politics

A Quote by George Orwell on orwell, 1984, war, politics, government, society, and control

The war is waged by each ruling group against its own subjects, and the object of the war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of society intact.

George Orwell (1903 - 1950)

Source: 1984

Contributed by: boogie

A Quote by George Orwell on orwell, 1984, war, politics, government, society, and control

War, it will be seen, accomplishes the necessary destruction, but accomplishes it in a psychologically acceptable way. In principle it would be quite simple to waste the surplus labour of the world by building temples and pyramids, by digging holes and filling them up again, or even by producing vast quantities of goods and then setting fire to them. But this would provide only the economic and not the emotional basis for a hierarchical society. What is concerned here is not the morale of masses, whose attitude is unimportant so long as they are kept steadily at work, but the morale of the Party itself.

George Orwell (1903 - 1950)

Source: 1984

Contributed by: boogie

A Quote by George Orwell on orwell, 1984, war, politics, government, society, and control

The war is waged by each ruling group against its own subjects, and the object of the war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of society intact.

George Orwell (1903 - 1950)

Source: 1984

Contributed by: boogie

A Quote by Slovoj Zizek on radicalism, politics, and marginality

The ultimate goal of radical politics is gradually to displace the limit of social exclusions, empowering the excluded agents (sexual and ethnic minorities) by creating marginal spaces in which they can articulate and question their identity.  Radical politics thus becomes an endless mocking parody and provocation, a gradual process of reidentification in which there are not final victories and ultimate demarcations

Slovoj Zizek

Source: Welcome to the Desert of the Real

Contributed by: Priestess MJ

A Quote by Elizabeth Cady Stanton on revolution, change, world, society, and politics

Come come my conservative friend, wipe the dew from your spectacles. Can't you see the world is moving?

Elizabeth Stanton

Source: Petition against Sarah Palin

Contributed by: ch3shyr3_cat

A Quote by Otieno on politics

It is beter to live 50 years as a tiger rather than live 100 years as a chicken

Edger James

Contributed by: James

A Quote by Sherman Alexie on stories, politics, debate, and diversity

Listen to the stories.  You want to help the world?  Read the poetry of the people we're bombing.  Write poetry for them.  Sing songs for them, and for us.  And listen to everybody.

You cannot control how diverse any room is, or any institution, or any policy.  But you can control how diverse you are, and who you love and who you listen to.

So tonight, don't go hang out with your mirrors (whether that's physical or ideological).  Go find somebody you disagree with, and go hang out.

In a perfect world, Barney Frank and Jesse Helms are best friends.

Sherman Alexie

Source: speech, Rutgers University, October 10, 2001; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WUA8vL1L5Q&feature=related

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, politics, self-awareness, self-delusion, and ideologies

I can't convince myself that it does much good to try to challenge the everyday political delusions and dementias of Americans at large. Their contained and confined mentalities by far prefer the petty and parochial prisons of the kind of sense they have been trained and rewarded for making out of their lives (and are punished for deviating from them). What it costs them ultimately to be such slaves and infants and ideological zombies is a thought too monstrous and rending and spiky for them even to want to glance at.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by unknown on eunuchs, kama sutra, vote, voter, discussion, election, india, and politics

Like eunuchs discussing the Kama Sutra, the voters discuss the elections in Laxmangarh.

unknown

Source: The White Tiger: A Novel, Pages: 82

Contributed by: CentriRitanni

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, rights, democratism, principles, delusion, morals, politics, values, duties, obligations, civilization, and society

The moral and the political are twisted together in all this like a torqued Moebius-strip: we define our political duties toward others or our rights of expectation from them in terms of the highest moral values and obligations and principles conceivable to us. But these highest moral values etc. are themselves ideologically stunted things, a bonsai-ethos that has been deformed by the contraceptive culture of the democratist Many. Do human beings have a positive and universally recognizable right to be left alone as ingrown idiotes, as self-gratifying swinish consumers, as pathetic sacks of illusions and delusions? Are ultimate rights something that the least cultured and least reflective are fit to define for themselves, much less for everyone in general? Can any civilization afford to leave its most vital principles to be framed and legislated by the least philosophically aware? When a society organizes the entire thrust of its energies and institutions to mass-produce such obtuse types, and when malleable human nature makes this organized stupefaction all too easy and efficient, how can any mere exceptional individuals do anything about such a Malthusian dynamic?

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

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