news is about as silly as waiting for George Bush and Dick Cheney to tell the truth… Americans care, but it’s tough to care when you don’t know what’s going on. That ignorance is what the warmakers count on and what the corporate media delivers.”Amy Goodman*****“The U.S. continues to rank last among developed nations in official [international] development assistance, giving only 0.12% of GNP.”Friends Committee on National Legislation*****“The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist – McDonald’s cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas …”Thomas L. Friedman*****“For the media owners, allegations of a liberal bias make it easier for them to impose the conservative bias they prefer. For the pseudoliberals who work in the media system, confessing to a liberal bias is far more comfortable than admitting that they’ve sold out their beliefs for a nice salary. It’s only because the mainstream media is so conservative that all these right-wing pundits can make accusations of liberal bias without opposition.”John K . Wilson*****” The political leadership of this country, as exemplified by the campaign positions of Bush and Kerry, has become so obsessed with our own security fears and so convinced of our own virtue that it has very little to offer in the way of positive socioeconomic development initiatives. To most of the people of Latin America, Africa and Asia, the United States has largely become irrelevant to their hopes for a better future — except as a potential market for some of their goods or as a source of outsourced jobs.”Sherle Schewenninger*****” Few trends could so thoroughly undermine the very foundations of our free society as the acceptance by corporate officials of a social responsibility other than to make as much money for their stockholders as possible. “Milton Friedman*****“Political discussion in the United States is usually restricted to the moderate to conservative range that precludes discussion of class conflict. If “class warfare” is mentioned, it is because a conservative wants to suggest that certain matters should be kept off-limits in American political discussion”Steve Brouwer*****“Americans tend to believe they have the best health care in the world, but in truth it is a second-rate system and destined to get a lot worse and much more expensive.”Donald Barlett and James Steele*****“[American leaders] are perhaps not so much immoral as they are amoral. It’s not that they take pleasure in causing so much death and suffering. It’s that they just don’t care … the same that could be said about a sociopath. As long as the death and suffering advance the agenda of the empire, as long as the right people and the right corporations gain wealth and power and privilege and prestige, as long as the death and suffering aren’t happening to them or people close to them … then they just don’t care about it happening to other people, including the American soldiers whom they throw into wars and who come home – the ones who make it back alive – with Agent Orange or Gulf War Syndrome eating away at their bodies. American leaders would not be in the positions they hold if they were bothered by such things.”William Blum*****“What happened was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to be governed by surprise, to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if people could understand it, it could not be released because of national security …To live in the process is absolutely not to notice it — please try to believe me — unless one has a much greater degree of political awareness, acuity, than most of us ever had occasion to develop. Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, regretted.Believe me this is true. Each act, each occasion is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for one shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join you in resisting somehow.Suddenly it all comes down, all at once. You see what you are, what you have done, or, more accurately, what you haven’t done (for that was all that was required of most of us: that we did nothing) … You remember everything now, and your heart breaks. Too late. You are compromised beyond repair. “German professor after World War II describing the rise of Nazism to a journalist*****“The U.S. is a signatory to nine multilateral treaties that it has either blatantly violated or gradually subverted. The Bush Administration is now outright rejecting a number of those treaties, and in doing so, places global security in jeopardy, as other nations feel entitled to do the same. The rejected treaties include: The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), the Treaty Banning Antipersonnel Mines, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a protocol to create a compliance regime for the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, and the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM). The U.S. is also not complying with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the Chemical Weapons Commission (CWC), the BWC, and the U.N. framework Convention on Climate Change.”Project Censored 2005*****“The moment war is declared… the mass of the people, through some spiritual alchemy, become convinced that they have willed and executed the deed themselves. They then, with the exception of a few malcontents, proceed to allow themselves to be regimented, coerced, deranged in all the environments of their lives, and turned into a solid manufactory of