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TOP TEN QUOTES

“To rely on the wisdom of the people in power is the worst thing you can do.”
          — Howard Zinn

“Resist writing off absurdities and horrors as normal, as business-as-usual, as just-the-way-the-world-is. ... Allow yourself to witness and feel the effects of a desperate and dying culture.”
          — Jim Tull

“The most eco-friendly thing you can do is be anti-war.”
          — Katherine Ball

“I say we keep fighting. Are you with me?”
          — Bernie Sanders

“Each time you refuse the invitation onto the warpath, you become more powerful. Those who can stay peaceful in the face of any terror or threat become virtual miracle-workers.”
          — Charles Eisenstein

“History teaches that Empires always devour themselves.”
          — Ralph Nader

“I've long since accepted that being an activist and a writer, futile though it may be, is who I am. The ship may be going down, but like the orchestra on the Titanic, I keep playing.”
          — Sandy LeonVest

“Killing lots of people and winning a war are not the same thing.”
          — Fred Reed

“We are living in a time that's so extreme that if it doesn't drive you mad, you are not sane.”
          — Hamza Yusuf

“it’s possible to be both armed and disempowered, ... perhaps the most dangerous state of all.”
          — Robert C. Koehler
Climate Change

“What do you say when the world is burning up all around you?”
          —Belle Chesler

“I have faith in photosynthesis. The plants know what to do. They know how to sequester carbon. They know how to cool the air. They know how to build capacity for ecosystem services and biodiversity.”
          —Robin Wall Kimmerer

“In effect, we have collectively bet our fate on the vague hope that somebody will come up with something.”
          —Richard Heinberg

“I have become increasingly mistrustful of the stability of our climate in recent years.”
          —Jeff Masters

“addressing excessive personal consumption is something that isn’t on the agenda for the government and policymakers.”
          —Aimee Ambrose

“If we adopt a cynical attitude and do nothing, we guarantee the worst possible outcome for future generations.”
          —Richard Heinberg

“It is remarkable that we are still discovering new aspects of climate change after decades of research. It makes me wonder what other changes our emissions are inflicting on the atmosphere that we haven’t discovered yet.”
          —Paul Williams

“these worst-case [climate] projections have continued to prove stubbornly accurate in the 21st century so far.”
          —Peter Brannen

“two-thirds of the commercially available solar panels are made with electricity generated from Chinese coal.”
          —Richard Heinberg

“[Carbon] Offsetting should only be used as a last resort, and not to justify projects that should be avoided,”
          —Megan Evans

“To reverse climate change we must abolish war; to abolish war we need humanity and especially people of faith to reject violence and war-making.”
          —Patrick O'Neill

“We all know that European wealth was built on coal. And if we don't get rid of coal, European death will also be built on coal.”
          —Frans Timmermans

“It isn’t just really, really bad; it’s catastrophic.”
          —Dahr Jamail

JOSEPH CONRAD

“The earth seemed unearthly. We are accustomed to look upon the shackled form of a conquered monster, but there—there you could look at a thing monstrous and free. It was unearthly.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“And outside, the silent wilderness ... struck me as something great and invincible, like evil or truth, waiting patiently for the passing away of this fantastic invasion.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“And this stillness of life did not in the least resemble a peace. It was the stillness of an implacable force brooding over an inscrutable intention. It looked at you with a vengeful aspect.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“Had he been informed by an indisputable authority that the end of the world was to be finally accomplished by a catastrophic disturbance of the atmosphere, he would have assimilated the information under the simple idea of dirty weather, and no other, because he had no experience of cataclysms, and belief does not necessarily imply comprehension.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Typhoon)

“I have the means to make myself deadly, but that by itself, you understand, is absolutely nothing in the way of protection. What is effective is the belief those people have in my will to use the means. That’s their impression. It is absolute. Therefore I am deadly.”
          —Joseph Conrad (The Secret Agent)

“To tear treasure out of the bowels of the land was their desire, with no more moral purpose at the back of it than there is in burglars breaking into a safe”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“They [Africans] were called criminals, and the outraged law, like the bursting shells, had come to them, an insoluble mystery from the sea.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“Yes, I would give the stuff [high explosives] with both hands to every man, woman, or fool that likes to come along.”
          —Joseph Conrad (The Secret Agent)

“You should have heard him say, ‘My ivory.’ Oh, yes, I heard him. ‘My Intended, my ivory, my station, my river, my—’ everything belonged to him. It made me hold my breath in expectation of hearing the wilderness burst into a prodigious peal of laughter that would shake the fixed stars in their places. Everything belonged to him—but that was a trifle. The thing was to know what he belonged to, how many powers of darkness claimed him for their own. That was the reflection that made you creepy all over.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“He had kicked himself loose of the earth. Confound the man! he had kicked the very earth to pieces.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“They [Africans] were dying slowly—it was very clear. They were not enemies, they were not criminals, they were nothing earthly now—nothing but black shadows of disease and starvation, lying confusedly in the greenish gloom.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“They [Europeans] were conquerors, and for that you want only brute force—nothing to boast of, when you have it, since your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

COVID-19, SARS2

“At an estimated cost of $25 billion, vaccinating the world [against COVID-19] is a bargain and an ethical imperative.”
          —Ian Lipkin

“We’ve ascribed far too much human authority over the [SARS-CoV-2] virus,”
          —Michael Osterholm

“We’re not in nearly as much control as we think.”
          —Michael Osterholm

“The United States won't achieve herd immunity because a significant portion of the herd is suffering from mad cow disease.”
          —John Feffer

“Public health in Cuba is free for everyone. We have family doctors in every neighborhood. People trust their doctors. So, we’re very puzzled when we see the news abroad that there are people that distrust the vaccines, that there are people that don’t want to get vaccinated.”
          —Mitchell Valdés-Sosa

STORMY DANIELS

“Standing up to bullies is kind of my thing, They started it.”
          —Stormy Daniels

“You can't have an agreement when one party claims to know nothing about it.”
          —Michael Avenatti

TIM DeCHRISTOPHER

“an unwanted protest is far more powerful than a sanctioned one.”
          —Tim DeChristopher

