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Utah Phillips writes of age:

"'Oh, that's that '60s stuff' or 'We left that behind in the '30s, '40s, '50s. This is the '90s.' It's not like that. These tidy little decade packages are only a media convenience used to trivialize and dismiss important ideas and events. No, it's like a river. My elders, who led those extraordinary lives that can never be lived again, are the headwaters. What they sang, thought, did, floats down to where I stand in the river, and, if I take the time to root around, ask, listen, I can reach down and take out what I need to understand the world I'm in."

 

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  • "We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change." —President Obama on Sandy Hook Shooting.
  • "Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the roar of its many waters." -Frederick Douglass
  • "Our community belongs to us and whether it is mean or majestic, whether arrayed in glory or covered in shame, we cannot but share its character and destiny." -Frederick Douglass

"There must be two Americas: one that sets the captive free, and one that takes a once-captive's new freedom away from him, and picks a quarrel with him with nothing to found it on; then kills him to get his land" -Mark Twain
  • "A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain." -Mark Twain
  • "Never try to walk across a river because it has an average depth of four feet." -Martin Friedman
  • "It takes some perspective to think in billions. Keep the following in mind: one thousand seconds is about 17 minutes. One million seconds is about eleven and a half days. One billion seconds is about 32 years." -Tim Weiner
  • "Americans are so benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States." -J. Bartlet Brebner
  • "Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right . . and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers." -John Adams
  • "I believe there is something out there watching over us. Unfortunately it's the government." -Woody Allen
  • "I'd rather vote for something I want and not get it than vote for something I don't want, and get it" -Eugene Debs
  • "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors" -Plato
  • "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." -John F. Kennedy
  • "Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man." -Stewart Udall
  • "When politicians and pundits say the American people want free trade, capital gains tax reductions, and less government regulation, it makes no sense. Most people couldn't care less about these things. But if you substitute the phrase 'the power elite' for 'the American people,' the meaning becomes clear." -Randy Schutt, Inciting Democracy
  • We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. -Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis
  • It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. -Voltaire
  • "People who are willing to give up freedom for the sake of short term security, deserve neither freedom nor security." -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
  • 
"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act." -George Orwell
  • "Security, the chief pretence of civilization, cannot exist where the worst of dangers, the danger of poverty, hangs over everyone's head". -George Bernard Shaw
  • "Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes". -Henry David Thoreau
  • "He who shits in a road will meet flies on his return." -African proverb
  • "The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without." -Dwight Eisenhower
  • "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of a cancer cell." -Edward Abbey
  • "I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country....corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war." -Abraham Lincoln
  • "It has long been recognized, however, that the special status of corporations has placed them in a position to control vast amounts of economic power which may, if not regulated, dominate not only the economy but also the very heart of our democracy, the electoral process . . .The state need not permit it own creation to consume it." -Justices White, Brennan and Marshall in First National Bank of Boston vs. Belotti, 1978
  • "A criminal is a person with predatory instincts without sufficient capital to form a corporation" -Howard Scott
  • Sure, we were young. We were arrogant. We were ridiculous. There were excesses. We were brash. We were foolish. We had factional fights. But we were right. -Abbie Hoffman
  • "Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little." -Edmund Burke
  • "What you do is of little significance. But it is very important that you do it" -Gandhi
  • "Few people at the beginning of the 19th century needed an adman to tell them what they wanted" -John Kenneth Galbraith
  • "My aim is to agitate and disturb people. I'm not selling bread, I'm selling yeast." -Miguel de Unamuno
  • "Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian." -Robert Orben
  • "Americans keep telling us how successful their system is - then they remind us not to stray too far from our hotel at night". -A European official during the G-8 economic summit in Denver, 1997
  • "Appeasement' is the policy of feeding your friends to a crocodile, one at a time, in hopes that the crocodile will eat you last." -Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • "Whenever a fellow tells me he is bipartisan, I know he is going to vote against me" -Harry Truman
  • "Too much capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists." -GK Chesterton
  • "The censorial power is in the people over the government and not in the government over the people" -James Madison
  • "All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging conceptions and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorships. There is the whole case against censorship in a nutshell." -George Bernard Shaw
  • "Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right . . and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers." -John Adams
  • "I never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that has" -Margaret Mead
  • "It takes a whole village to raise a child" -African proverb
  • "More than a billion people in our world today survive on less than $370 a year, while Americans, who constitute five percent of the world's population, purchase fifty percent of its cocaine. If the world's population, which has doubled in our lifetime, doubles again by the middle of the next century, how could anyone hope to escape the catastrophic consequences - the wrath to come? But we turn our backs on such unpleasantness and contemplate the happier prospects of our technological dreams. . ." -Thomas Cahil
  • "four civilization is destroyed, it will not be by barbarians from below. Our barbarians come from above." -Henry Demarest Lloyd
  • "Vanity asks, is it popular? Politics ask, will it work? But conscience and morality ask, is it right?" -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • "One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means." 
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"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
  • "The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without." -Dwight Eisenhower
  • "I know of no safe depository of the ultimate power of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise that control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not take it from them, but to inform their discretion." -Thomas Jefferson
  • "A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the mean time we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war & long oppressions of enormous public debt . . . If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, & then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are the stake. Better luck, therefore, to us all; and health, happiness, & friendly salutations to yourself." -Thomas Jefferson (in a letter to John Taylor) 1789
  • "Who will tell the people that free speech is a ruse
The corporations run the country and then they make the news
Is it media or mind control, heroic victories or crimes
Who will tell the people that we're living in these times” –David Rovics (DavidRovics.com)
  • "Conservation is an act of democracy, the greatest good for the greatest numbers for the longest time. Surely, the protection of these natural treasures is fundamental to 'homeland security'." -Terry Tempest Williams
  • "Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top." -Edward Abbey
  • "A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government." -Edward Abbey
  • "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain Unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
  • "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. - The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America," -Thomas Jefferson (July 4, 1776)