Quotes: Politics & Education as Prison/Dumbing Down


Below the line are historical quotes from a member of Occupy South Carolina.

“The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority.” — Will Durant

“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group.”
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.” — Benito Mussolini

The Democratic and Republican Parties are the two wings of the Corpocratic Party.
— Consensus of those who have awoken from the Political Matrix (e.g., Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, Cornel West, et al.)

“We, the people, are not free.  Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means we choose between Tweedledee and Tweedledum. We elect expensive masters to do our work for us, and then blame them because they work for themselves and for their class.” — Helen Keller

“We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both — Louis Brandeis

“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” — Frederick Douglass

“THE SPIRIT of the times may alter, will alter. Our rulers will become corrupt, our people careless. A single zealot may become persecutor, and better men be his victims. It can never be too often repeated that the time for fixing essential right, on a legal basis, is while our rulers are honest, ourselves united. From the conclusion of this war we shall be going down hill. It will not then be necessary to resort every moment to the people for support. They will be forgotten, therefore, and their rights disregarded. They will forget themselves in the sole faculty of making money, and will never think of uniting to effect a due respect for their rights. The shackles, therefore, which shall not be knocked off at the conclusion of this war, will be heavier and heavier, till our rights shall revive or expire in a convulsion.”
— Thomas Jefferson A Prophecy (Written during the Revolutionary War)

“The only way to defeat organized money is with organized people.” – Bill Moyers

“The founding fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on their parents. So they provided jails called school, equipped with tortures called education.”
— John Updike

“Education is the state-controlled manufactory of echoes.” — Norman Douglas

“To me the worst thing seems to be for a school principally to work with methods of fear, force, and artificial authority. Such treatment destroys the sound sentiments, and the self-confidence of the pupil. It produces the submissive subject.” — Albert Einstein

“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil [plutocracy/corporatocracy] to one who is striking at the root.” — Henry David Thoreau

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