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Jerry Adler . . . "A Font a Day", 1994
Walter Truett Anderson . . . Reality Isn't What It Used To Be, 1990
Hannah Arendt . . . Eichmann in Jerusalem, 1963
Hannah Arendt . . . The Human Condition, 1958  
Jose Barreiro, ed. . . . Indian Roots of American Democracy, 1992
Jacques Barzun . . . The House of Intellect, 1959
Alice S. Baum & Donald W. Burnes . . . A Nation in Denial, 1993
Peter Bergmann . . . Nietzsche, the Last Antipolitical German, 1987
Ambrose Bierce . . . The Devil's Dictionary, 1911
Allan Bloom . . . The Closing of the American Mind, 1987
Alain de Botton . . . How Proust Can Change Your Life, 1997
Marion Bradley . . . The Mists of Avalon
Louis D. Brandeis . . . Olmstead v United States, 1962
Nathaniel Branden . . . The Art of Living Consciously, 1997
Paul Brodeur . . . Currents of Death, 1989
Paul Brodeur . . . Secrets, 1997
Suzanne Brogger . . . Deliver Us From Love, 1976
Andrew Buckoke . . . Fishing in Africa, 1991
Julie Burchill . . . Sex and Sensibility, 1992
Lynette Burrows . . . Good Children, 1986  
Fritjof Capra . . . The Web of Life, 1996
Ernst Cassirer . . . Myth of the State, 1961
William J. Chambliss . . . Harry King, A Professional Thief's Journey, 1984
Iris Chang . . . The Rape of Nanking, 1997
Jung Chang . . . Wild Swans, 1991
Bernard Connolly . . . The Rotten Heart of Europe, 1995
Agatha Christie . . . An Autobiography
Michael Crichton . . . The Lost World, 1995
Robert X. Cringely . . . Accidental Empires, 1992
Joan Delfattore . . . What Johnny Shouldn't Read, 1992
Karl W. Deutsch . . . Politics and Government, 1974
Albert V. Dicey . . . Law and Public Opinion, 1920
Peter F. Drucker . . . The New Realities, 1989
Peter H. Duesberg . . . Inventing the AIDS Virus, 1990
Umberto Eco . . . Travels in Hyperreality, 1987  
Joel Feinberg . . . Offense to Others, 1985
Alain Finkielkraut . . . The Defeat of the Mind, 1995
Stephen Fry . . . Paperweight, 1993
R. Buckminster Fuller . . . Critical Path, 1981
Mel & Norma Gabler . . . What Are They Teaching Our Children?, 1981
John Kenneth Galbraith . . . "Writing, Typing and Economics," 1978
Mike Godwin . . . Cyber Rights, 1998
Nadine Gordimer . . . The Essential Gesture, 1989
Richard B. Gregg . . . The Power of Nonviolence, 1935
John Grisham . . . The Runaway Jury, 1996  
Joshua Halberstam . . . Everyday Ethics, 1993
Paul Hawken . . . The Ecology of Commerce, 1993
Friedrich A. Hayek . . . The Constitution of Liberty, 1978
Jane M. Healy . . . Endangered Minds, 1990
James Hillman . . . The Soul's Code, 1996
Peter Hoeg . . . Smilla's Sense of Snow, 1992
Philip K. Howard . . . The Death of Common Sense, 1994
William Hubben . . . Four Prophets of Our Destiny, 1952
Robert Hughes . . . Culture of Complaint, 1993
Stevi Jackson . . . Childhood and Sexuality, 1982
Paul Jacobs & Saul Landau . . . To Serve the Devil, 1971
Wendy Kaminer . . . I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional, 1993  
Ursula K. LeGuin . . . Always Coming Home, 1985
Paul Leinberger & Bruce Tucker . . . The New Individualists, 1991
Flora Lewis . . . Europe, Road to Unity, 1992
Jean Liedloff . . . The Continuum Concept, 1986
David Lodge . . . Paradise News
Robert K. Logan . . . The Alphabet Effect, 1986
Jerry Mander...Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, 1978
Jerry Mander . . . In the Absence of the Sacred, 1992
Michael Marin . . . The Road To Hell, 1997
Gregory Mcdonald . . . A World Too Wide, 1987
John Stuart Mill . . . On Liberty, 1859
