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Quotable: H. G. Wells on socialism

Quotable: Arundhati Roy on the ghosts of capitalism

“Though capitalism is meant to be based on competition, those at the top of the food chain have also shown themselves to be capable of inclusiveness and solidarity. The great Western Capitalists have done business with fascists, socialists, despots and military dictators. They can adapt and constantly innovate. They are capable of quick thinking . . . → Read More: Quotable: Arundhati Roy on the ghosts of capitalism

Quotable: Chris Rock on wages

Quotable: George Carlin on incentives

Quotable: Banksy on advertising

(Ed. note: Yes, I have been posting very lightly of late. I’m at work on a translation project, a book-length one. I’m finding it both stimulating and mentally exhausting simultaneously. I’ll try to talk more about it later, when my energy levels return to normal. Or something approaching it. Thanks for your understanding.)

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Quotable: Tariq Ali on the “lone gunman” of Afghanistan

“It’s hardly a secret that most Afghans are opposed to the occupation of their country. Occupying soldiers are well aware of the fact. The ‘enemy’ is not hidden. It is the public. So wiping out women and children is part of the war. Helicopter gunships, bomber jets and drones are more effective killers than ‘lone’ . . . → Read More: Quotable: Tariq Ali on the “lone gunman” of Afghanistan

Quotable: Edward R. Murrow on dissent

Quotable: Jason Read on parasites

Quotable: Linus Van Pelt on the true meaning of Xmas

Quotable: William Gladstone on liberalism and conservatism

Quotable: César Chávez on social change

Quotable: Naomi Klein on the so-called free market

Quotable: Malcolm X on oppression

Quotable: Sir John A. Macdonald on US imperialism

Image by Tigana Too.

Yes, my Latin American amig@s, it’s true. Nosotr@s, l@s canadienses, somos el OTRO patio trasero de los EEUU. We’re the US’s OTHER backyard, and we’ve been just as much subject to their imperialism as you. So far, we’ve been luckier keeping them off our necks.

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Quotable: Isaac Asimov on stupidity

Quotable: George Monbiot on wealth

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Quotable: Fran Lebowitz on capitalism and democracy

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Quotable: Dwight D. Eisenhower on the social safety net

Man, that Ike. What a commie-pinko socialist. How the hell did he ever become a Republican? (And speaking of which: Why is that party not deader than the friggin’ dodo by now?) . . . → Read More: Quotable: Dwight D. Eisenhower on the social safety net

Quotable: Adam Smith on progressive taxation

Man, that Adam Smith. Some “Father of Capitalism” this commie-pinko socialist wealth redistributor is turning out to be, eh? . . . → Read More: Quotable: Adam Smith on progressive taxation

Quotable: Kieran Bonner on the banality of evil

“We are not suffering from a secret cabal of evil masterminds who plotted to bring down the world economy. The problem was not secrecy. On the contrary, the ballooning debt of the last 20 years, the massive student levels of student debt, the internet bubble, the real-estate bubble, the rise of speculation, the replacement of […] . . . → Read More: Quotable: Kieran Bonner on the banality of evil

Quotable: Abe Lincoln on plutocracy

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Quotable: Confucius on poverty and wealth

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Quotable: Joe Hill on general strikes

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Quotable: B. Lester on hoarding

“If a man has an apartment stacked to the ceiling with newspapers we call him crazy. If a woman has a trailer house full of cats we call her nuts. But when people pathologically hoard so much cash that they impoverish the entire nation, we put them on the cover of Fortune magazine and pretend […] . . . → Read More: Quotable: B. Lester on hoarding

Quotable: Adam Smith said WHAT?

“The subjects of every state ought to contribute toward the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities; that is, in proportion to …the revenue which they respectively enjoy under the protection of the state ….[As Henry Home (Lord Kames) has written, a goal of taxation should be to] […] . . . → Read More: Quotable: Adam Smith said WHAT?