“Protests are always criticized as being at the wrong time because those who need to protest are never the people writing the agenda. That’s the value of protest.”
          — Tim DeChristopher

DIPLOMACY

“the State Department has become a collective insane asylum where the inmates are in control.”
          —Robert Parry

“What the U.S. State Department calls 'diplomacy' is actually aggression by another name and it is questionable whether the U.S. is capable of true diplomacy.”
          —Brian Terrell

“Abandoning diplomacy for confrontation is not a step over a line, it is a dive over a cliff.”
          —António Guterres

EDUCATION

“We will someday view this era as one in which the nation turned its back on its public schools, its children, and its educators.”
          — Diane Ravitch

“From a teen’s perspective, society has largely set youth up to fail.”
          —Sofia Barnett

“Classrooms were the duct tape securing the smashed bumper on the wreck of a car that was our public education system.”
          —Belle Chesler

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”
          —Albert Einstein

“Sure you're a professor at Harvard, but you're speaking a lot of nonsense...”
          —Ashish Jha

“Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It's like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won't fatten the dog.”
          — Mark Twain

“When was the last time you heard anyone in academia publicly criticize a funding agency, no matter how outrageous their behavior?”
          —Marc Edwards

“Education ought to foster the wish for truth, not the conviction that some particular creed is the truth.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“Students reported feeling overstressed and underprepared—meeting the tests with shock, anger, tears, and anxiety. Administrators requested guidelines for handling tests students had vomited on.”
          —Rethinking Schools

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“When you narrow achievement to what's quantifiable, you miss so much.”
          —Belle Chesler

“Knowledge is rarely neat and tidy.”
          —Belle Chesler

“Proficiency is not contagious.”
          —Ashlee Thompson

ALBERT EINSTEIN

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
          —Albert Einstein

"The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it."
          — Albert Einstein

“If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.”
          —Albert Einstein

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”
          —Albert Einstein

"Nuclear power is one hell of a way to boil water!"
          — Albert Einstein

CHARLES EISENSTEIN

“Each time you refuse the invitation onto the warpath, you become more powerful. Those who can stay peaceful in the face of any terror or threat become virtual miracle-workers.”
          —Charles Eisenstein

“victories in war so often lead to just more war. The war is won, but the ideals for which it was fought remain as distant as ever.”
          —Charles Eisenstein

“If this planet and our civilization is to heal, it cannot be through winning a contest of force.”
          —Charles Eisenstein

“It is not easy to stay off the warpath. Each new atrocity and outrage renews the invitation into hatred.”
          —Charles Eisenstein

“the purpose of nonviolent action is not to make the other side look bad. That would be a kind of attack, a kind of violence, and a tactic of war. No, the purpose is to invite the other side and onlookers alike to join you in courage.”
          —Charles Eisenstein

“We have tried being reasonable. Perhaps it is time to be unreasonable”
          —Charles Eisenstein

EVOLUTION

“Evolution works with duct tape and paper clips.”
          —Jeremy DeSilva

“Evolution doesn’t act to yield perfection, It acts to yield function.”
          —Matt Cartmill

“The human race is clearly an evolutionary aberrant on a suicidal mission.”
          —Helen Caldicott

“The human condition seems as malleable as a lump of clay. Yeah, the world is changing and I'm a participant. This is evolution.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

JOHN FEFFER

“Many states are held together by little more than surface tension.”
          —John Feffer

“The history of population transfers is not a pretty one.”
          — John Feffer

“The United States won't achieve herd immunity because a significant portion of the herd is suffering from mad cow disease.”
          —John Feffer

“Sooner or later, cyber-chickens always come home to roost.”
          —John Feffer

“Cyberwar would, at best, produce the most pyrrhic of victories.”
          —John Feffer

“Empires, like adolescents, think they’ll live forever. In geopolitics, as in biology, expiration dates are never visible. When death comes, it’s always a shock.”
          — John Feffer

“How quickly dreams can segue into nightmares.”
          —John Feffer

“It doesn’t take much to turn a well-armed population into a mob.”
          —John Feffer

FIRE

“We have a lot of fire in our future, and a lot to learn about living with it.”
          —Stephen Pyne

“Mass shootings and mass burnings. Welcome to the new America.”
          —Stephen Pyne

“What used to be a harmonious relationship between humanity and fire has become a hostile one.”
          —Daniel Immerwahr

“The history of humanity is the history of fire”
          —Daniel Immerwahr

“We used to burn what grew around us, with effects largely limited to our own day. Now we excavate plant matter from the deep past, burn it in the present, and send its byproducts wafting into an uncertain future.”
          —Daniel Immerwahr

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

“All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.”
          — Benjamin Franklin

“We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
          — Benjamin Franklin

“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you are finished.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“There never was a good war or a bad peace.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“I have no private interest in the reception of my inventions by the world, having never made, nor proposed to make, the least profit by any of them.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

FREEDOM

“Those in the West who voiced so much concern about the lack of freedom for Afghan women under the Taliban ought to also care about their survival this winter.”
          —Giorgio Cafiero

“You can live without freedom, but you can’t live if you have nothing to eat.”
          —Zaigul

GLENN GREENWALD

“In all the many years I’ve worked in defense of free speech, I’ve never seen the principle so blatantly exploited for other ends by people who plainly don’t believe in it as was true of the Hebdo killings.”
          —Glenn Greenwald

“Having people devoted to attacking you [verbally] – even in unfair, invalid or personal ways – is actually valuable for keeping one honest and self-reflective.”
          — Glenn Greenwald

“The mere fact that an act is illegal does not mean it is unjust or even deserving of punishment. Oftentimes, the most just acts are precisely the ones that the law prohibits.”
          —Glenn Greenwald

“digital lynch mobs offer no due process or appeals.”
          —Glenn Greenwald

HEALTH

“In America, sickness makes you poor; poorness makes you sick; then you die.”
          —Tim Faust

“More Americans died of alcohol poisoning (booze terror!) on New Year's Eve than terrorism.”
          —Peter Van Buren

“those who profit from disease have no incentive to protect health.”
          —Jonathan Cook