destruction toward whatever other people may have, in the appointed scheme of things, come within the range of the Government’s disapprobation…The State is the organization of the herd to act offensively or defensively against another herd similarly organized…War is the health of the State. It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the Government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense…But in general, the nation in wartime attains a uniformity of feeling, a hierarchy of values culminating at the undisputed apex of the State ideal, which could not possibly be produced through any other agency than war. Loyalty-or mystic devotion to the State-becomes the major imagined human value…In a nation at war, every citizen identifies himself with the whole, and feels immensely strengthened in that identification. The purpose and desire of the collective community live in each person who throws himself wholeheartedly into the cause of war…It cannot be too firmly realized that war is a function of States and not of nations, indeed that it is the chief function of States…War is the health of the State. Only when the State is at war does the modern society function with that unity of sentiment, simple uncritical patriotic devotion, cooperation of services, which have always been the ideal of the State lover…”Randolph Bourne, “The State”, 1918*****“Free and responsible government by popular consent just can’t exist without an informed public.”Bill Moyers*****“Four sorrows … are certain to be visited on the United States. Their cumulative effect guarantees that the U.S. will cease to resemble the country outlined in the Constitution of 1787. First, there will be a state of perpetual war, leading to more terrorism against Americans wherever they may be and a spreading reliance on nuclear weapons among smaller nations as they try to ward off the imperial juggernaut. Second is a loss of democracy and Constitutional rights as the presidency eclipses Congress and is itself transformed from a co-equal ‘executive branch’ of government into a military junta. Third is the replacement of truth by propaganda, disinformation, and the glorification of war, power, and the military legions. Lastly, there is bankruptcy, as the United States pours its economic resources into ever more grandiose military projects and shortchanges the education, health, and safety of its citizens.”Chalmers Johnson*****“Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience … Therefore [individual citizens] have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring.”Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal, 1950*****“Those in power are blind devotees to private enterprise. They accept that degree of socialism implicit in the vast subsidies to the military-industrial-complex, but not that type of socialism which maintains public projects for the disemployed and the unemployed alike.”William O. Douglas, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1969*****“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”Margaret Mead*****” Many of us regard ourselves as mildly liberal or centrist politically, voice fairly pleasant sentiments about our poor children, contribute money to send poor kids to summer camp, feel benevolent. We’re not nazis; we’re nice people. We read sophisticated books. We go to church. We go to synagogue. Meanwhile, we put other people’s children into an economic and environmental death zone. We make it hard for them to get out. We strip the place bare of amenities. And we sit back and say to ourselves, “Well, I hope that they don’t kill each other off. But if they do, it’s not my fault.”Jonathan Kozol*****” The range of debate between the dominant U.S. [political] parties tends to closely resemble the range of debate within the business class. “Robert McChesney*****“Quite simply, there can be no popular sovereignty without a real belief in the value of government. If government does not assume and carry out public responsibilities, less accountable institutions such as the corporation will do the job in their own self-interest.”Charles Derber, Corporation Nation*****“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”Benjamin Franklin, 1759*****“If those in charge of our society – politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television – can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.”Howard Zinn*****“The goal of conservative rulers around the world, led by those who occupy the seats of power in Washington, is the systematic rollback of democratic gains, public services, and common living standards around the world.”Michael Parenti*****” To accept opinions is to gain the good solid feeling of being correct without having to think. “C. Wright Mills – from the book The Power Elite*****“Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship.”William Blum*****” The only way to abolish war is to make peace heroic.”John Dewey, American philosopher and educator, 1859-1952*****” It is only when a society shares caring values that its people can feel secure. “Michael Lerner*****“The only thing worth globalizing is dissent.”Arundhati Roy*****“In the United States, both the upper levels of the Republican and Democratic Parties are in the pay of the corporate media and communication giants.”Robert McChesney and John Nichols*****” The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought.”Emma Goldman*****“For the last fifty years we’ve been supporting right-wing governments, and