Thoughts


From William Ellery Channing

They who have read about everything are thought to understand everything, too, but it is not always so; reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. We are of the ruminating kind, and it is not enough to cram ourselves with a great load of collections--we must chew them over again.

2017-06-20 at 15:47:59

More From Chalmers Johnson

Wars and imperialism are Siamese twins joined at the hip. Each thrives off the other. They cannot be separated.

2017-06-19 at 18:58:18

From Frank S. Meyer

For moral and spiritual perfection can only be pursued by finite men through a series of choices, in which every moment is a new beginning; and freedom which makes those choices possible is itself a condition without which the moral and spiritual ends would be meaningless. If this were not so, if such ends could be achieved without the continuing exercise of freedom, then moral and spiritual perfection could be taught by rote and enforced by discipline - and every man of good will would be a saint. Freedom is therefore an integral aspect of the highest end.

2017-06-15 at 14:15:26

From Goethe

The first and last thing required of genius is the love of truth.

2017-06-14 at 13:51:29

From Max Stirner

The State calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime.

2017-06-02 at 14:02:17

From Patrick Henry

It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it.

2017-06-01 at 20:59:55

From Martin Luther

War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity; it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge is preferable to it.


2017-05-29 at 12:43:50

From Bashar al-Assad of Syria

"The American President has no policies. There are policies drawn by the American institutions which control the American regime which are the intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, the big arms and oil companies, and financial institutions, in addition to some other lobbies which influence American decision-making. The American President merely implements these policies, and the evidence is that when Trump tried to move on a different track, during and after his election campaign, he could not. He came under a ferocious attack. As we have seen in the past few week, he changed his rhetoric completely and subjected himself to the terms of the deep American state, or the deep American regime. That is why it is unrealistic and a complete waste of time to make an assessment of the American Presidents foreign policy, for he might say something; but he ultimately does what these institutions dictate to him. This is not new. This has been ongoing American policy for decades."-Bashar al-Assad of Syria

2017-05-28 at 11:51:51

From David Stockman

There is no economic case whatsoever for Imperial Washingtons massive military presence in the Middle East, and most especially for its longtime alliance with the despicable regime of Saudi Arabia.

2017-05-27 at 18:14:33

More From Ludwig von Mises

No one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang on the result. Whether he chooses or not, every man is drawn into the great historical struggle, the decisive battle into which our epoch has plunged us.


2017-05-25 at 14:55:03

From Henry David Thoreau

The progress from an absolute to limited monarch, from a limited monarch to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for the individual. Even the Chinese philosopher was wise enough to regard the individual as the basis of the empire. Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in government? Is it not possible to take a step further towards recognizing and organizing the rights of man? There will never be a really free and enlightened State, until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.


2017-05-23 at 12:35:24

From Lecomte Du Nouy

To really participate in the Divine Task, man must place his ideals as high as possible, out of reach if necessary.


2017-05-22 at 15:17:42

From Chris Hedges

Our descent into despotism began with the pardoning of Richard Nixon, all of whose impeachable crimes are now legal, and the extrajudicial assault, including targeted assassinations and imprisonment, carried out on dissidents and radicals, especially black radicals. It began with the creation of corporate-funded foundations and organizations that took control of the press, the courts, the universities, scientific research and the two major political parties. It began with empowering militarized police to kill unarmed citizens and the spread of our horrendous system of mass incarceration and the death penalty. It began with the stripping away of our most basic constitutional rights-privacy, due process, habeas corpus, fair elections and dissent. It began when big money was employed by political operatives such as Roger Stone, a close Trump adviser, to create negative political advertisements and false narratives to deceive the public, turning political debate into burlesque. On all these fronts we have lost. We are trapped like rats in a cage. A narcissist and imbecile may be turning the electric shocks on and off, but the problem is the corporate state, and unless we dismantle that, we are doomed.

2017-05-20 at 11:56:43

More From Leonard E. Read

Man is an individual being. Man is also a social being. His material success -- even his existence -- depends on the progress of others. Yet, mans fortunes and existence depend also on himself. In some respects he is tied to others, but in most respects he must be freed from others.

2017-05-19 at 14:18:04

More From James Madison

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the place oblige it to control itself.

2017-05-18 at 16:40:13

As You Traverse This Life Please Try To Remember That There Are No Absolute Mistakes; There Are Only Errors In Your Perceived Judgement As To The Likely Outcomes Of Your Actions!!!