“It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“We’ve discovered how piss-poor we are at answering certain kinds of questions that are of paramount importance for public health.”
          —Jonathan Kimmelman

CHRIS HEDGES

“The problem is not messaging. The problem is the messenger.”
          —Chris Hedges

“History may not repeat itself, but it echoes.”
          —Chris Hedges

“The rot inside the American political system is deep and terminal.”
          —Chris Hedges

“There is a narcotic-like reverie among those barreling toward oblivion.”
          —Chris Hedges

“Israel, like the United States, has been poisoned by the psychosis of permanent war.”
          —Chris Hedges

“without the pretext of legitimacy the tyranny loses credibility and has nothing left in its arsenal but fear, coercion and violence.”
          —Chris Hedges

“Politics is a game of fear. It is our moral and civic duty to make those in power very, very afraid.”
          —Chris Hedges

“All hope rooted in self-delusion is fantasy.”
          —Chris Hedges

“Civilizations over the past 6,000 years have unfailingly squandered their futures through acts of colossal stupidity and hubris. We are probably not an exception.”
          —Chris Hedges

“Popular revulsion for the ruling elite ... is nearly universal.”
          — Chris Hedges

“But the dance of death is intoxicating. Once it begins you whirl in an ecstatic frenzy. Death’s embrace, which feels at first like sexual lust, tightens and tightens until you suffocate. Now the music has stopped. All we have left are loss and pain.”
          — Chris Hedges

“when dying regimes collapse, they do so with dizzying speed.”
          —Chris Hedges

“Justice, like truth, is no longer relevant.”
          —Chris Hedges

“The power to destroy is an intoxicating drug that is its own justification.”
          —Chris Hedges

“We too go to war to fight phantoms of our own creation.”
          —Chris Hedges

HISTORY

“History does not repeat itself, but it delights in patterns and symmetries.”
          — Stephen Kinzer

“History warns us that when once-powerful societies collapse, they tend to do so quickly and unexpectedly.”
          — Jared Diamond

“Men can scarcely be blamed for not learning from the history they are taught. There is nothing to learn from it, because it is not true. ”
          —John Glubb

“history is studded with unreported holocausts.”
          — Author unknown

“History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.”
          —E.L. Doctorow

“The history of population transfers is not a pretty one.”
          — John Feffer

“History teaches that Empires always devour themselves.”
          — Ralph Nader

“This [Donald Trump] is not a man who can learn from the bitter lessons of history.”
          —Ralph Nader

STEPHEN KINZER

“earth-shaking events often happen slowly and quietly.”
          —Stephen Kinzer

“History does not repeat itself, but it delights in patterns and symmetries.”
          — Stephen Kinzer

ROBERT C. KOEHLER

“The path to war is easy and smooth, and nuclear war is easiest of all.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“The one thing we do not need is another war, certainly not against Planet Earth.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“Guns are the speech of the inarticulate.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“War always creates consequences well beyond the imaginations of its planners.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“Living is a collective, and sacred, endeavor.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“The human condition seems as malleable as a lump of clay. Yeah, the world is changing and I'm a participant. This is evolution.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“When it comes to politics, narrow thinking rules!”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“the planet is, in essence, an elementary school playground: an ‘anarchic realm’ full of other kids, none of whom you can really trust, some of whom are out to get you.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“We lose every war we fight. Actually, ‘lose’ does not adequately describe the nature of our ongoing defeat. Every war we wage implodes, destroying the integrity that sustains us.”
          — Robert C. Koehler

“it’s possible to be both armed and disempowered, ... perhaps the most dangerous state of all.”
          — Robert C. Koehler

“War is evoked with such brainless ease.”
          — Robert C. Koehler

“The world hemorrhages. Refugees flow from its wounds.”
          — Robert C. Koehler

“We bomb civilians, killing them by the thousands, by the millions, to fight wars we do not win – because winning is not the point, or even possible. ”
          —Robert Koehler

“The collapse is underway, one broken soul at a time.”
          — Robert C. Koehler

“To long for lasting, transcendent peace — to imagine that it’s possible — is to marginalize yourself.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“‘Love’ is still the religious rule, but it compliantly steps aside when it becomes time to conquer and kill.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“Our real threats will not be solved, but they will certainly be amplified, by militarism.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“The nature of war is to beget war: to magnify trouble, to make matters worse. War always comes home.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“Good violence is no better than bad violence. Our violence is no better than theirs. Murder is murder.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“Trump merely puts a face on America’s out-of-control militarism. He didn’t create it.”
          —Robert Koehler

“In the real world, attempting to dominate a situation at gunpoint seldom results in a happy ending. Far more often, it results in tragedy.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“This is America, where we have the freedom to manifest our lethal fantasies.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“We sold our soul to the devil and got nothing at all in return.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“There is only moral breakdown everywhere you turn.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“Engaging in the game of war is always an act of defeat.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

LEADERSHIP

“There have been talks of getting leaders to lead, however, we are the leaders. Remember that!”
          — Idle No More

“Our leaders are not leading. This is what leadership looks like.”
          —Greta Thunberg

“It makes you lose faith in the system when people are trying to do what’s right but no one in positions of leadership wants to hear it.”
          —Gene Tate

“No one is marshaling the world's resources [or] providing global leadership.”
          —Gregg Gonsalves

EUGENE LINDEN

“We see what we want to see and assume that what we see is reality.”
          —Eugene Linden

“The pathetic refrain of recent years—'Nobody saw this coming'—is always a self-serving lie.”
          —Eugene Linden

GEORGE MONBIOT

“The more powerful a nation becomes, the more it asserts its victimhood”
          —George Monbiot

“There is nothing that cannot be corrupted, nothing good that cannot be transformed into something bad.”
          —George Monbiot

NATURE

“It’s always better to let nature do the job. I don’t know any place on Earth where a planted forest is better than a native forest.”
          —Peter Wohlleben

“It is certain that nature is wiser than our statesmen and many doctors. Besides, it is not corrupt.”
          —Stefano Montanari

“Research in nature’s laboratory never stops. It explores every possibility. It never lacks funding. It is never demoralized by failed experiments. It cannot be lobbied.”
          —Verlyn Klinkenborg

“Reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.”
          —Richard P. Feynman

“You cannot steer and control an ecosystem but you might be able to dance with one.”
          — Chip Ward

“the mental boundaries we keep—between the human and the wild—are more porous than we may have ever imagined.”
          —Gavin Van Horn

“You don’t develop as much as Mother Earth can handle. For us it’s the opposite. You think about how much you can give up to promote more life. Every decision that you make is based on: Do you really need to be doing that?”
          —Leanna Simpson

“Just a little rain;
Just a little rain;
What have they done to the rain?”
          — Malvina Reynolds

“God's garden has become man's junkyard.”
          —Anthony T. Hincks

“Nature’s resilient, but we’re pushing her to such extremes that eventually it will cause a collapse of the system.”
          — Brad Lister

“Nature does not negotiate, it responds to our intransigence”
          —Kumi Naidoo

“What is an ecological niche when humans have their hands in everything?”
          —Carolyn Kormann

“The earth seemed unearthly. We are accustomed to look upon the shackled form of a conquered monster, but there—there you could look at a thing monstrous and free. It was unearthly.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“And outside, the silent wilderness ... struck me as something great and invincible, like evil or truth, waiting patiently for the passing away of this fantastic invasion.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

“And this stillness of life did not in the least resemble a peace. It was the stillness of an implacable force brooding over an inscrutable intention. It looked at you with a vengeful aspect.”
          —Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)

GEORGE ORWELL

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”
          — George Orwell (Animal Farm)

“If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
          —George Orwell

“At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that or the other, but it is ‘not done’ to say it, ... Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing,”
          —George Orwell

“We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”
          — George Orwell

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.”
          — George Orwell

“Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing.”
          — George Orwell

POLICE

“Good policing is expensive. Reform can’t happen by merely saying, ‘We’re just not going to have police anymore.’”
          —Jon Murad

“I say you never call the police for anything, you call your daddy. And this is exactly why I said that, because you can call the police and then all of a sudden you’re dead.”
          —Ira Graham III (to his 18 year old son on witnessing a police shooting)

“Being policeman to the world was a bad decision.”
          —Denis Halliday

“Betting on outsiders to provide security is never a good gamble.”
          —Javad Zarif

POLITICS & SOCIAL SCIENCE

“The more powerful a nation becomes, the more it asserts its victimhood”
          —George Monbiot

“A politics based on resentment can lurch in any direction at almost any time.”
          —Robert Reich

“I’ve given up political strategising. The political process is just too slow for the problems we face.”
          —Michael Mobbs

“if you were a Palestinian refugee in Gaza or the family of a drone strike victim in Yemen, you’d be hard-pressed to see any difference between Republicans and Democrats at all.”
          —Jeremy Scahill

“Washington culture is too far up its own backside to see much of anything at all.”
          —Matt Taibbi

“In the end, pandemics are a political problem, not a scientific one.”
          —Jeff Goodell

“The story of the many oppressed peoples of the world is rarely recorded by the few who oppress. We are taught that the truth is objective fact as written down by the conquerors.”
          —Dahr Jamail

“Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.”
          — Mark Twain

“And oh, what they did! Their geopolitical dreams couldn’t have been grander or more global. ... It was quite a dream and none of it, not one smidgen, came true.”
          —Tom Engelhardt (on the War against Iraq)

“The UN has no capacity to stop the difficulties we’re faced with around the world.”
          —Denis Halliday

“Paying attention in a democracy is a moral obligation. It is also a way to avoid repeating immoral mistakes.”
          —Blaine Harden

“the survival of the nation depends basically on the loyalty and self-sacrifice of the citizens. The impression that the situation can be saved by mental cleverness, without unselfishness or human self-dedication, can only lead to collapse.”
          —John Glubb

“Anarchy is a poor answer to tyranny.”
          —John Kiriakou

“There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“When it comes to politics, narrow thinking rules!”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“Divisions between and within countries have provided fertile ground for this fast-moving virus to grow and gain the upper hand.”
          —Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

“You can’t build a just civilization out of ignorance and lies.”
          — Julian Assange

“democracies, like civilization itself, are inherently fragile”
          —Mike Lofgren

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.”
          —Author unknown (sometimes incorrectly attributed to Mark Twain)

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
          — Mark Twain

“The established order is never as secure and impervious to change as those who preside over it believe it to be.”
          — Jim Wallis

“The American Dream is rapidly becoming the American Illusion, since the US now has the lowest rate of social mobility of any of the rich countries.”
          —Philip Alston

POPE FRANCIS

“Each age tends to have only a meagre awareness of its own limitations.”
          —Pope Francis

“Our relationship with the environment can never be isolated from our re­lationship with others and with God.”
          —Pope Francis

PRISONS

“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails.”
          — Nelson Mandela

“‘We were just following the law’ is a lame excuse when you are the one writing the laws in the first instance.”
          — William Van Poyck (murdered, June 12, 2013 by State of Florida)

“I wonder now if the U.S. follows any rule of law at all: the Geneva Conventions or even its own Constitution.”
          — Moath al-Alwi (held without charge in Guantánamo since 2002)

“For each person in jail, a community suffers.”
          —Eric Champagne

“laws are to be reckoned with, even when they are irrational.”
          —Xenia Cherkaev

PROBLEM SOLVING

“There is something paternalistic and elitist about this desire to spare the poor ignorant masses the gory details. It is condescending at best, self-defeating at worst. After all, if the full nature of the challenge we face is not known, we cannot expect people take the measures needed to meet it.”
          —John Atcheson

“Our country has more problems than it should tolerate and more solutions than it uses.”
          —Ralph Nader

“The key is to be ready to change one’s mind as the data comes out.”
          —Rustom Antia

“our job was to listen, and we talked instead.”
          —Matt Taibbi

“As intellectuals, we can talk ourselves into anything.”
          —Mark Rudd

“Free your mind from the disabling assumption that someone is in charge of this: no one is in charge.”
          — Robert Naiman

“When you have everything, you don’t have to think so much. But when you have difficulties, you have to think up new ways to innovate.”
          —Gerardo Guillén