Henry Miller . . . The Air Conditioned Nightmare, 1945
Kate Millett . . . The Politics of Cruelty, 1994
Montesquieu . . . The Spirit of Laws, 1748
Maria Montessori . . . The Child in the Family
Thomas More . . . Utopia, 1516  
Frederick Nietzsche . . . On the Genealogy of Morals, 1887
Thomas Paine . . . Common Sense, 1776
Thomas Paine . . . Letter Addressed to the Addressors, 1792
Peace Pilgrim . . . Her Life and Work in Her Own Words, 1994
Steven Pinker . . . The Language Instinct, 1994
Tom Peters & Nancy Austin . . . A Passion for Excellence, 1985
Neil Postman . . . Technopoly, 1992
Marcel Proust . . . How Proust Can Change Your Life, 1997
Daniel Quinn . . . The Story of B., 1996
Daniel Quinn . . . My Ishmael, 1997  
Herbert Rappaport . . . Marking Time, 1990
Stephen Raushenbush . . . The March of Fascism, 1939
Brian Reading . . . Japan, The Coming Collapse, 1992
Garry Reed . . . Collateral Damage & Roosting Chickens, 2001
Richard M. Restak . . . The Self Seekers, 1982
Jean-Francois Revel . . . Democracy Against Itself, 1993
Jean-Francois Revel . . . The Flight From Truth, 1991
Richard G. Rieben . . . Reciprocia, 2000
Richard G. Rieben . . . The Libido of Liberty, 2000
Richard G. Rieben . . . Ethics for Earthlings, 2000
Richard G. Rieben . . . Blundering Social Bodies, 2001
Richard G. Rieben . . . Handbook for Liberty, 2001  
John Robbins . . . Reclaiming Our Health, 1996
Tom Robbins . . . Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, 1990
Tom Robbins . . . Jitterbug Perfume, 1993
Tom Robbins . . . Still Life With Woodpecker, 1994
Tom Robbins . . . Skinny Legs and All, Bantam, 1995
Tom Robbins . . . Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, 1996
Tom Robbins . . . Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates, 2000
Jay Rosen . . . Not Necessarily the New Age
Barry Rosenberg . . . Notes From a Native Son
Theodore Roszak . . . The Cult of Information, 1986
Bertrand Russell . . . Portraits from Memory 1956  
Carl Sagan . . . Not Necessarily the New Age
Edward W. Said . . . Culture and Imperialism, 1994
Melita Schaum & Karen Parrish . . . Stalked
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. . . . The Disuniting of America, 1998
Howard P. Segal . . . Future Imperfect, 1994
Yefim Shubentsov & Barbara Gordon . . . Cure Your Cravings, 1998
Jim Sleeper . . . The Closest of Strangers, 1990
Starhawk . . . The Fifth Sacred Thing, 1993
Bruce Sterling . . . The Hacker Crackdown, 1992
Clifford Stoll . . . Silicon Snake Oil, 1995
Anne Sullivan . . . Letter to Helen Keller, 1887
Jonathan Swift . . . Gulliver's Travels, 1726
Charles J. Sykes . . . Dumbing Down Our Kids, 1995
Charles J. Sykes . . . A Nation of Victims, 1992  
Gordon Thomas . . . Journey Into Madness, 1989
Lewis Thomas . . . The Lives of a Cell, 1975
Henry David Thoreau . . . Walden
Roderick Thorp . . . Devlin, 1992
Leo Tolstoy . . . The Kingdom of God, 1893
Michael Tooley . . . Abortion and Infanticide, 1985
Mark Twain . . . Pudd'nhead Wilson, 1894
Jill Tweedie . . . In the Name of Love, 1979
Peter Ustinov . . . Dear Me
Joseph Weizenbaum . . . Computer Power and Human Reason, 1976
Geoffrey Wheatcroft . . . The Controversy of Zion, 1996
Eugene Wheeler & Robert Kallman . . . Stop Justice Abuse, 1986
Oscar Wilde . . . Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
Colin Wilson . . . Access to Inner Worlds
Norbert Wiener . . . The Human Use of Human Beings, 1950
Elie Wiesel . . . The Town Beyond the Wall, 1964
Naomi Wolf . . . Fire With Fire, 1994
Robert Wright . . . The Moral Animal, 1994