that is a puzzlement to me…I don’t understand what there is in the American character… that almost automatically, even when we have a liberal President, we support fascist dictatorships or are tolerant towards them.”William Shirer*****“No form of government, once in power, can be trusted to limit its own ambition, to extend freedom and to wither away. This means that it is up to the citizenry, those outside of power, to engage in permanent combat with the state, short of violent, escalatory revolution, but beyond the gentility of the ballot-box, to insure justice, freedom and well being.”Howard Zinn*****” I am astonished each time I come to the U.S. by the ignorance of a high percentage of the population, which knows almost nothing about Latin America or about the world. It’s quite blind and deaf to anything that may happen outside the frontiers of the U.S..Eduardo Galeano*****” When everyone is thinking the same, no one is thinking.”John Wooden*****“To provide its happy people with perpetual fun is now the deepest purpose of Western civilization.”Jeremy Seabrook*****” With unfailing consistancy, U.S. intervention has been on the side of the rich and powerful of various nations at the expense of the poor and needy. Rather than strengthening democracies, U.S. leaders have overthrown numerous democratically elected governments or other populist regimes in dozens of countries … whenever these nations give evidence of putting the interests of their people ahead of the interests of multinational corporate interests.”Michael Parenti*****” 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.*****“There is no reason to accept the doctrines crafted to sustain power and privilege, or to believe that we are constrained by mysterious and unknown social laws. These are simply decisions made within institutions that are subject to human will and that must face the test of legitimacy. And if they do not meet the test, they can be replaced by other institutions that are more free and more just, as has happened often in the past.”Noam Chomsky*****” What would have happened if millions of American and British people, struggling with coupons and lines at the gas stations, had learned that in 1942 Standard Oil of New Jersey [part of the Rockefeller empire] managers shipped the enemy’s fuel through neutral Switzerland and that the enemy was shipping Allied fuel? Suppose the public had discovered that the Chase Bank in Nazi-occupied Paris after Pearl Harbor was doing millions of dollars’ worth of business with the enemy with the full knowledge of the head office in Manhattan [the Rockefeller family among others?] Or that Ford trucks were being built for the German occupation troops in France with authorization from Dearborn, Michigan? Or that Colonel Sosthenes Behn, the head of the international American telephone conglomerate ITT, flew from New York to Madrid to Berne during the war to help improve Hitler’s communications systems and improve the robot bombs that devastated London? Or that ITT built the FockeWulfs that dropped bombs on British and American troops? Or that crucial balI bearings were shipped to Nazi-associated customers in Latin America with the collusion of the vice-chairman of the U.S. War Production Board in partnership with Goering’s cousin in Philadelphia when American forces were desperately short of them? Or that such arrangements were known about in Washington and either sanctioned or deliberately ignored?”Charles Higham, researcher, about U.S.-Nazi collaboration during WWII
Americans are the best entertained and the least informed people in the world.
*****“Far from being the terrorists of the world, the Islamic peoples have been its victims, principally the victims of U.S. fundamentalism, whose power, in all its forms-military, strategic, and economic-is the greatest source of terrorism on Earth…. People are neither still nor stupid. They see their independence compromised, their resources and land and the lives of their children taken away, and their accusing fingers increasingly point north: to the great enclaves of plunder and privilege. Inevitably, terror breeds terror and more fanaticism. But how patient the oppressed have been. Their distant voices of rage are now heard; the daily horrors in faraway brutalized places have at last come home.”John Pilger*****” Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power.”Benito Mussolini*****” 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*****“The United States is no longer the nation its citizens once thought: a place, unlike most others in the world, free from censorship and thought police, where people can say what they want, when they want to, about their government… Until the citizens of this land aggressively defend their First Amendment rights of free speech, there is little hope that the march to censorship will be reversed. The survival of the cornerstone of the Bill of Rights is at stake.”Angus Mackenzie, Secrets*****” The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum – even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate. “Noam Chomsky*****“I believe the profligate waste of our resources on irrelevant weapons systems and the Asian economic meltdown, as well as the continuous trail of military ‘accidents’ and of terrorist attacks on American installations and embassies, are all portents of a twenty-first century crisis in America’s empire, an empire based on the projection of military power to every corner of the world and