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"In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal. There is neither rank nor station nor prerogative in the republic of the grave." – John James Ingalls.
“They who seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers call this a new world order. It is not new and it is not order.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt.
“What feminists refer to as microaggressions, the rest of us sane adults call life....The concept of microaggressions encourages women to think that every single thing in the world is, or should be, about them. It encourages breathless levels of narcissism, solipsism and just plain delusion....Feminism encourages women to believe that they have the same reasoning and coping abilities as toddlers. No thanks.”
– Janet Bloomfield.
"Surely the finest wine would taste like vinegar in bad company." – Paraphrasing Omar Kayyam.
Any future where the vulnerable are not protected, instructed and raised; will be ugly beyond measure, and its protestation of service always a lie.
“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognise their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
― George Orwell, 1984.
‘It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.’ ― Voltaire.
‘Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.’ ― James Bovard.
‘Just look at us. Everything is backwards, everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroys information and religions destroy spirituality.’ - Michale Ellner.
‘If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that sort don't change.’ ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451.
'Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.’ - Hannah Arendt.
‘Throughout history the world has been laid waste to ensure the triumph of conceptions that are now as dead as the men that died for them.’ - Henry De Montherlant.
No one can see that which they are not prepared to see; even the comprehension in the reading of these words. No philosophies, educators, knowledge or perceived intelligence will directly cause this sight; moreover, when it arrives, the disquiet in mind and body is without the solace of catharsis.