 
Jerry Adler

     "My old word processor printed out exactly one font, which was the typeface of the typewriter it was attached to. Any nuances I chose to convey I had to supply myself, through my choice of words and the skill with which I juggled as many as five different kinds of punctuation in a single sentence. I'm a writer; that's what I do. WordPerfect 6.0 for Windows offers dozens of quasi-geometric shapes into which text can be squeezed, stretched and contorted for dramatic effect. I would no more want to see my words treated this way than my child."

HOME Jerry Adler, "A Font a Day", Newsweek, Oct. 24, 1994, p. 43 INDEX


 
Walter Truett Anderson

     “Multiculturalism is fine as long as all concerned are in a postmodern frame of mind about their traditions – and especially about their religious beliefs. This means that no particular group, no particular minority community, has any basis for enforcing fidelity to its cultural heritage.”

HOME Walter Truett Anderson, Reality Isn't What It Used To Be, Theatrical Politics, Ready-To-Wear Religion, Global Myths, Primitive Chic, and Other Wonders of the Postmodern World, Harper & Row, S.F., 1990, p. 242 INDEX


 
Hannah Arendt

     “Politically and psychologically, the most interesting aspect of this incident is perhaps the role played by the German authorities in Denmark, their obvious sabotage of orders from Berlin. It is the only case we know of in which the Nazis met with open native resistance, and the result seems to have been that those exposed to it changed their minds. They themselves apparently no longer looked upon the extermination of a whole people as a matter of course.”

HOME Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem, A Report on the Banality of Evil, Viking Press, NY, 1963, p. 157 INDEX


 
Hannah Arendt

     “If it should turn out to be true that knowledge (in the modern sense of know-how) and thought have parted company for good, then we would indeed become the helpless slaves, not so much of our machines as of our know-how, thoughtless creatures at the mercy of every gadget which is technically possible, no matter how murderous it is.”

HOME Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1958, p. 3 INDEX


 
Richard Hill (Jose Barreiro, ed.)

     “As other Indians rushed to accept American citizenship as a way of gaining status and equal recognition, the Six Nations saw such a move as an almost traitorous act that would result in actual loss of independence. To accept American or Canadian citizenship would also nullify the international treaties. In 1944 House hearings the Six Nations Confederacy presented the following position on United States citizenship: “1) That said confederacy has vital existing treaties. The character or construction of them cannot be changed by legislation by Congress. 2) That they are not citizens of the United States. The act of Congress of June 2, 1924, did not provide for Indians to apply for citizenship ... as required by the constitution.””

HOME Richard Hill in, Jose Barreiro, ed., Indian Roots of American Democracy, Akwe:kon Press, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1992, p. 169 INDEX


 
Jacques Barzun

     “No scheme of inequality can be defended as corresponding to natural fact.... Superior and inferior can be determined only with respect to a single quality for a single purpose. Nor can a man's qualities be added together and averaged to give a final score or merit. In short, men are incommensurable and must be deemed equal."

HOME Jacques Barzun, The House of Intellect, Harper, NY, 1959, p. 260 INDEX


 
Alice S. Baum and Donald W. Burnes

     “Ashamed, abandoned, rejected, fearful, and sick, the homeless give up, not “because they choose to live this way” nor because they are “lazy, shiftless bums” but because alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental illness are conditions that, if left untreated, propel people into a downward spiral.”

HOME Alice S. Baum and Donald W. Burnes, A Nation in Denial, The Truth About Homelessness, Westview Press, Boulder, CO, 1993, p. 155 INDEX


 
Peter Bergmann

     "Cowardice and resentment, Nietzsche discerned, were the motivating factors of the new anti-Semitism in Germany. Cowardice because for all the temporary ascendancy of Jews in business and journalism – Nietzsche went far in accepting contemporary stereotypes of 'Jewish influence' – the fact remained that the new chosen 'enemy' was the archtypal non-warrior, allowing for cheap victories for heroic, 'Aryan' virtues and a fatal under-estimation of the real dangers facing Germany. The cry for Jewish exclusion was insofar justified, Nietzsche would later write, in that the 'weak,' uncertain German character could ill digest foreign or different elements."

HOME Peter Bergmann, Nietzsche, the Last Antipolitical German, Indiana University Press, Indianapolis, 1987, p. 144 INDEX


 
Ambrose Bierce

     "Corporation: n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility."

HOME Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, 1911 INDEX


 
Allan Bloom

     "Contrary to much contemporary wisdom, the United States has one of the longest uninterrupted political traditions of any nation in the world. What is more, that tradition is unambiguous; its meaning is articulated in simple, rational speech that is immediately comprehensible and powerfully persuasive to all normal human beings. America tells one story: the unbroken, ineluctable progress of freedom and equality....
    "All significant political disputes have been about the meaning of freedom and equality, not about their rightness. Nowhere else is there a tradition or a culture whose message is so distinct and unequivocal – certainly not in France, Italy, Germany, or even England. There the greatest events and the greatest men speak for monarchy and aristocracy as well as for democracy, for established religion as well as for tolerance, for patriotism that takes primacy over liberty, for privilege that takes primacy over equality of right."

HOME Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind, How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Students, Penguin, London, 1987, p. 55 INDEX


 
Alain de Botton

     "It is perhaps only normal if we remain ignorant when things are blissful. When a car is working well, what incentive is there to learn of its complex internal functioning? When a beloved pledges loyalty, why should we dwell on the dynamics of human treachery? What could encourage us to investigate the humiliations of social life when all we encounter is respect? Only when plunged into grief do we have the Proustian incentive to confront difficult truths, as we wail under the bedclothes, like branches in the autumn wind."

HOME Alain de Botton, How Proust Can Change Your Life, Not A Novel, Pantheon Books, NY, 1997, p. 68 INDEX


 
Marion Bradley

     "The difference is deeper than I thought. Even those who till the earth, when they are Christians, come to a way of life which is far from the earth; they say that their God has given them dominion over all growing things and every beast of the field. Whereas we dwellers in hillside and swamp, forest and far field, we know that it is not we who have the dominion over nature, but she who has dominion over us, from the moment lust stirs in the loins of our fathers and desire in the womb of our mothers to bring us forth, under her dominion, to when we quicken in the womb and are brought forth in her time, to the lives of plant and animal which must be sacrificed to feed and swaddle and clothe us and give us strength to live ... all, all of these things are under the domain of the Goddess and without her beneficent mercy none of us could draw a living breath, but all things would be barren and die."

HOME Marion Bradley, The Mists of Avalon, p. 459 INDEX


 
Louis D. Brandeis

     "Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachments by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."

HOME Louis D. Brandeis, Olmstead v United States, 277 U.S. 438, 479. In Jackson, L.D. (editor) 1962, p. 169 INDEX


 
Nathaniel Branden

     "So, about any tenet one must ask: Does this support or constrict the active use of my mind? Is this teaching addressed to my understanding or to my fears? Am I being offered awareness or escape from the responsibility of awareness?"

HOME Nathaniel Branden, The Art of Living Consciously, The Power of Awareness to Transform Everday Life, Simon & Schuster, NY, 1997, p. 182 INDEX


 
Paul Brodeur

     “The attempt of the utilities to play down the hazards of exposure to electric and magnetic fields from power lines has been abetted by a reluctance on the part of many people to acknowledge that their health could possibly be threatened by invisible emanations from something they regard as both pervasive and indispensable. Indeed, so dependent are we upon the benefits of electricity, and so accustomed have we become to the vast spider web of the electrical distribution system surrounding us, that we have accepted without question the necessity and ubiquity of its presence.”

HOME Paul Brodeur, Currents of Death, Power Lines, Computer Terminals, and the Attempt to Cover Up Their Threat to Your Health, Simon & Schuster, NY, 1989, p. 229 INDEX


 
Paul Brodeur

     “What these officials were suggesting, of course, was that du Pont's chemicals should be considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Not surprisingly, no one in Congress had the temerity to tell them that the chemicals had not been granted constitutional rights and were thus not entitled to the presumption of innocence.”

HOME Paul Brodeur, Secrets, A Writer in the Cold War, Faber & Faber, Boston, 1997, p. 166 INDEX


 
Suzanne Brogger

     “Femininity is wearing shoes that make it difficult to run, skirts that inhibit movement, and underclothes that interfere with blood circulation. It can hardly be coincidental that the clothes men find most flattering on a woman are precisely those that make it most difficult for her to defend herself against aggression.”

HOME Suzanne Brogger, Deliver Us From Love, Quartet (U.K./Ireland), 1976 INDEX


 
Andrew Buckoke

     "People may say it is paternalist to advocate the determined use of aid, humanitarian and otherwise, to encourage political and economic freedoms in Africa. Yet aid is never neutral. We are not afraid of using our influence elsewhere. Why this exaggerated respect for the most absurd and unpleasant regimes? One wonders if the West wants any more in Africa than the maintenance of dictatorships just sufficiently powerful to guarantee a fairly constant supply of cheap agricultural and mineral commodities that cannot be found elsewhere."

