Quotations page 2
"Americans are the best
entertained and the least informed people in the world."
"Far from being the terrorists
of the world, the Islamic peoples have been its victims, principally
the victims of U.S. fundamentalism, whose power, in all its forms-military,
strategic, and economic-is the greatest source of terrorism on
Earth.... People are neither still nor stupid. They see their
independence compromised, their resources and land and the lives
of their children taken away, and their accusing fingers increasingly
point north: to the great enclaves of plunder and privilege. Inevitably,
terror breeds terror and more fanaticism. But how patient the
oppressed have been. Their distant voices of rage are now heard;
the daily horrors in faraway brutalized places have at last come
" Fascism should more
appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of
State and corporate power."
" The enormous gap between
what US leaders do in the world and what Americans think their
leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments
of the dominant political mythology. "
"The United States is
no longer the nation its citizens once thought: a place, unlike
most others in the world, free from censorship and thought police,
where people can say what they want, when they want to, about
their government... Until the citizens of this land aggressively
defend their First Amendment rights of free speech, there is little
hope that the march to censorship will be reversed. The survival
of the cornerstone of the Bill of Rights is at stake."
Angus Mackenzie, Secrets
" The smart way to keep
people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum
of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that
spectrum - even encourage the more critical and dissident views.
That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on,
while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being
reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate. "
"I believe the profligate
waste of our resources on irrelevant weapons systems and the Asian
economic meltdown, as well as the continuous trail of military
'accidents' and of terrorist attacks on American installations
and embassies, are all portents of a twenty-first century crisis
in America's empire, an empire based on the projection of military
power to every corner of the world and on the use of American
capital and markets to force global economic integration on our
terms, at whatever costs to others."
" In the 1980s capitalism
triumphed over communism. In the l990s it triumphed over democracy.
"The U.S. government leaders
... have created an idol, the military machine. They require the
people of this country to sacrifice to this idol. Not only tax
dollars, but the lives and futures of the nation's young people,
the health of communities and society, and the well-being of natural
resources and the environment are all offered up at the altar
of military might."
Friends Committee on National
"To announce that there
must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand
by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile,
but is morally treasonable to the American public."
"A properly functioning
system of indoctrination has a variety of tasks. Its primary target
are the "stupid and ignorant masses". They must be kept
that way; marginalized, and isolated. Ideally, each person should
be alone in front of the TV screen watching sports, soap operas,
or comedies, deprived of organizational structures that permit
individuals lacking resources to discover what they think and
believe in, to engage in interaction with others, to formulate
their own concerns and programs, and to act to realize them. This
hapless multitude are the proper targets of the mass media and
a public education system geared to obedience and training in
needed skills, including the skill of repeating patriotic slogans
on timely occasions."
"Until we go through it
ourselves, until our people cower in the shelters of New York,
Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles and elsewhere while the buildings
collapse overhead and burst into flames, and dead bodies hurtle
about and, when it is over for the day or the night, emerge in
the rubble to find some of their dear ones mangled, their homes
gone, their hospitals, churches, schools demolished - only after
that gruesome experience will we realize what we are inflicting
on the people of Indochina ..."
"Our rulers for more than
half a century have made sure that we are never to be told the
truth about anything that our government has done to other people."
"The loud little handful
will shout for war. The pulpit will warily and cautiously protest
at first.... The great mass of the nation will rub its sleepy
eyes, and will try to make out why there should be a war, and
they will say earnestly and indignantly: "It is unjust and
dishonorable and there is no need for war."
Then the few will shout even
louder.... Before long you will see a curious thing: anti-war
speakers will be stoned from the platform, and free speech will
be strangled by hordes of furious men who still agree with the
speakers but dare not admit it...
Next, the statesmen will invent
cheap lies...and each man will be glad of these lies and will
study them because they soothe his conscience; and thus he will
bye and bye convince himself that the war is just and he will
thank God for a better sleep he enjoys by his self-deception."
by enduring deep divisions of income and wealth, such as most
third-world societies, are wounded societies with little sense
of the common good... As America drifts in this direction, ending
poverty and redistributing income should be at the top of the
"We are in the process
of destroying an entire nation. It is as simple and terrifying
as that. It is illegal and immoral."
"For the last fifty years
we've been supporting right-wing governments, and that is a puzzlement
to me...I don't understand what there is in the American character...
that almost automatically, even when we have a liberal President,
we support fascist dictatorships or are tolerant towards them."
"There are buried truths
in our history which continue to insist themselves back into the
light, perhaps, because they hold within them the nearly dead
embers of what we were once intended to be as a nation."