“It’s difficult to persuade someone to make a deal, if he is certain you’re planning to kill him, no matter what he does.”
          —Robert Alvarez

“Look for what's missing. ... Few are able to see what isn't there.”
          —Donald Rumsfeld

PROVERBS

“The higher up the tree the monkey climbs, the more all you can see of the monkey is his ass.”
          — Haitian Proverb

“After the game, the King and the pawn go into the same box.”
          — Italian Proverb

“It is an easy and a vulgar thing to please the mob, and not a very arduous task to astonish them; but essentially to benefit and to improve them, is a work fraught with difficulty, and teeming with danger.”
          —Charles Caleb Colton

“It’s easier to break things than it is to fix them,”
          —Author Unknown

“Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods, choose both.”
          — Tryon Edwards

“The changes are subtle—until they’re not.”
          —Naomi Klein

“Blood doesn’t wash away blood.”
          —Afghan Proverb

“the best advice would seem to be: slow down.”
          —Daniel Immerwahr

“we are not missing. We are just unheard.”
          —Vanessa Nakate

PSYCHOLOGY

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”
          — Author unknown (often attributed to Albert Einstein)

“To invade a country, dismantle its institutions, create a failed state, exit from the ensuing chaos, and then return with unending bombing campaigns is imbecility of an order that has few historical parallels.”
          —John Gray

“We are living in a time that's so extreme that if it doesn't drive you mad, you are not sane.”
          —Hamza Yusuf

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“We have lost our capacity to think straight — a grievous self-inflicted wound.”
          — Haroon Siddiqui

“We’re sold the idea of—we’re going to liberate people, we’re fighting terrorism. Then we realize we’re the ones terrorizing people. That torments you psychologically. I’ve lost a few friends to suicide.”
          —Michael Hanes

“'Tis the times' plague when madmen lead the blind.”
          —Shakespeare

FRED REED

“America crumbles economically, politically, culturally, but has the very best bombers.”
          —Fred Reed

“Militaries have a very poor record of predicting outcomes of wars.”
          —Fred Reed

“An isolated incident is business as usual that has been detected.”
          —Fred Reed

“I may think that hornets do not have an ideal social organization. But I know better than to poke their nest.”
          — Fred Reed

“Killing lots of people and winning a war are not the same thing.”
          —Fred Reed

“American leadership is of dangerously low quality.”
          —Fred Reed

“By comparison, Alice in Wonderland seems brutally realistic.”
          —Fred Reed

“Hatred is not a policy.”
          —Fred Reed

“Surprisingly, scientists proved as susceptible to herd-think as everyone else, and equally unaware of it.”
          —Fred Reed

“The most tedious thing about atheists is how proud they are of themselves.”
          —Fred Reed

“Advertising thus became more important to the economy than anything it advertised.”
          —Fred Reed

RELIGION

“To have religion used as a pawn in the service of deceit is deeply offensive to us.”
          —Jane Field

“Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.”
          —Thomas Jefferson

“strangers to the Spirit of God ... they combat without victory, have war without peace, and are in slavery all their days. They spend their strength for that which is not bread and their labor for that which profits not.”
          —John Owen

“there is such a thing as a lesser evil, and Hillary is not it.”
          —Michelle Alexander

BERTRAND RUSSELL

“I had supposed that most people liked money better than almost anything else, but I discovered that they liked destruction even better.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“To endure uncertainty is difficult, but so are most of the other virtues.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“War does not determine who is right - only who is left.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“The trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“I know a parson who frightened his congregation terribly by telling them the second coming was very imminent indeed, but they were much consoled when they found he was planting trees in his garden.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“The idea that things must have a beginning is really due to the poverty of our imagination.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“Education ought to foster the wish for truth, not the conviction that some particular creed is the truth.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“There can't be a practical reason for believing something that is not true.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
          —Bertrand Russell

BERNIE SANDERS

“Nobody in this room or in this country has a right to say ‘I give up.’ You’ve got to jump in and start fighting.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“You can’t have good policy that results in peace if you ignore one side.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“If you think it's too expensive to take care of veterans, then don't send them to war.”
          — Bernie Sanders

“Not one major Wall Street executive has been prosecuted for causing the near collapse of our entire economy. That will change under my administration.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“I say we keep fighting. Are you with me?”
          —Bernie Sanders

“Never, ever lose your sense of outrage.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“I am proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not my friend. I will not take advice from Henry Kissinger.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“War is never quick, and it is never easy.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“People in my country, the United States, and all over the world are sick and tired of spending billions and billions of dollars on nuclear weapons, war planes, missiles, bombs, and tanks.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“You can't be on the side of the wealthy and the powerful if you're going to really fight for working families.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“Americans must resist the temptation to try to forge national unity through hostility and fear.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“I find it somewhat amusing that you [Donald Trump] are attacking the establishment when the establishment is sitting right behind you.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“The threat of climate change is a very clear example of why we all need to pull together, we are in this together. The United States can't do it alone, Europe can't do it alone, China can't do it alone, and no one country can do this alone.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“If an institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist”
          —Bernie Sanders

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

“How come the physicists, engineers, and military personnel who have laced the world with nuclear weapons ready to launch never factored into their equations the probability that an immature, petulant man-baby could hold the trigger for our destruction in his hands?”
          —Helen Caldicott

“Ask God for beneficial knowledge and seek refuge with God from knowledge that is of no benefit.”
          —The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

“I hate statistics. What I got to know, I keep in my head.”
          —Jay Hanna “Dizzy” Dean

“Yes, a lot of data are now being generated, but I liken it to severed arteries: There is just blood spurting everywhere.”
          —Rick Bright

“Surprisingly, scientists proved as susceptible to herd-think as everyone else, and equally unaware of it.”
          —Fred Reed

“we should not blindly follow experts.”
          —Zhu Tao

“science often advances slowly on issues with great complexity and large variability.”
          —Judah Cohen

“Medicines and vaccines are not a commodity. It’s not something to get rich with. It’s something to save people’s lives.”
          —Mitchell Valdés-Sosa

“Every model fails; but some are useful.”
          —attributed to George Box

“Earth’s history is very starkly telling us ... that we have been missing something crucial in the models we use to predict the future.”
          —Peter Brannen

“As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“Science stops where politics begins.”
          —Author Unknown

"biology does a great job of showing the limitations of logical thought.”
          —Michael Kinch

“The universe does not behave according to our pre-conceived ideas.”
          —Stephen Hawking

“Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“Scientists are subject to perception bias.”
          —Tim Tinker

“We have to be willing to adapt to new data, even when it does not fit neatly into prior messaging.”
          —Buzz Hollander

“The most significant characteristic of modern civilization is the sacrifice of the future for the present, and all the power of science has been prostituted to this purpose.”
          —William James

“How could so many intelligent people be so grievously wrong for such an extended period of time? How could they ignore so much overwhelming evidence that contradicted their most basic theories? ... And, indeed, it was a kind of madness, the madness that comes from being under the spell of a Theory.”
          — Steven Johnson (The Ghost Map)

“The notion that technology will stave off the most catastrophic effects of global warming is not just wrong, it’s repellent.”
          —Paul Kingsnorth

“If there was a decision to do geoengineering tomorrow, it would be done by white western men, and that isn't good.”
          —Matthew Watson

“I am convinced the devil lives in our phones and is wreaking havoc on our children.”
          —Athena Chavarria

“They can snow all their clients
By calling it (hah) Science.”
          —Tom Lehrer

“Variation should always be expected.”
          —Karin Sigloch

“You don’t get an accurate number by adding an inaccurate one to an accurate one.”
          —Gavin Schmidt

“Just like the model learns from us, we learn from the model.”
          —David Novak

“Scientists defer slavishly to the scientific establishment because that same establishment oversees a system in which scientists are rewarded with research funding, employment opportunities and promotions. And because scientists have little incentive to question or expose their own professional community's failings, or increase public scepticism towards science and scientists.”
          —Jonathan Cook

“There are still far more experts around than is healthy for the advancement of science.”
          —David Sackett

“Experts certainly create a formidable barrier to change.”
          —Malcolm Kendrick

“Science selects for conservatism. Academia selects for extreme conservatism.”
          —Guy McPherson

“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”
          —Jonathan Stoye

SCRIPTURE

“Assuredly the creation of the heavens and the earth is a greater (matter) than the creation of men: Yet most men understand not.”
          — The Holy Qur'an 40:57

“Verily God is full of Bounty to mankind, but most of them are ungrateful.”
          — The Holy Qur'an 10:60

“And the servants of (Allah) most gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say, ‘Peace!’”
          — The Holy Qur'an 25:63

“God is with those who patiently persevere.”
          — The Holy Qur'an 8:66

“Your actions will determine the kind of rulers that govern you.”
          — The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

“Fear the cry of the oppressed, for there is no barrier between it and God.”
          — The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

“Ask God for beneficial knowledge and seek refuge with God from knowledge that is of no benefit.”
          —The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

“If you hear of a plague in a land, then do not go into it. If it happens in land where you are, then do not go out of it.”
          —The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

“The people before you were destroyed because they inflicted legal punishments on the poor and forgave the rich.”
          —The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

“Victory is not a pleasant thing.
Those who are pleased by victory
Are pleased with the slaughter of others.
Those who are pleased with the slaughter of others
Have no just place in this world.”
          — Tao te Ching

“How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!”
          —2 Samuel 1:27 (KJV)

EDWARD SNOWDEN

“I have been to the darkest corners of government, and what they fear is light.”
          — Edward Snowden

“The best way to protect somebody is to protect everybody—especially the most vulnerable among us.”
          —Edward Snowden

GRETA THUNBERG

“Asperger is not a disease, it's a gift.”
          —Greta Thunberg

“‘We need to step up our game’ all our leaders keep saying. Well then, please go ahead! You don’t need UN summits, treaties or ‘deals’ to start lowering emissions. Nor do you need to wait for anyone else. You can start right this second! No-one is stopping you.”
          —Greta Thunberg

“People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosytems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”
          —Greta Thunberg

“There are no gray areas when it comes to survival.”
          —Greta Thunberg

“Our leaders are not leading. This is what leadership looks like.”
          —Greta Thunberg

“I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.”
          —Greta Thunberg

“I think it's very insane and weird that people come here [Davos] in private jets to discuss climate change. It's not reasonable.”
          —Greta Thunberg

“I don’t care if what I’m doing – what we’re doing – is hopeful. We need to do it anyway. Even if there’s no hope left and everything is hopeless, we must do what we can.”
          —Greta Thunberg

“The Audience Has Grown Weary. The Show is Over”
          —Greta Thunberg

“This is what betrayal looks like. Whatever our so-called ‘leaders’ are doing, they are doing it wrong.”
          —Greta Thunberg

DONALD TRUMP

“A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“I would certainly not do first strike. Once the nuclear alternative happens, it’s over.”
          —Donald Trump

“The real problem with Trump is that, in his lucid moments, he seems not to want a war with Russia.”
          —John Pilger

“Sometimes, God uses unusual people, people that are not exactly on the straight and narrow. And I believe God is using Mr. Trump. Like I said I don’t like his style, but I believe God is using him. He doesn’t answer to people, he does whatever.”
          —Kathy Casillas

“The fact that the messenger is deranged doesn’t mean the message itself contains no significant truths.”
          —Gary Younge

“I find it somewhat amusing that you [Donald Trump] are attacking the establishment when the establishment is sitting right behind you.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“Trump merely puts a face on America’s out-of-control militarism. He didn’t create it.”
          —Robert Koehler

“Money increasingly sets the terms for debate in the Trump era, not law or ethics.”
          —Juan Cole

“We had real brilliant thinkers that didn't know what the hell they were doing.”
          —Donald Trump

“This [Donald Trump] is not a man who can learn from the bitter lessons of history.”
          —Ralph Nader

TRUTH

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
          —Lewis Carroll

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”
          —Voltaire

“being open and honest is actually a pretty strong tool against misinformation.”
          —Ashish Jha

“It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”
          — Mark Twain

“Those who are not patient are not really interested in the truth.”
          —Tommy Lam

“We live in a post-truth era, where facts don’t matter anymore.”
          —Damien Spleeters

