The worst forms of tyranny, or certainly the most successful ones, are not those we rail against but those that so insinuate themselves into the imagery of our consciousness, and the fabric of our lives, as not to be perceived as tyranny
“In the language of patriotism, these people are traitors. The older ruling elite - and I came out of the working class - they were certainly no friends to working men and women, frankly, but they cared about the sustenance of the nation. The new ruling elite is global… [and] in the language of business, is quite willing to ‘harvest’ the nation. That’s why you’ve seen manufacturing jobs shipped overseas […] and what they tell now, workers around the world, is that in order to be competitive, they have to be competitive, in essence, with prison labor in China or sweatshop workers in Bangladesh who make 22 cents an hour.”
- Chris Hedges, interview w/Alex Jones
Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed.
The great are only great because we are on our knees. Let us rise.
All that is good is not embodied in the law; and all that is evil is not proscribed by the law.
Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make them virtuous, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make them sane
When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed.