Colorful demonstrations and weekend marches are vital but alone are not powerful enough to stop wars. Wars will be stopped only when soldiers refuse to fight, when workers refuse to load weapons onto ships and aircraft, when people boycott the economic outposts of Empire that are strung across the globe.
― Arundhati Roy, Public Power in the Age of Empire
What does peace mean in a world in which the combined wealth of the world’s 587 billionaires exceeds the combined gross domestic product of the world’s 135 poorest countries? Or when rich countries that pay farm subsidies of a billion dollars a day, try and force poor countries to drop their subsidies? What does peace mean to people in occupied Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir, Tibet and Chechnya? Or to the aboriginal people of Australia? Or the Ogoni of Nigeria? Or the Kurds in Turkey? Or the Dalits and Adivasis of India?What does peace mean to non-muslims in Islamic countries, or to women in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan? What does it mean to the millions who are being uprooted from their lands by dams and development projects? What does peace mean to the poor who are being actively robbed of their resources and for whom everyday life is a grim battle for water, shelter, survival and, above all, some semblance of dignity? For them, peace is war.
― Arundhati Roy, War is Peace
Blind belief is disastrous.
It deprives a man of his understanding power and makes him reactionary.
― Bhagat Singh
If a man has an apartment stacked to the ceiling with newspapers we call him crazy. If a woman has a trailer house full of cats we call her nuts. But when people pathologically hoard so much cash that they impoverish the entire nation and our children’s futures, we put them on the cover of Fortune magazine and pretend that they are role models.
― B. Lester
They must find it difficult… Those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority.
– G. Massey, Egyptologist
War is a rich old man protecting his property by sending middle class and lower class young men off to die.
― George Carlin
Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, the ugly ones included.
― Karl Marx
We all too often have socialism for the rich and rugged free market capitalism for the poor.
― Martin Luther King
It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education
than to have education without common sense.
– Robert Green Ingersoll
The religious myth is the most powerful device ever created, and serves as the psychological soil upon which other myths can flourish.
― Zeitgeist, The Movie