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People Came to This Country for Either Money or Freedom – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen

October 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on People Came to This Country for Either Money or Freedom – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen · Campaigning, Politics, US Politics, USA

People came to this country for either money or freedom. If you don’t have money, you cling to your freedoms all the more angrily. Even if smoking kills you, even if you can’t afford to feed your kids, even if your kids are getting shot down by maniacs with assault rifles. You may be poor, […]

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To sell oneself to one’s own conscience is to abandon mankind – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on To sell oneself to one’s own conscience is to abandon mankind – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Electoralism, Politics, Progressive Politics

‘The greatest criminals in history,’ Ivanov went on, ‘are not of the type Nero and Fouché, but of the type Gandhi and Tolstoy. Gandhi’s inner voice has done more to prevent the liberation of India than the British guns. To sell oneself for thirty pieces of silver is an honest transaction; but to sell oneself […]

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To Sell Oneself for Thirty Pieces of Silver is an Honest Transaction; But to Sell Oneself to One’s Own Conscience is to Abandon Mankind – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on To Sell Oneself for Thirty Pieces of Silver is an Honest Transaction; But to Sell Oneself to One’s Own Conscience is to Abandon Mankind – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Extremism, Ideology, Politics, Power, Quotes

‘The greatest criminals in history,’ Ivanov went on, ‘are not of the type Nero and Fouché, but of the type Gandhi and Tolstoy. Gandhi’s inner voice has done more to prevent the liberation of India than the British guns. To sell oneself for thirty pieces of silver is an honest transaction; but to sell oneself […]

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Must one also pay for deeds which were right and necessary? – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 21st, 2012 · Comments Off on Must one also pay for deeds which were right and necessary? – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Electoralism, Politics, Progressive Politics

‘Yet I would do it again,’ he said to himself. ‘It was necessary and right. But do I perhaps owe you the fare all the same? Must one also pay for deeds which were right and necessary?’

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Nobody can rule guiltlessly – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on Nobody can rule guiltlessly – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Democracy, Electoralism, Means and Ends, Politics, Progressive Politics

‘Nobody can rule guiltlessly.’ SAINT-JUST

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Marx was a Fan of America – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on Marx was a Fan of America – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens · Communism, Democracy, History, Politics, Progressive Politics, US Politics

If you are looking for an irony of history, you will find it not in the fact that Marx was underpaid by an American newspaper, but in the fact that he and Engels considered Russia the great bastion of reaction and America the great potential nurse of liberty and equality. This is not the sort […]

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The Lowest Imputed Motives is not Always the Correct One – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Lowest Imputed Motives is not Always the Correct One – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens · Extremism, Progressive Politics

It is a frequent vice of radical polemic to assert, and even to believe, that once you have found the lowest motive for an antagonist, you have identified the correct one.

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In the Souls of the People – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on In the Souls of the People – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck  · Politics, Progressive Politics, Quotes, Writing

In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.

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When Property Accumulates in Too Few Hands – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on When Property Accumulates in Too Few Hands – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck  · Communism, Politics, Progressive Politics, Socialism

when property accumulates in too few hands it is taken away. And that companion fact: when a majority of the people are hungry and cold they will take by force what they need. And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.

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Go To Poor People – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 13th, 2012 · Comments Off on Go To Poor People – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck  · Politics, Progressive Politics, Quotes

If you’re in trouble or hurt or need—go to poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help—the only ones.

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