I do not care about political leaders or personalities. They are distractions. I do not care about war scares and the emotional drugs they unleash for those addicted, as I once was. I am not facing down a man or men. I am not facing down regions or peoples. I am not facing down an economic system.
I am facing down a culture, an utterly failed culture that is lethal, blind, useless and almost incomprehensibly destructive. Human beings do not have to die, but our culture must.
—Michael C. Ruppert
When, then, does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor.
—Frederic Bastiat, The Law
"The telescreen recieved and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it; moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever the wanted to. You had to live- did live, from habit that became instinct- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized."
The role of the intellectual, so it is said, is to speak truth to power. Noam Chomsky has dismissed this pious tag on two grounds. For one thing, power knows the truth already; it is just busy trying to conceal it. For another, it is not those in power who need the truth, but those they oppress.
I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.
—Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, reflecting on his life’s work.