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Browsing Quotes With Tag: politics (19)

  • I still wish for an America that matches the marketing material.

    Speaker: Dan Carlin
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 22 Apr 2019 at 7:30 AM
    Posted By: Puck
    Shared By: 2 members; drmccadexavie, Puck
  • Categorizing is necessary for humans, but it becomes pathological when the category is seen as definitive, preventing people from considering the fuzziness of boundaries, let alone revising their categories.

    Source: The Black Swan
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 16 Feb 2015 at 11:58 AM
    Posted By: Puck
    Shared By: 4 members; oursojeri, winswmlik, hnorthsale, Puck
  • You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.

    Speaker: Alan Furst
    Source: Night Soldiers: A Novel
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 24 Dec 2014 at 9:30 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • For in spite of itself any movement that thinks and acts in terms of an ‘ism becomes so involved in reaction against other ‘isms that it is unwittingly controlled by them. For it then forms its principles by reaction against them instead of by a comprehensive, constructive survey of actual needs, problems, and possibilities.

    Speaker: John Dewey
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 24 Dec 2014 at 9:21 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • The one thing that’s clear is that new ideas won’t emerge without the jettisoning of much of our accustomed categories of thought— which have become mostly sheer dead weight, if not intrinsic parts of the very apparatus of hopelessness—and formulating new ones. This is why I spent so much of this book talking about the market, but also about the false choice between state and market that so monopolized political ideology for the last centuries that it made it difficult to argue about anything else.

    Speaker: David Graeber
    Source: Debt: The First 5,000 Years
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 10 Nov 2014 at 11:36 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • Seven deadly sins: politics without principle; wealth without work; pleasure without conscience; knowledge without character; business without morality; science with humanity; and worship without sacrifice.

    Speaker: E. Stanley Jones
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 10 Nov 2014 at 10:52 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • Wall Street is a casino in which high stakes wagers are placed within a limited number of betting houses that keep a percentage of the wins for themselves and fob off losses on others, including taxpayers.

    Speaker: Robert Reich
    Source: Aftershock
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 10 Nov 2014 at 10:42 AM
    Posted By: Puck
    Tags: politics, wealth
  • Toddler soccer is like watching a political discussion on cable news. It starts off serious and ends in embarrassment for all involved.

    Speaker: Jim Gaffigan
    Source: Dad is Fat
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 27 Jun 2014 at 3:00 PM
    Posted By: Puck
    Tags: humor, news, politics
  • My politics in a nutshell? Let’s stop giving corporations and newfangled contraptions what they need and get back to giving human beings what we need.

    Speaker: Kurt Vonnegut
    Source: If This Isn't Nice, What Is?
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 27 Jun 2014 at 2:54 PM
    Posted By: Puck
  • A managed democracy is a wonderful thing – for the managers. And it’s greatest strength is a free press – when free is defined as “responsible,” and the managers define what is “irresponsible.”

    Speaker: Robert Heinlein
    Source: the Moon is a Harsh Mistress
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 02 Dec 2013 at 9:25 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • Certain types of loudmouth-ism should be a capital offense among decent people.

    Speaker: Robert Heinlein
    Source: the Moon is a Harsh Mistress
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 02 Dec 2013 at 9:24 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • The most important aspect of Her new system is that everyone is treated equally. There is no longer fire for some and harp music for others. The afterlife is no longer defined by cots versus waterbeds, raw potatoes versus sushi, hot water versus champagne. Everyone is a brother to all, and for the first time an idea has been realized that never came to fruition on Earth: true equality.
    The Communists are baffled and irritated, because they have finally achieved their perfect society, but only by the help of a God in whom the don’t want to believe. The meritocrats are abashed that they’re stuck for eternity in an incentiveless system with a bunch of pinkos. The conservatives have no penniless to disparage; the liberals have no downtrodden to promote.
    So god sits on the edge of Her bed and weeps at night, because the only thing everyone can agree upon is that they’re all in Hell.

    Speaker: David Eagleman
    Source: Sum
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 09 Mar 2013 at 3:28 PM
    Posted By: Puck
    Tags: politics, utopia
  • Liberals are very broadminded: they are always willing to give careful consideration to both sides of the same side.

    Speaker: Anonymous
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 20 Mar 2009 at 11:19 AM
    Posted By: Puck
    Tags: politics
    Shared By: 2 members; atahymasgeor, Puck
  • In science it often happens that scientists say, “You know that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,” and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn’t happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.

    Speaker: Carl Sagan
    Rating:
    2 (2 votes)
    Posted: 28 Nov 2008 at 12:49 PM
    Posted By: augmentedfourth
  • The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves.

    Speaker: Plato
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 28 Nov 2008 at 12:48 PM
    Posted By: augmentedfourth
    Tags: politics
  • We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.

    Speaker: Aesop
    Rating:
    0 (0 votes)
    Posted: 23 Aug 2008 at 10:37 AM
    Posted By: Puck
    Shared By: 2 members; wheaties, Puck
  • Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.

    Speaker: Douglas Adams
    Rating:
    0 (0 votes)
    Posted: 23 Aug 2008 at 10:36 AM
    Posted By: Puck
    Shared By: 3 members; dirid51, chansen, Puck
  • The truth is that if you want a well-governed state to be possible, you must find for your future rulers some way of life they like better than government.

    Speaker: Plato
    Rating:
    0 (0 votes)
    Posted: 19 Aug 2008 at 6:54 PM
    Posted By: Puck
  • And so our state and yours will really be awake, and not merely dreaming like most societies today, with their shadow battles and their struggles for political power, which they treat as some great prize.

    Speaker: Plato
    Rating:
    0 (0 votes)
    Posted: 19 Aug 2008 at 6:54 PM
    Posted By: Puck
    Shared By: 2 members; winswmlik, Puck