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"We must crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare
already to bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson, 1812
"I believe in Socialism because I believe in humanity." - Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926)
"They say there is no alternative carved in stone, and I want nothing. Its what I'm trained
to believe in. But I can still dream of things that have never been, but someday will be."
- Tina of "The Mekons"
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
- Francois Voltaire
"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's
a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that
we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims
of the darkness." - Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
"Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I
was not one bit better then the meanst on the earth. I said then, and I say now that while
there is a lower class, I am in it, where there is a criminal element, I am of it, while there
is a soul in prison, I am not free." - Eugene V. Debs
"This troubled planet is a place of the most violent contrasts. Those that receive
the rewards are totally seperate from those who shoulder the burdens. It is
not a wise leadership."
- Mr. Spoc of "Star Trek"
(Describing Ardana, where the rulers live in luxury in a cloud city above the minors
working in misery.)
"His radicalism is of the vaguest kind, and yet one always knows that it is there. That
is the difference between being a moralist and a politican. He has no constructive
suggestions, not even a clear grasp of the society that he is attacking, only an
emotional perception that something is wrong. All he can finally say is,
"Behave Decently," which, as I suggested earlier, is not necessarily so shallow
as it sounds. Most revolutionaries are potential Tories, because they imagine
that everything can be put right by altering the shape of society, once that change
is effected, as it sometimes is, they see no need for any other."
- George Orwell on Charles Dickons, 1946
"Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise
up and shake off the existing government and form a new one that suits them better.
This is a most valuable and sacred right- a right we hope and believe to liberate
the world." - Abraham Lincoln, 1848
"Full opportunity for full development is the unalienable right of all. He who denies
it is a tyrant, he who does not demand it is a coward; he who is indifferent to it is
a slave; he who does not desire it is dead. The Earth for all the people! That is
the demand." - Eugene V. Debs
"That circumstances sometimes justify it... revolution is not a communist doctrine
but an old American belief." - Justice Jackson, 1950
"Even if we grant that the American has freed himself from a political tyrant, he is
still the slave of an economical and moral tyrant." - Henry David Thoreau
"These Capitalists generally act harmoniously, and in concert, to fleece the people."
- Abraham Lincoln, 1837
"Who are the oppressors? The few: the king, the capitalist, and a handfull of other
overseers and superintendents. Who are the oppressed? The many: the nations of
the Earth; the valuable personages; the workers; they that make the bread that the
soft handed and idle eat. Why is it right that there is no fairer division
of the spoil all around? Because laws and constitutions have ordered otherwise.
Then it follows that laws and constitutions should change around and say there
shall be a more nearly equal division." - Mark Twain, 1886
"Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people
and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street, and for Wall Street."
- Mary Lease, Kansas Populist, 1890
"The great common people of this country are slaves, the monopoly is their master. Our
laws are the output of a system which clothes rascals in robes and honesty in rags... We
will stand by our homes and stay by our firesides by force if necessary. The people are at
bay, let the bloodhounds of money who have dogged us thus far beware."
- Elizabeth Barr, Kansas agitator, 1890
"I would not be a Capitalist; I would be a man; you cannot be both at the same time."
- Eugene V. Debs, 1905
"The truth is we are all caught up in a great economic system which is heartless."
- Woodrow Wilson, 1912
"Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is
through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and rebellion."
- Oscar Wilde