Afrikan Revolutionary Soldier
"Revolution is a serious thing,
the most serious thing about a revolutionary's life.
When one commits oneself to the struggle,
it must be for a lifetime."
- Angela Davis.
"The outcome of today's struggles does not matter.
It does not matter in the final count that one or
two movements were temporarily defeated because
what is definite is the decision to struggle
which matures every day, the consciousness of
the need for revolutionary change, and the
certainty that it is possible."
--Ernesto Che Guevara
"We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence,
wether sought or unsought,
by the military-industrial complex.
The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists
and will persist."
"All of us have heard this term 'preventive war'
since the earliest days of Hitler.
I recall that is about the first time I heard it.
In this day and time...I don't believe there is such thing; and, frankly,
I wouldn't even listen to anyone seriously
that came in and talked about such a thing."
1953 upon being presented with plans to wage preventive war
to disarm Stalin's Soviet Union
"Our position is that whatever grievances a nation may have,
however objectionable it finds the status quo,
aggressive warfare is an illegal means for settling those grievances or
for altering conditions."
--Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson,
the American prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials,
in his opening statement to the tribunal
"We will export death and violence to the four corners of the Earth
in defense of our great nation."
--a quote from the president at the end to Bob Woodward's book, "Bush at War"
International Herald Tribune 2003-04-08 Tue
"...perhaps, the best organized dissenters in the world today are anarchists,
who are busily undermining capitalism while the rest of the left
is still trying to form committees."
--Jeremy Hardy, the Guardian (UK)
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you,
then you win."
--Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little
temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Historical Review of Pennsylvania 1759
"Fascism: a system of government that exercises a
dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through
the merging of state and business leadership, together
with belligerent nationalism."
--American Heritage Dictionary
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1983
"The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the
wonders of the Western world.
No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from
its media all objectivity - much less dissent."
novelist and critic
"If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives,
and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will
be secure in their power.
They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets.
We will control ourselves."
historian and author
"...As the disparity between the rich and the poor grows, the fight
to corner resources is intensifying.
To push through their "sweetheart deals," to corporatize the crops
we grow, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the dreams we
dream, corporate globalization needs an international confederation
of loyal, corrupt, authoritarian governments in poorer countries to
push through unpopular reforms and quell the mutinies.
Corporate Globalization-or shall we call it by its
name?-Imperialism-needs a press that pretends to be free.
It needs courts that pretend to dispense justice."
"...We can hone our memory, we can learn from our history.
We can continue to build public opinion until it becomes a
We can turn the war on Iraq into a fishbowl of the
U.S. government's excesses.
We can expose George Bush and Tony Blair-and their allies-for
the cowardly baby killers, water poisoners, and pusillanimous
long-distance bombers that they are.
We can re-invent civil disobedience in a million different ways.
In other words, we can come up with a million ways of becoming a
collective pain in the ass.
When George Bush says "you're either with us, or you are with
the terrorists" we can say "No thank you."
We can let him know that the people of the world do not need to
choose between a Malevolent Mickey Mouse and the Mad Mullahs.
Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay
siege to it.
To deprive it of oxygen.
To shame it.
To mock it.
With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy,
our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness-and our ability to tell
our own stories.
Stories that are different from the ones we're being brainwashed
The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what
they are selling- their ideas, their version of history, their
wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.
Remember this: We be many and they be few.
They need us more than we need them.
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.
On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing."
"What would have happened if millions of American and British people,
struggling with coupons and lines at the gas stations,
had learned that in 1942 Standard Oil of New Jersey
[part of the Rockefeller empire] managers shipped the enemy's fuel
through neutral Switzerland and that the enemy was shipping Allied fuel?
Suppose the public had discovered that the Chase Bank in
Nazi-occupied Paris after Pearl Harbor was doing millions of dollars'
worth of business with the enemy with the full knowledge of the head
office in Manhattan [the Rockefeller family among others?]
Or that Ford trucks were being built for the German occupation troops in
France with authorization from Dearborn, Michigan?
Or that Colonel Sosthenes Behn, the head of the international
American telephone conglomerate ITT, flew from New York to Madrid to Berne
during the war to help improve Hitler's communications systems
and improve the robot bombs that devastated London?
Or that ITT built the FockeWulfs that dropped bombs on
British and American troops?
Or that crucial ball bearings were shipped to Nazi-associated customers
in Latin America with the collusion of the vice-chairman of the
U.S. War Production Board in partnership with Goering's cousin in
Philadelphia when American forces were desperately short of them?
Or that such arrangements were known about in Washington and either
sanctioned or deliberately ignored?"
--Charles Higham, researcher
about U.S.-Nazi collaboration during WWII
"Of course the people don't want war... That is understood.
But after all,
it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy,
and it's always a simple matter to drag the people
along whether it's a democracy,
a fascist dictatorship, a parliament,
or a communist dictatorship.
Voice or no voice,
the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.
That is easy.
All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked,
and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and
exposing the country to danger.
It works the same in any country."
--Hermann Goering, Adolf Hitler's Deputy Chief and Luftwaffe Commander
at the Nuremberg trials,
1946 from "Nuremberg Diary" by G M Gilbert
(Signet, New York, 1947)
"People have so manipulated the concept of freedom that
it finally boils down to the right of the richer and
stronger to take from the weaker and poorer whatever
they still have."
"All public resources go to the rich.
The poor, if they can survive in the labor market, fine.
Otherwise, they DIE.
That's economics in a nutshell..."
"Freedom only comes through persistent revolt,
through persistent agitation,
through persistently rising up against the system of evil."
--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 7, 1957
"Pick the topic you like:
the Middle East, international terrorism,
Central America, whatever it is -
the picture of the world that's presented to
the public has only the remotest relation to reality.
