"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"How does it become a man to behave toward this American government to-day? I answer that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it." Thoreau
September 11, 1973
"My words do not have bitterness but disappointment." He refused to resign. "I will pay for loyalty to the people with my life. And I say to them that I am certain that the seeds which we have planted in the good conscience of thousands and thousands of Chileans will not be shriveled forever." - Salvador Allende
Allende asked Chile's workers to grasp the lesson: "foreign capital, imperialism, together with the reaction, created the climate in which the Armed Forces broke their traditionThe people must defend themselves, but they must not sacrifice themselves. The people must not let themselves be destroyed or riddled with bullets, but they cannot be humiliated eitherThese are my last words, and I am certain that my sacrifice will not be in vain, I am certain that, at the very least, it will be a moral lesson that will punish felony, cowardice, and treason."
"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered." - Thomas Jefferson
"I could hire one-half of the working class to kill the other half." -- Jay Gould, Wall Street financier, 1886
"After the first death, there is no other." - Dylan Thomas
"The US response to 9/11 has ushered in an epidemic of global terrorism that has claimed an estimated 72,265 lives since 2001."
There is a story about Henry David Thoreau who, as you may know, was jailed for civil disobedience for refusing to pay his federal taxes as a protest against slavery and the U.S. invasion of Mexico. While in prison, he was visited by his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson walked into the jail, approached Thoreau’s cell, and called out: “Henry, what are you doing in there?” Thoreau, without skipping a beat, retorted, “Ralph, what are you doing out there?”
“Our goal is to provide the workers the skills to self-organize and manage their workplace. While this takes time, we do our best to explain and educate workers on every part of the organizing process”.
Santayana said, "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." Edmund Burke
"What is the price-current of an honest man and patriot today? They hesitate, and they regret, and sometimes they petition; but they do nothing in earnest and with effect. They will wait, well disposed, for others to remedy the evil, that they may no longer have it to regret." ? - Thoreau.
Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; freedom is something people take and people are as free as they want to be. —James Baldwin
“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers.” - Thomas Pynchon
"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings".
"There's an old saw in the military that goes, 'Amateurs study tactics; professionals study logistics.' And when it comes down to the essential elements of the Iraq war, the fight is about logistics." Robert Bryce
"We should take care, in inculcating patriotism into our boys and girls, that is a patriotism above the narrow sentiment which usually stops at one's country, and thus inspires jealousy and enmity in dealing with others... Our patriotism should be of the wider, nobler kind which recognises justice and reasonableness in the claims of others and which lead our country into comradeship with...the other nations of the world. The first step to this end is to develop peace and goodwill within our borders, by training our youth of both sexes to its practice as their habit of life, so that the jealousies of town against town, class against class and sect against sect no longer exist; and then to extend this good feeling beyond our frontiers towards our neighbours." Lord Baden-Powell
"In 1964 Barry Goldwater declared: 'Elect me president, and I will bomb the cities of Vietnam, defoliate the jungles, herd the population into concentration camps and turn the country into a wasteland.' But Lyndon Johnson said: 'No! No! No! Don't you dare do that. Let ME do it.'"
Characterization (paraphrased) of the 1964 Goldwater/Johnson presidential race by Professor Irwin Corey, "The World's Foremost Authority."
"it takes two to speak the truth, one to speak and another to hear"
- henry david thoreau
It has been said, "if you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are." Let us understand that to live is a human right. We have a right not to be killed; others have also have a right not to be killed.