Rev. James M. Lawson and actor
"There is no free lunch
for the creature comforts delivered by the corporation. The ravaging
of nature, the erosion of economic security, the destabilization
of the family, the commercialization of all human relationships,
the corruption of democracy, and the dissipation of spiritual
meaning in the face of rampant materialism - these are all part
of the cost of the corporate system as we know it. And they add
up to a very high price to pay for the bounty of the great American
'Bribes given to Third World
officials most likely find their resting place in the banks of
First World countries, which makes us accessories to the crimes."
Toronto Star newspaper
"I know not with what
weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be
fought with sticks and stones."
" Not a nut or bolt shall
reach Chile under Allende. Once Allende comes to power we shall
do all within our power to condemn Chile and all Chileans to utmost
deprivation and poverty..."
U.S. Ambassador to Chile
"Arms manufacturers need
war like umbrella makers need rain."
"First they came for the
communists, but I was not a communist - so I said nothing.
Then they came for the social democrats, but I was not a social
democrat - so I did nothing.
Then they came for the trade unionists, but I was not a trade
And then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew - I did little.
Then when they came for me, there was no one left who could stand
up for me."
Martin Niemoller, German anti-Nazi
pastor during World War II
"Globalization can be
seen as the triumph of capitalism: the ascendancy of economics
over politics, of corporate demands over public policy, of the
private over the public interest, of the transnational corporation
and its global framework over the national state."
" Everyone's values are
defined by what they will tolerate when it is done to others.
"Why should we worry about
the death squads? They're bumping off the commies, our enemies.
I'd give them more power. Hell, I'd give them some cartridges
if I could, and everyone else would too...Why should we criticize
them? The death squad - I'm for it."
Former president of the American
Chamber of Commerce in Guatemala
" The range of debate
between the dominant U.S. [political] parties tends to closely
resemble the range of debate within the business class. "
"Those in power are blind
devotees to private enterprise. They accept that degree of socialism
implicit in the vast subsidies to the military-industrial-complex,
but not that type of socialism which maintains public projects
for the disemployed and the unemployed alike."
William O. Douglas, former U.S.
Supreme Court Justice
"Perhaps, you have a responsibility
to be informed, to know for yourself. To know the truth. And then,
perhaps you must decide with your own conscience and you r personal
energy and your resources what you should do."
" We are willing to accept
lies if they make our lives easier. "
Producer from the TV series "People's
"The Seattle movement
will have to turn its mind to political action that makes use
of the ballot box and the voting machine to secure a change at
Tony Benn, British Labour Party
Member of Parliament
"The search of the young
today is more specific than the ancient search for the Holy Grail.
The search of the youth today is for ways and means to make the
machine - and the vast bureaucracy of the corporation state and
of government that runs that machine - the servant of man. That
is the revolution that is coming. It could be a revolution in
the nature of an explosive political regeneration. It depends
on how wise the Establishment is. If, with its stockpile of arms,
it resolves to suppress the dissenters, America will face, I fear,
an awful ordeal."
William O. Douglas, former U.S.
Supreme Court Justice
"If you want to know about
the world and understand and educate yourself, you have to dig;
dig up books and articles, read and find out for yourself."
"One of the intentions
of corporate-controlled media is to instill in people a sense
of disempowerment, of immobilization and paralysis. Its outcome
is to turn you into good consumers. It is to keep people isolated,
to feel that there is no possibility for social change."
"It is a paradox that
the nation that did so much to articulate and codify human rights
in its foundation documents has so consistently resisted the effective
functioning of an international framework to protect these principles
"The Pentagon has a
fantastic budget that enables it to dream of putting down the
much-needed revolutions which will arise in Peru, in the Philippines,
and in other benighted countries."
William O. Douglas, former U.S.
Supreme Court Justice
" To keep information
from the public is the function of the corporate media."
"The media serve the interests
of state and corporate power, which are closely interlinked, framing
their reporting and analysis in a manner supportive of established
privilege and limiting debate and discussion accordingly."
"Poor people living in
third-world countries are not the only victims of the so-called
new world order. At the heart of this "new" order is
a troubling paradox: Poor people within the United States, and
the country as a whole, are getting poorer at the same time as
the rich within the United States are getting richer."
"Once you have seen
certain things, you can't un-see them, and seeing nothing is as
political an act as seeing something."
"The modern susceptibility
to conformity and obedience to authority indicates that the truth
endorsed by authority is likely to be accepted as such by a majority
of people, who are innately obedient to authority. This obedience-truth
will then become a consensus-truth accepted by many individuals
unable to stand alone against the majority. In this way, the truth
promulgated by the propaganda system - however irrational - stands
a good chance of becoming the consensus, and may come to seem
self-evident common sense."
