duminică, 14 octombrie 2012

...citatele zilei

"Problema noastră nu este nesupunerea civică. Problema noastră este obedienţa civică. Problema noastră este că oamenii din întreaga lume s-au supus ordinelor unor lideri şi milioane dintre ei au fost ucişi din cauza acestei obedienţe. Problema noastră este că oamenii din întreaga lume sunt obedienţi în faţa sărăciei şi înfometării şi prostiei şi războiului şi cruzimii. Problema noastră este că oamenii sunt obedienţi atunci când închisorile sunt pline de hoţi mărunţi şi marii hoţi ne conduc ţara. Asta este problema noastră !"

Howard Zinn

  • "Defend yourself against property!" – local grafiti
  • "If ya can't say 'fuck', ya can't say 'fuck the government!'" – Lenny Bruce
  • "The object of science is to rediscover the natural articulations of a universe we have carved artificially." – Henri Bergson
  • "The American Revolution was waged to preserve the right to own slaves, unimpeded 
  • – Its Civil War was fought that we could all become slaves, undistinguished." – Historical Documents
  • "From the Indian's point of view, 'white man' is not a race, it's a psycho-social disorder." – Sequoia Chesterfiel
  • History which keeps alive the memory of people's resistance suggests new definitions of power. By traditional definitions, whoever possesses military strength, wealth, command of official ideology, cultural control, has power. Measured by these standards, popular rebellion never looks strong enough to survive. 

    However, the unexpected victories – even temporary ones – of insurgents show the vulnerability of the supposedly powerful. In a highly developed society, the Establishment cannot survive without the obedience and loyalty of millions of people who are given small rewards to keep the system going: the soldiers and police, teachers and ministers, administrators and social workers, technicians and production workers, doctors, lawyers, nurses, transport and communications workers, garbage men and firemen. These people – the employed, the somewhat privileged – are drawn into alliance with the elite. They become the guards of the system, buffers between the upper and lower classes. If they stop obeying, the system falls. 

    That will happen, I think, only when all of us who are slightly privileged and slightly uneasy begin to see that we are like the guards in the prison uprising at Attica – expendable; that the Establishment, whatever rewards it gives us, will also, if necessary to maintain its control, kill us.
    – Howard Zinn

    “Under how many subtilties or absurdities has the divine right to govern been imposed on the credulity of mankind? ... That which may be thought right and found convenient in one age, may be thought wrong and found inconvenient in another. In such cases, who is to decide, the living or the dead?”
    – Thomas Paine

    "And first, please to understand that our present system of Society is based on a state of perpetual war. Do any of you think that this is as it should be? I know that you have often been told that the competition, which is at present the rule of all production, is a good thing, and stimulates the progress of the race; but the people who tell you this should call competition by its shorter name of war if they wish to be honest, and you would then be free to consider whether or no war stimulates progress, otherwise than as a mad bull chasing you over your own garden may do. War or competition, whichever you please to call it, means at the best pursuing your own advantage at the cost of some one else’s loss, and in the process of it you must not be sparing of destruction even of your own possessions, or you will certainly come by the worse in the struggle. You understand that perfectly as to the kind of war in which people go out to kill and be killed; that sort of war in which ships are commissioned, for instance, “to sink, burn, and destroy;” but it appears that you are not so conscious of this waste of goods when you are only carrying on that other war called commerce; observe, however, that the waste is there all the same."
    – William Morris, 1888Signs of Change

    "The labourers have the most enormous power in their hands, and, if they once became thoroughly conscious of it and used it, nothing would withstand them; they would only have to stop labour, regard the product of labour as theirs, and enjoy it. This is the sense of the labour disturbances which show themselves here and there. The state rests on the slavery of labour. If labour becomes free, the state is lost."

  • Forget the politicians, they're an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They've long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the statehouses, the city halls. They've got the judges in their back pockets. And they own all the big media companies, so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear. They've got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying ­ lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want; they want more for themselves and less for everybody else.

    But I'll tell you what they don't want. They don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don't want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that. That doesn't help them. That's against their interests. They don't want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they're getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago.

    You know what they want? Obedient workers ­ people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork but just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And, now, they're coming for your Social Security. They want your fucking retirement money. They want it back, so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They'll get it. They'll get it all, sooner or later, because they own this fucking place. It's a big club, and you ain't in it.

    — George Carlin George Denis Patrick Carlin (aka: George Carlin) George Carlin George Carlin 1937 - 2008 George Carlin George Carlin Comedian George Carlin George Carlin Memorial
    "Death terrifies people less than the absence of real life. All these dead, mechanized, specialized actions, stealing a bit of life a thousand times a day until the mind and body are exhausted, until that death which is not the end of life but the final saturation with absence. Most do not die, because they are already dead."
    -Raoul Vaneigem, 'The Revolution of Everyday Life"

    Technology is the sum of mediations between us and the natural world and the sum of those separations mediating us from each other. It is all the drudgery and toxicity required to produce and reproduce the state of hyper-alienation we languish in. It is the texture and the form of domination at any given stage of hierarchy and commodification.

    … Rousseau zicea ca omul modern e omul divizat impotriva siesi. Omul schizoid. Omul care traieste prin comparatie. Cand se gandeste la altii, se gandeste, de fapt, la sine. Iar cand se gandeste la sine, se gandeste la altii. Altfel spus, cand ma gandesc la altii, ma compar automat cu ei, adicatelea ma gandesc la mine. Iar cand ma gandesc la mine, ma gandesc de fapt la felul in care sunt perceput de altii, adicatelea ma gandesc, de fapt, la ei. Omul modern traieste prin raportare, reactiv. Omul modern e un caz tragic.

    You cannot conduct war with equals; you cannot have militarism with free born men; you must have slaves, automatons, machines, obedient disciplined creatures, who will move, act, shoot and kill at the command of their superiors. —Emma Goldman

    The soldier must be so trained that he becomes a mere automaton, he must be so trained that it will destroy his initiative; he must be so trained that he is turned into a machine. The soldier must be forced into the military noose; he must be jacked up; he must be ruled by his superiors with a pistol in his hand. - Major General John F. O'Ryan

    ‎"Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience and rebellion that progress has been made." ~ Oscar Wilde

    Bruce Lee:

    How can there be methods and systems to arrive at something that is living? To that which is static, fixed, dead, there can be a way, a definite path, but not to that which is living. Do not reduce reality to a static thing and then invent methods to reach it.

    True observation begins when one sheds set patterns, and true freedom of expression occurs when one is beyond systems.

    Knowledge is fixed in time, whereas, knowing is continual. Knowledge comes from a source, from accumulation, from a conclusion, while knowing is a movement.

    There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.

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