“Sounded like the Truth;
Seemed the better way;
Sounded like the Truth;
But it's not the Truth today.”
          —Leonard Cohen

“A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.”
          — Mark Twain

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
          — popularized by Mark Twain, attributed to Benjamin Disraeli

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.”
          — George Orwell

“Justice, like truth, is no longer relevant.”
          —Chris Hedges

“There can't be a practical reason for believing something that is not true.”
          —Bertrand Russell

MARK TWAIN

“A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.”
          — Mark Twain

“A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.”
          — Mark Twain

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
          — popularized by Mark Twain, attributed to Benjamin Disraeli

“Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.”
          — Mark Twain

“It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”
          — Mark Twain

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
          — Mark Twain

“It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”
          — Mark Twain

“All generalizations are false, including this one.”
          — Mark Twain

“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”
          — Mark Twain

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.”
          — Mark Twain

“Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It's like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won't fatten the dog.”
          — Mark Twain

VIOLENCE

“A monopoly on violence is a terrifying monopoly to hold.”
          — Deborah Orr

“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”
          —Mohandas Gandhi

“Those who try to stop love with violence are wasting their time.”
          —Miguel Diaz-Canel

“Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood.”
          —Mohandas Gandhi

“Guns are the speech of the inarticulate.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“You have the bullet … I have the word. The bullet dies when detonated, the word lives when spread.”
          —Berta Cáceres

“I'm a good shot, but I don't carry a gun because that's the best way to get shot.”
          —Judith Coburn

“In the real world, attempting to dominate a situation at gunpoint seldom results in a happy ending. Far more often, it results in tragedy.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“To convince somebody to put down a gun, you first have to convince them they will not be harmed.”
          —Christine Ahn and Gloria Steinem

WAR

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
          —Albert Einstein

“War is never quick, and it is never easy.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“How long can civilization survive, if we cannot learn to give up war and work cooperatively?”
          —Steve Downs

“The last 20 years have shown that you can't stop on-the-ground terrorism by terrorizing people from the air. Sooner or later, what goes around comes around.”
          —Norman Solomon

“Militarism hasn't protected us from a pandemic that at its worst took the toll of a 9/11 every day, from poverty and instability driven by staggering inequality, or from hurricanes and wildfires made worse by climate change.”
          —Lindsay Koshgarian

“Israel, like the United States, has been poisoned by the psychosis of permanent war.”
          —Chris Hedges

“The most intimate betrayal is to be sent to kill or die for nothing by your countrymen.”
          —Erik Edstrom

“Bloodless war is a dangerous illusion.”
          —Conn Hallinan

“People in my country, the United States, and all over the world are sick and tired of spending billions and billions of dollars on nuclear weapons, war planes, missiles, bombs, and tanks.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“We’re sold the idea of—we’re going to liberate people, we’re fighting terrorism. Then we realize we’re the ones terrorizing people. That torments you psychologically. I’ve lost a few friends to suicide.”
          —Michael Hanes

“You call it war; we laugh at your battleships.”
          — Anonymous (hacker collective)

“All wars are follies, very expensive and very mischievous ones.”
          — Benjamin Franklin

“There never was a good war or a bad peace.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“The whole world is responsible for these murders, and a day will come that we say to the world, ‘You supported Americans who killed us.’”
          — Anonymous Iraqi (quoted by Ali al-Fadhily, 10 July 2007)

“Among bored consumers in post-military societies, [war] has become another entertainment. As for real war, that is like smoking, a habit of the poor.”
          — John Gray (Straw Dogs)

“War is the tool of small-minded scoundrels who worship the death of others on the altar of their greed.”
          — John Cory

“One of the dirty little ironies of war is that it matters less who wins the war than where it was fought.”
          — Ron David (Arabs & Israel for Beginners)

“War does not determine who is right - only who is left.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“We kill people with sanctions. They’re not a substitute for war—they are a form of warfare.”
          —Denis Halliday

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
          — Martin Luther King Jr.

“The most eco-friendly thing you can do is be anti-war.”
          — Katherine Ball

“When warmongerers and imperialists claim to care for women's rights—don't believe them.”
          —Nandini Archer

“empires come home, folks, even if the troops never seem to.”
          —Danny Sjursen

“Loaded with loot and praised to the rafters, America’s uncontained military has no discipline and no direction.”
          — William Astore

“The bombs may be smart, but the acts couldn’t be dumber.”
          —Tom Engelhardt

“Wars of aggression never were and never will be free of atrocities. The decision to invade another nation is a decision to kill those who resist and get in your way — soldiers or civilians.”
          — Jeff Faux

“Who’s ever heard before of a ‘moderate’ with a Kalashnikov?”
          — Robert Fisk

“Four American presidents have made war in the region without success, and whoever follows Obama into the Oval Office will be number five.”
          —Peter van Buren

“when you have to repeatedly explain how much you're winning, you’re likely not winning much of anything at all.”
          —Peter van Buren

“It’s a long way from their [Pentagon Contractors'] glassed-in office suites to the places where the bombs fall.”
          —Norman Solomon

“The enormous expenditure of energy, scientific sophistication and wealth on the military is the main cause of poverty, inflation and despair in the world.”
          —Petra Kelly

“it is almost inevitable that military force will, at best, end up solving nothing. In fact, it almost always makes thing worse."
          —Digby

“Societies based on conquest cannot be sustained”
          —Leanne Simpson

“U.S. special ops touched down in 150 countries between 2011 and 2014. And the results of all this activity have been remarkably repetitive and should by now be tragically predictable: lots of chaos spread, lots of casualties inflicted, and in every case, mission unaccomplished.”
          —William Astore

“Our real threats will not be solved, but they will certainly be amplified, by militarism.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“Cyberwar would, at best, produce the most pyrrhic of victories.”
          —John Feffer

“The nature of war is to beget war: to magnify trouble, to make matters worse. War always comes home.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

“Good violence is no better than bad violence. Our violence is no better than theirs. Murder is murder.”
          —Robert C. Koehler

WEALTH

“Greed and stupidity make a lethal cocktail.”
          — Dave Jorgenson (quoted in Empire of the Beetle)