"Around the world, the
message received is that, whoever wins [the U.S. election], expect
only more of the same - national narcissism disguised as altruism,
corporate appeasement, and the arbitrary use of U.S. military
and economic might."
"Big corporations and
billionaires fund 90 percent to 98 percent of the Democratic and
Republican Party budgets."
"If a baseball player
slides into home plate and, right before the umpire rules if he
is safe or out, the player says to the umpire-"Here is $1,000."
What would we call that? We would call that a bribe. If a lawyer
was arguing a case before a judge and said, "Your honor before
you decide on the guilt or innocence of my client, here is $1,000."
What would we call that? We would call that a bribe. But if an
industry lobbyist walks into the office of a key legislator and
hands her or him a check for $1,000, we call that a campaign contribution.
We should call it a bribe."
"When the powerful begin
to act irresponsibly, it's the responsibility of the rest of us
to take their power away from them."
" [T]here seems to be
nothing to prevent the transnational corporations taking possession
of the planet and subjecting humanity to the dictatorship of capital....
In order to crush any thought of organized resistance to the supporters
of the new world order, tremendous police and military forces
are being used to establish a doctrine of repression...."
Christian la Brie, Le Monde Diplomatique
is a valid word in my view, when you have a situation where we
see thousands of deaths per month, a possible total of I million
to 1.5 million over the last nine years. If that is not genocide,
then I don't know quite what is."
"Bringing democratic control
to the conduct of foreign policy requires a struggle merely to
force the issue onto the public agenda."
"Our country when right,
to be kept right. When wrong, to be put right."
" We believe that the
government and the police have embarked on a strategy of repression
to stop, crush or marginalize the burgeoning progressive movement
that gained world attention in the protest against the WTO in
Seattle last year."
International Action Center attorneys
... "the United States
is slipping into a category of countries - among them Brazil,
Britain, and Guatemala - where the gap [between rich and poor]
is the worst around the globe."
United Nations' Human Development
" The cost of being presented
as a " responsible and serious candidate" by the media
[is] usually to show fundamental agreement with the existing distribution
of wealth and power. "
" Does it sound outrageous
to you that military spending for fiscal year 2000 will be almost
$290 billion and all other domestic discretionary spending, such
as education, job training, housing, Amtrak, medical research,
environment, Head Start and many other worthwhile programs will
total $246 billion, the biggest disparity in modern times ? "
Dale Bumpers, former US Senator
and recent Director of the Center for Defense Information
"The two major parties
have abdicated their responsibility to lead, to advocate solutions,
and to promote true democracy."
"All the emphasis on crime
and drugs and pornography used to justify the suppression of the
Internet is really aimed at suppressing knowledge of the radical
political alternatives that are now available."
Tony Benn, British Labour Party
Member of Parliament
"In the United States,
both the Republican and Democratic Parties, with only a few prominent
exceptions, have been and are in the pay of the corporate media
and communication giants."
John Nichols and Robert McChesney
"You know the one thing
that is wrong in this country? Everyone gets a chance to have
their fair say."
President Bill Clinton
"War is caused by elites
acting in what they take to be their own interests, institutional
violence promulgated by ruling groups for personal gain."
The Nation magazine
"It's like Pravda... It's
a capitalist consolidation of the press - with consequences the
same as Pravda: Horrifying distortion and sabotage!"
Toni Morrison, about Florida during
the 2000 presidential election
" The NSS [National Security
State] represents and serves the interests of a tiny elite. Its
economic policies of "trickling-up", enforced by the
machine gun, are rationalized on the ground that growth in the
long run will trickle down to the lower orders. This is a self-serving
ideology designed mainly to allow the western public to think
well of themselves and their own country."
Edward S. Herman
" Society's dominant discourse
shapes not only its politics but the way people think about their
personal lives and choices. Just as John F. Kennedy helped legitimize
a discourse of idealism that gave impetus to the social movements
of the 1960s, so Ronald Reagan managed to legitimize a discourse
of selfishness and insensitivity that has had profound social
consequences ... Shifting society's discourse - from one of selfishness
and cynicism to one of idealism and caring - is the first and
most important political goal ... in the next several decades.
"America is today the
leader of a world-wide anti-revolutionary movement in the defense
of vested interests. She now stands for what Rome stood for. Rome
consistently supported the rich against the poor in all foreign
communities that fell under her sway; and, since the poor, so
far, have always and everywhere been far more numerous than the
rich, Rome's policy made for inequality, for injustice, and for
the least happiness of the greatest number."
Arnold Toynbee, historian