on the use of American capital and markets to force global economic integration on our terms, at whatever costs to others.”Chalmers Johnson*****” In the 1980s capitalism triumphed over communism. In the l990s it triumphed over democracy. “David Korten*****“The U.S. government leaders … have created an idol, the military machine. They require the people of this country to sacrifice to this idol. Not only tax dollars, but the lives and futures of the nation’s young people, the health of communities and society, and the well-being of natural resources and the environment are all offered up at the altar of military might.”Friends Committee on National Legislation*****“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.”Theodore Roosevelt*****“A properly functioning system of indoctrination has a variety of tasks. Its primary target are the “stupid and ignorant masses”. They must be kept that way; marginalized, and isolated. Ideally, each person should be alone in front of the TV screen watching sports, soap operas, or comedies, deprived of organizational structures that permit individuals lacking resources to discover what they think and believe in, to engage in interaction with others, to formulate their own concerns and programs, and to act to realize them. This hapless multitude are the proper targets of the mass media and a public education system geared to obedience and training in needed skills, including the skill of repeating patriotic slogans on timely occasions.”Noam Chomsky*****“Until we go through it ourselves, until our people cower in the shelters of New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles and elsewhere while the buildings collapse overhead and burst into flames, and dead bodies hurtle about and, when it is over for the day or the night, emerge in the rubble to find some of their dear ones mangled, their homes gone, their hospitals, churches, schools demolished – only after that gruesome experience will we realize what we are inflicting on the people of Indochina …”William Shirer*****“Our rulers for more than half a century have made sure that we are never to be told the truth about anything that our government has done to other people.”Gore Vidal*****“The loud little handful will shout for war. The pulpit will warily and cautiously protest at first…. The great mass of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes, and will try to make out why there should be a war, and they will say earnestly and indignantly: “It is unjust and dishonorable and there is no need for war.”Then the few will shout even louder…. Before long you will see a curious thing: anti-war speakers will be stoned from the platform, and free speech will be strangled by hordes of furious men who still agree with the speakers but dare not admit it…Next, the statesmen will invent cheap lies…and each man will be glad of these lies and will study them because they soothe his conscience; and thus he will bye and bye convince himself that the war is just and he will thank God for a better sleep he enjoys by his self-deception.”Mark Twain*****“Societies characterized by enduring deep divisions of income and wealth, such as most third-world societies, are wounded societies with little sense of the common good… As America drifts in this direction, ending poverty and redistributing income should be at the top of the national agenda.”Charles Derber*****“We are in the process of destroying an entire nation. It is as simple and terrifying as that. It is illegal and immoral.”Denis Halliday*****“For the last fifty years we’ve been supporting right-wing governments, and that is a puzzlement to me…I don’t understand what there is in the American character… that almost automatically, even when we have a liberal President, we support fascist dictatorships or are tolerant towards them.”William Shirer*****“There are buried truths in our history which continue to insist themselves back into the light, perhaps, because they hold within them the nearly dead embers of what we were once intended to be as a nation.”Rev. James M. Lawson and actor Mike Farrell
*****“There is no free lunch for the creature comforts delivered by the corporation. The ravaging of nature, the erosion of economic security, the destabilization of the family, the commercialization of all human relationships, the corruption of democracy, and the dissipation of spiritual meaning in the face of rampant materialism – these are all part of the cost of the corporate system as we know it. And they add up to a very high price to pay for the bounty of the great American shopping mall.”Charles Derber*****‘Bribes given to Third World officials most likely find their resting place in the banks of First World countries, which makes us accessories to the crimes.”Toronto Star newspaper*****“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”Albert Einstein*****” Not a nut or bolt shall reach Chile under Allende. Once Allende comes to power we shall do all within our power to condemn Chile and all Chileans to utmost deprivation and poverty…”U.S. Ambassador to Chile*****“Arms manufacturers need war like umbrella makers need rain.”Eduardo Galeano*****“First they came for the communists, but I was not a communist – so I said nothing.
Then they came for the social democrats, but I was not a social democrat – so I did nothing.
Then they came for the trade unionists, but I was not a trade unionist.
And then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew – I did little.