“What you see quite clearly today, is the wealthy undermining the very system that made them wealthy, and a total failure to see how ruinous that is in the long term.”
          —Sean Illing

“To think that we can preserve the rich people, and let the poor people suffer, is a stupid mistake.”
          —António Guterres

“People in my country, the United States, and all over the world are sick and tired of spending billions and billions of dollars on nuclear weapons, war planes, missiles, bombs, and tanks.”
          —Bernie Sanders

“There’s not much money in the end of civilization, and even less to be made in human extinction.”
          — Guy McPherson

“Money divides communities and does not satisfy the needs of the people.”
          —Chief Joey Dearling (KhoiSan tribe)

“Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.”
          — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Loaded with loot and praised to the rafters, America’s uncontained military has no discipline and no direction.”
          — William Astore

“[W]hen others bear the costs of mistakes, the incentives favour self-delusion. A system that socialises losses and privatises gains is doomed to mismanage risk.”
          — Joseph E. Stiglitz

“Most Americans couldn’t care less about economic growth because for years they’ve got few of its benefits, while suffering most of its burdens.”
          —Robert Reich

“It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.”
          —Benjamin Franklin

“I had supposed that most people liked money better than almost anything else, but I discovered that they liked destruction even better.”
          —Bertrand Russell

“There is nothing boring about going broke in 2019."
          —Donna Smith

HOWARD ZINN

“To rely on the wisdom of the people in power is the worst thing you can do.”
          — Howard Zinn (quoted in Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Apr. 2004

“The cry of the poor is not always just, but if you don't listen to it, you will never know what justice is.”
          —Howard Zinn

UNSORTED

“I've long since accepted that being an activist and a writer, futile though it may be, is who I am. The ship may be going down, but like the orchestra on the Titanic, I keep playing.”
          — Sandy LeonVest

“Remember that we are all just frightened animals trying to survive. Help those in need. Be a good neighbor. Educate, don’t disinform.”
          —Richard Heinberg

“A year of Covid has shown how disruptive our meddling can be and how fragile the systems of progress we think we have permanently created really are.”
          —Jonathan Cook

“Courage is being scared to death, but remaining resolute.”
          —Ilhan Omar

“it’s important to contextualize the death penalty. It’s not like it’s the one bad thing the system does.”
          —Janine Jackson

“In regard to cruelties committed in the name of a free society, some are guilty, while all are responsible.”
          — Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

“How smooth must be the language of the whites, when they can make right look like wrong, and wrong like right.”
          — Black Hawk (Sauk Tribe)

“Slavery is the legal fiction that a person is property. Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person”
          —Anonymous

“we advocate to deaf ears who tell us all not to believe your eyes.”
          —Cosmic Charlie

“Political parties, government agencies, the media, and most other institutions are perfectly willing to meet the market demand for confident answers, whether they're warranted or not.”
          —Rex Douglass

“every civilization expresses itself most pretentiously, compounds its partial and universal values most convincingly, and claims immortality for its finite existence at the very moment when the decay which leads to death has already begun.”
          —Reinhold Niebuhr

“When you go to dig your fields, or make a pot from clay, you are disturbing the balance of things. When you walk, you are moving the air, breathing it in and out. Therefore you must make payments.”
          —Arhuaco saying

“Resist writing off absurdities and horrors as normal, as business-as-usual, as just-the-way-the-world-is. ... Allow yourself to witness and feel the effects of a desperate and dying culture.”
          —Jim Tull

“Progress might have been alright once, but it has gone on too long.”
          —Ogden Nash

“And so the comic opera runs to an end. The branch is about to give. The blind man in costume looks up, not down, because he has heard the breaking of wood underneath his backside. He looks up to the sky quickly again and wonders ... ‘Is it too late to learn to fly?’”
          —Diana Beresford-Kroeger

“Sometimes, reality outraces our capacity for satire.”
          —John Acheson

“The colonizer, oppressor, invader is always blind to his crimes. He sees only the violent reaction – however minuscule – of the people whom he subjugates.”
          —Ramzi Baroud

“So who are the 'good guys'? There may not be any.”
          —Will Bunch

“It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation.”
          —Ray McGovern

“Empires do not have friends… they have subjects.”
          —Jerry Robinson

“On social media, repetition substitutes for validation.”
          —Russel Muirhead

“Even invasions undertaken with good intentions generally end in tears.”
          —Gwynne Dyer

“Progress is a fact. Even so, faith in progress is a superstition.”
          —John Gray

“I end devoted to the same goal I had when I started: not to settle anything, but to unsettle everything”
          —Steven Salaita

“Earth's military crisis, its climate crisis, and the paralyzing economic inequalities that burden impoverished people are linked.”
          —Kathy Kelly

“Resilience, not dominance, is the real strength, especially in hard times. And the secret to resilience is connected diversity, cohesion, cooperative coexistence.”
          —Tim Hollo

“What is truly possible never reveals itself until we take the risk to seek it.”
          —Jim Shultz

“If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don't care for human beings.”
          —Nelson Mandela

“Due to travel restrictions, the U.S. will be attempting coups only in its own capital. Normal worldwide services will resume shortly.”
          —World Beyond War

“Fundamentally, language is still a very subtle thing”
          —Tom Mitchell

“Once trust is broken, it’s not easily regained.”
          —K Sujatha Rao

“There's nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place.”
          —Banksy

“Truly, no idea is too absurd for the surveillance state.”
          —Sidney Fussell

“Borders are porous by definition; no matter how fortified, they are more like living membranes than inorganic walls.”
          —Michael Mardar

“The ambition for a U.S. global empire is an incredibly dangerous pipe-dream.”
          —Nicolas JS Davies

“The political, economic and military system we live under is not only genocidal at this point, but also suicidal.”
          —Nicolas JS Davies

“Certainty craves detail, and detail requires an investigation.”
          —Nicholson Baker

“Things can go wrong in a hundred different ways.”
          —Nicholson Baker

“Why should anyone trust people as strange as we must have seemed?”
          —Kathy Kelly

“I don’t believe in exceptionalism of any kind unless it’s well justified.”
          —Ramanan Laxminarayan