HOME Andrew Buckoke, Fishing in Africa, A Guide to War and Corruption, Picador, London, 1991, p. 221 INDEX


 
Julie Burchill

     “What feminism did, as its name suggests, was not to masculinize women but to ultra-feminize them.... Post-feminism, women were born again as seething volcanoes of cancers, complexes and complaints. And a good deal of these are about sex; every American sex book published, from Kinsey to Hite, stresses women's need to be “cuddled” and their distress at being “used” by over-enthusiastic men."

HOME Julie Burchill, Sex and Sensibility, Grafton, London, 1992, p. 49 INDEX


 
Lynnette Burrows

     “The underlying philosophy of this book is principally that children are born into the adult world of their parents and fit naturally into it; and not the other way round. This accommodation with their parents' world is for all children a necessary prelude to fitting into the wider adult world.”

HOME Lynette Burrows, Good Children, Corgi Books, London, 1986, p. 12 INDEX


 
Fritjof Capra

     "In nature there is no 'above' or 'below,' and there are no hierarchies. There are only networks nesting within other networks."

HOME Fritjof Capra, The Web of Life, A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems, Anchor Books, NY, 1996, p. 35 INDEX


 
Ernst Cassirer

     "Freedom is not a natural inheritance of man. In order to possess it we have to create it. If man were simply to follow his natural instincts he would not strive for freedom; he would rather choose dependence. Obviously it is much easier to depend upon others than to think, to judge, and to decide for himself. That accounts for the fact that both in individual and in political life freedom is so often regarded much more as a burden than a privilege. Under extremely difficult conditions man tries to cast off this burden. Here the totalitarian state and the political myths step in. The new political parties promise, at least, an escape from the dilemma. They suppress and destroy the very sense of freedom; but, at the same time, they relieve men from all personal responsibility."

HOME Ernst Cassirer, Myth of the State, Yale University Press, 1961, p. 288 INDEX


 
William J. Chambliss

     "It is, as Harry says in Chapter Six, the police, the prosecuting attorneys, the fix and the judges who benefit most directly from professional theft. The thieves end up impoverished and in prison. It is only when that situation changes that we will see the death of professional theft. American society and American criminal law being what they are, we are not likely to see any profound changes in the near future. The professional thief is an indispensable part of the legal system as it is constituted in America."

HOME William J. Chambliss, Harry King, A Professional Thief's Journey, John Wiley & Sons, 1984, p. 143 INDEX


 
Iris Chang

     “The final death count was almost incredible, between 1,578,000 and 6,325,000 people. R.J. Rummel gives a prudent estimate of 3,949,000 killed, of which all but 400,000 were civilians. But he points out that millions more perished from starvation and disease caused in large part by Japanese looting, bombing, and medical experimentation. If those deaths are added to the final count, then one can say that the Japanese killed more than 19 million Chinese people in its war against China.”

HOME Iris Chang, The Rape of Nanking, The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II, Basic Books, NY, 1997, p. 216 INDEX


 
Jung Chang

     "For years, the things to which I was naturally inclined had been condemned as evils of the West: pretty clothes, flowers, books, entertainment, politeness, gentleness, spontaneity, mercy, kindness, liberty, aversion to cruelty and violence, love instead of 'class hatred,' respect for human lives, the desire to be left alone, professional competence.... As I sometimes wondered to myself, how could anyone not desire the West?"

HOME Jung Chang, Wild Swans, Three Daughters of China, London, Flamingo, 1991, p. 628 INDEX


 
Agatha Christie

     "I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays, and have things arranged for them, that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas in holiday time."

HOME Agatha Christie, An Autobiography, p. 43-4 INDEX


 
Bernard Connolly

     "Even that would not be enough: the whole 'economic culture' would have had to become totally uniform across countries, to rule out the possibility of future divergence. The relative sizes of the public and private sectors, the degree of government regulation and subsidy, the role of corporatist institutions versus free markets, the scope and direction of social security systems, the cast of education – all these would first have had to be 'harmonized.' What is more, there would have to be complete certainty that no country in the monetary union could ever move away from this state of conformity in the future. That list of conditions amounts, in effect, to the prior existence of a single government – complete political union."

HOME Bernard Connolly, The Rotten Heart of Europe, The Dirty War for Europe's Money, Faber and Faber, London, 1995, p. 59 INDEX


 
Michael Crichton

     "What makes you think human beings are sentient and aware? There's no evidence for it. Human beings never think for themselves, they find it too uncomfortable. For the most part, members of our species simply repeat what they are told – and become upset if they are exposed to any different view. The characteristic human trait is not awareness but conformity, and the characteristic result is religious warfare. Other animals fight for territory or food; but, uniquely in the animal kingdom, human beings fight for their 'beliefs.' The reason is that beliefs guide behavior, which has evolutionary importance among human beings. But at a time when our behavior may well lead us to extinction, I see no reason to assume we have any awareness at all. We are stubborn, self-destructive conformists. Any other view of our species is just a self-congratulatory delusion."