Then when they came for me, there was no one left who could stand up for me.”Martin Niemoller, German anti-Nazi pastor during World War II*****“Globalization can be seen as the triumph of capitalism: the ascendancy of economics over politics, of corporate demands over public policy, of the private over the public interest, of the transnational corporation and its global framework over the national state.”Gary Teeple*****” Everyone’s values are defined by what they will tolerate when it is done to others. “William Greider*****“Why should we worry about the death squads? They’re bumping off the commies, our enemies. I’d give them more power. Hell, I’d give them some cartridges if I could, and everyone else would too…Why should we criticize them? The death squad – I’m for it.”Former president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Guatemala*****” The range of debate between the dominant U.S. [political] parties tends to closely resemble the range of debate within the business class. “Robert McChesney*****“Those in power are blind devotees to private enterprise. They accept that degree of socialism implicit in the vast subsidies to the military-industrial-complex, but not that type of socialism which maintains public projects for the disemployed and the unemployed alike.”William O. Douglas, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice*****“Perhaps, you have a responsibility to be informed, to know for yourself. To know the truth. And then, perhaps you must decide with your own conscience and you r personal energy and your resources what you should do.”Isabel Allende*****” We are willing to accept lies if they make our lives easier. “Producer from the TV series “People’s Century”*****“The Seattle movement will have to turn its mind to political action that makes use of the ballot box and the voting machine to secure a change at the top.”
Tony Benn, British Labour Party Member of Parliament*****“The search of the young today is more specific than the ancient search for the Holy Grail. The search of the youth today is for ways and means to make the machine – and the vast bureaucracy of the corporation state and of government that runs that machine – the servant of man. That is the revolution that is coming. It could be a revolution in the nature of an explosive political regeneration. It depends on how wise the Establishment is. If, with its stockpile of arms, it resolves to suppress the dissenters, America will face, I fear, an awful ordeal.”William O. Douglas, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice*****“If you want to know about the world and understand and educate yourself, you have to dig;
dig up books and articles, read and find out for yourself.”John Stockwell*****“One of the intentions of corporate-controlled media is to instill in people a sense of disempowerment, of immobilization and paralysis. Its outcome is to turn you into good consumers. It is to keep people isolated, to feel that there is no possibility for social change.”David Barsamian*****“It is a paradox that the nation that did so much to articulate and codify human rights in its foundation documents has so consistently resisted the effective functioning of an international framework to protect these principles and values.”Amnesty International*****“The Pentagon has a fantastic budget that enables it to dream of putting down the much-needed revolutions which will arise in Peru, in the Philippines, and in other benighted countries.”William O. Douglas, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice*****” To keep information from the public is the function of the corporate media.”Gore Vidal*****“The media serve the interests of state and corporate power, which are closely interlinked, framing their reporting and analysis in a manner supportive of established privilege and limiting debate and discussion accordingly.”Noam Chomsky*****“Poor people living in third-world countries are not the only victims of the so-called new world order. At the heart of this “new” order is a troubling paradox: Poor people within the United States, and the country as a whole, are getting poorer at the same time as the rich within the United States are getting richer.”Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer*****“Once you have seen certain things, you can’t un-see them, and seeing nothing is as political an act as seeing something.”Arundhati Roy*****“The modern susceptibility to conformity and obedience to authority indicates that the truth endorsed by authority is likely to be accepted as such by a majority of people, who are innately obedient to authority. This obedience-truth will then become a consensus-truth accepted by many individuals unable to stand alone against the majority. In this way, the truth promulgated by the propaganda system – however irrational – stands a good chance of becoming the consensus, and may come to seem self-evident common sense.”David Edwards*****“Around the world, the message received is that, whoever wins [the U.S. election], expect only more of the same – national narcissism disguised as altruism, corporate appeasement, and the arbitrary use of U.S. military and economic might.”Greg Guma*****“Big corporations and billionaires fund 90 percent to 98 percent of the Democratic and Republican Party budgets.”Howard Zinn*****“If a