The truth of the matter is buried under edifice
after edifice of lies upon lies.
It's all been a marvelous success from the point of
view in deterring the threat of democracy,
achieved under conditions of freedom,
which is extremely interesting.
It's not like a totalitarian state,
where it's done by force.
These achievements are under conditions of freedom."
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought,
but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable ...
Every step toward the goal of justice requires
sacrifice, suffering, and struggle;
the tireless exertions and passionate concern of
---Martin Luther King, Jr.
"My notion of democracy is that under it the weakest shall have
the same opoortunities as the strongest. . .no country in the
world today show any but patronizing regard for the weak. . .
Western democracy, as it functions today, is diluted fascism. .
true democracy cannot be worked by twenty men sitting at the center.
It has to be worked from below, by the people of every village."
"Contrary to popular belief, conventional wisdom would have one
believe that it is insane to resist the mightiest of empires.... But what
history really shows is that today's empire is tomorrow's ashes, that
nothing lasts forever, and that to not resist is to acquiesce in your
own oppression. The greatest form of sanity that anyone can
exercise is to resist that force that is trying to repress, oppress, and
fight down the human spirit."
"Our leaders are cruel because only those willing to be inordinately cruel
and remorseless can hold positions of leadership in the foreign policy
establishment...People capable of expressing a full human measure of
compassion and empathy toward faraway strangers DO NOT become President of
the United States, or Vice President, or Secretary of State,
or National Security Adviser or Secretary of the Treasury.
Nor do they want to!"
"Four sorrows ... are certain to be visited on
the United States. Their cumulative effect
guarantees that the U.S. will cease to resemble
the country outlined in the Constitution of
1787. First, there will be a state of perpetual
war, leading to more terrorism against
Americans wherever they may be and a spreading
reliance on nuclear weapons among smaller
nations as they try to ward off the imperial
juggernaut. Second is a loss of democracy and
Constitutional rights as the presidency
eclipses Congress and is itself transformed
from a co-equal 'executive branch' of
government into a military junta. Third is the
replacement of truth by propaganda,
disinformation, and the glorification of war,
power, and the military legions. Lastly, there
is bankruptcy, as the United States pours its
economic resources into ever more grandiose
military projects and shortchanges the
education, health, and safety of its citizens."
--- Chalmers Johnson, Sorrows of Empire
"No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded
you are, what the government is actually doing
is worse than you imagine."
--- William Blum
"Television is altering the meaning of "being
informed" by creating a species of information
that might properly be called disinformation...
Disinformation does not mean false information.
It means misleading information - misplaced,
irrelevant, fragmented or superficial
information - information that creates the
illusion of knowing something, but which in
fact leads one away from knowing."
--- Neil Postman
"Capitalism leads to dole queues, the scramble for markets, and war.
Collectivism leads to concentration camps, leader worship, and war.
There is no way out of this unless a planned economy can somehow
be combined with the freedom of the intellect,
which can only happen if the concept of right and wrong is
restored to politics."
--- George Orwell
Observer, 9 April 1944
"....Just want to write to my Mom and tell her that I'm witnessing
this chronic, insidious genocide and I'm really scared, and
questioning my fundamental belief in the goodness of human nature.
This has to stop.
I think it is a good idea for us all to drop everything and
devote our lives to making this stop.
I don't think it's an extremist thing to do anymore.
I still really want to dance around to Pat Benatar and have
boyfriends and make comics for my coworkers.
But I also want this to stop.
Disbelief and horror is what I feel.
I am disappointed that this is the base reality of our world
and that we, in fact, participate in it.
This is not at all what I asked for when I came into this world.
This is not at all what the people here asked for when they
came into this world...."
--- Rachel Corrie
"America will never be destroyed from the outside.
If we falter, and lose our freedoms,
it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
--- Abraham Lincoln
"[The ruling elites] know who their enemies are,
and their enemies are the people,
the people at home and the people abroad.
Their enemies are anybody who wants more social justice,
anybody who wants to use the surplus value of society
for social needs rather than for individual class greed,
that's their enemy."
--- Michael Parenti
"I believe that if we had and would keep our dirty, bloody,
dollar soaked fingers out of the business of these [Third World]
nations so full of depressed, exploited people,
they will arrive at a solution of their own.
And if unfortunately their revolution must be of the violent type
because the 'haves' refuse to share with the 'have-nots' by any
at least what they get will be their own, and not the American style,
which they don't want and above all don't want crammed down their
throats by Americans."
-General David Sharp
[Former United States Marine Commandant 1966]
"We have no honorable intentions in Vietnam.
Our minimal expectation is to occupy it as an American colony and
maintain social stability for our investments.
This tells why American helicopters are being used against guerrillas
in Colombia and Peru.
Increasingly the role our nation has taken is the role of those who
refuse to give up the privileges and pleasures that come from the
immense profits of overseas investment."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
["A Time to Break the Silence" speech given at
Riverside Church New York City April 4, 1967]
"Death squads have been created and used by the CIA around the world
- particularly the Third World - since the late 1940s,
a fact ignored by the elite-owned media."
[Former CIA analyst & Author]
CIABASE; The Crisis of Democracy Deadly Deceits: My 25 years in the CIA
"The U.S.A. has supplied arms,
security equipment and training to governments and armed groups
that have committed torture,
political killings and other human rights abuses in countries
around the world."
["United States of America - Rights for All" October 1998]
"The target suffered a terminal illness before a firing squad in Baghdad."
- CIA officer testifying to U.S. Senate hearing, after bloody CIA
aided Ba'th Party coup overthrew Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Kassem, 1963
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