baseball player slides into home plate and, right before the umpire rules if he is safe or out, the player says to the umpire-“Here is $1,000.” What would we call that? We would call that a bribe. If a lawyer was arguing a case before a judge and said, “Your honor before you decide on the guilt or innocence of my client, here is $1,000.” What would we call that? We would call that a bribe. But if an industry lobbyist walks into the office of a key legislator and hands her or him a check for $1,000, we call that a campaign contribution. We should call it a bribe.”Janice Fine*****“When the powerful begin to act irresponsibly, it’s the responsibility of the rest of us to take their power away from them.”Barbara Ehrenreich*****” [T]here seems to be nothing to prevent the transnational corporations taking possession of the planet and subjecting humanity to the dictatorship of capital…. In order to crush any thought of organized resistance to the supporters of the new world order, tremendous police and military forces are being used to establish a doctrine of repression….”Christian la Brie, Le Monde Diplomatique (Paris)*****“[Genocide] certainly is a valid word in my view, when you have a situation where we see thousands of deaths per month, a possible total of I million to 1.5 million over the last nine years. If that is not genocide, then I don’t know quite what is.”Denis Halliday*****“Bringing democratic control to the conduct of foreign policy requires a struggle merely to force the issue onto the public agenda.”Eric Alterman*****“Our country when right, to be kept right. When wrong, to be put right.”Carl Shurz*****” We believe that the government and the police have embarked on a strategy of repression to stop, crush or marginalize the burgeoning progressive movement that gained world attention in the protest against the WTO in Seattle last year.”International Action Center attorneys*****… “the United States is slipping into a category of countries – among them Brazil, Britain, and Guatemala – where the gap [between rich and poor] is the worst around the globe.”United Nations’ Human Development Report*****” The cost of being presented as a ” responsible and serious candidate” by the media [is] usually to show fundamental agreement with the existing distribution of wealth and power. “Michael Lerner*****” Does it sound outrageous to you that military spending for fiscal year 2000 will be almost $290 billion and all other domestic discretionary spending, such as education, job training, housing, Amtrak, medical research, environment, Head Start and many other worthwhile programs will total $246 billion, the biggest disparity in modern times ? “Dale Bumpers, former US Senator and recent Director of the Center for Defense Information*****“The two major parties have abdicated their responsibility to lead, to advocate solutions, and to promote true democracy.”Ralph Nader*****“All the emphasis on crime and drugs and pornography used to justify the suppression of the Internet is really aimed at suppressing knowledge of the radical political alternatives that are now available.”Tony Benn, British Labour Party Member of Parliament*****“In the United States, both the Republican and Democratic Parties, with only a few prominent exceptions, have been and are in the pay of the corporate media and communication giants.”John Nichols and Robert McChesney*****“You know the one thing that is wrong in this country? Everyone gets a chance to have their fair say.”President Bill Clinton*****“War is caused by elites acting in what they take to be their own interests, institutional violence promulgated by ruling groups for personal gain.”The Nation magazine*****“It’s like Pravda… It’s a capitalist consolidation of the press – with consequences the same as Pravda: Horrifying distortion and sabotage!”Toni Morrison, about Florida during the 2000 presidential election*****” The NSS [National Security State] represents and serves the interests of a tiny elite. Its economic policies of “trickling-up”, enforced by the machine gun, are rationalized on the ground that growth in the long run will trickle down to the lower orders. This is a self-serving ideology designed mainly to allow the western public to think well of themselves and their own country.”Edward S. Herman*****” Society’s dominant discourse shapes not only its politics but the way people think about their personal lives and choices. Just as John F. Kennedy helped legitimize a discourse of idealism that gave impetus to the social movements of the 1960s, so Ronald Reagan managed to legitimize a discourse of selfishness and insensitivity that has had profound social consequences … Shifting society’s discourse – from one of selfishness and cynicism to one of idealism and caring – is the first and most important political goal … in the next several decades. “Michael Lerner*****“America is today the leader of a world-wide anti-revolutionary movement in the defense of vested interests. She now stands for what Rome stood for. Rome consistently supported the rich against the poor in all foreign communities that fell under her sway; and, since the poor, so far, have always and everywhere been far more numerous than the rich, Rome’s policy made for inequality, for injustice, and for the least happiness of the greatest number.”Arnold Toynbee, historian