HOME Michael Crichton, The Lost World, Ballantine, NY, 1995, p. 7 INDEX


 
Robert X. Cringely

     "Fitting in is the root of culture. Staying here and having fun with everyone else is what allows societies to function, but it's not a source of progress. Progress comes from discord – from doing new things in new ways, from running away to something new, even when it means giving up that chance to have fun with the old gang."

HOME Robert X. Cringely, Accidental Empires, Penguin, London, 1992, p. 160 INDEX


 
Joan Delfattore

     "Textbooks would, the spokespersons stated, include more information about the positive contributions religion has made to history. They would not, however, include any fact suggesting that the role of religion has ever been anything but benign. Conference participants protested that militant religion has been the motivating force behind persecutions, inquisitions, and wars, but the publishers' representatives remained firm. Associating religion with violence, they explained, does not sell textbooks."

HOME Joan Delfattore, What Johnny Shouldn't Read, Textbook Censorship in America, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1992, p. 88 INDEX


 
Karl W. Deutsch

     "If somebody enjoys a value he usually likes to have it in security, so that he can count on continuing to enjoy it. Ever since the rise of the state, people have used political organizations to protect social arrangements, persons, and property. The more unequal or unjust the society was, the heavier the machinery necessary for protection."

HOME Karl W. Deutsch, Politics and Government, How People Decide Their Fate, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1974, p. 45 INDEX


 
Albert V. Dicey

     "Collectivism curtails as surely as individualism extends the area of contractual freedom. The reason of this difference is obvious. The extension of contractual capacity enlarges the sphere of individual liberty. According as legislators do or do not believe in the wisdom of leaving each man to settle his own affairs for himself, they will try to extend or limit the sphere of contractual freedom."

HOME Albert V. Dicey, Lectures on the Relations Between the Law and Public Opinion in England During the Nineteenth Century, Second Edition, Macmillan, London, 1920, p. 264 INDEX


 
Peter F. Drucker

     "Salvation by society failed the most where it promised the most, in the communist countries. But it also failed in the West. Practically no government program enacted since the 1950's in the western world – or in the communist countries – has been successful."

HOME Peter F. Drucker, The New Realities, Heinemann Professional Publishing Ltd., Oxford, 1989, p. 11 INDEX


 
Peter H. Duesberg

     “With drugs, the dose is the poison. Toxicity of drugs is first a function of how much is taken at any given time. But the untold price of frequent drug use is the cumulative toxicity that builds up over a life time, causing irreversible damage. The more drugs are consumed over time, the more toxicity is accumulated. Therefore, it takes twenty years of smoking to acquire irreversible lung cancer or emphysema, and twenty years of drinking to acquire irreversible liver cirrhosis. Therefore, it takes about ten years of nitrites, heroin, amphetamines, or cocaine to develop AIDS. And therefore it takes less than a year of the much more toxic drug AZT to cause AIDS by prescription.”

HOME Peter H. Duesberg, Inventing the AIDS Virus, Regnery Publishing, Washington D.C., 1996, p. 411-2 INDEX


 
Umberto Eco

     "A garment that squeezes the testicles makes a man think differently.... But the same can be said (perhaps to a lesser degree) of the neck, the back, the head, the feet. A human race that has learned to move about in shoes has oriented its thought differently from the way it would have done if the race had gone barefoot. It is sad, especially for philosophers in the idealistic tradition, to think that the Spirit originates from these conditions."

HOME Umberto Eco, Travels in Hyperreality, Picador, 1987, p. 193 INDEX


 
Joel Feinberg

     “The “reasonable person” in a democracy must be presumed to have enough self-control to refrain from violent response to odious words and doctrines."

HOME Joel Feinberg, Offense to Others, Oxford University Press, NY, 1985, p. 91 INDEX


 
Alain Finkielkraut

     “God is dead, but the Volksgeist lives on, even though the idea of the rights of man came into existence precisely to challenge the authority of traditions deeply entrenched in the soil of the Old Continent. It was at the expense of culture that European individuals gained, one by one, all their rights. In the end it is the critique of tradition that constitutes the spiritual foundation of Europe, a fact the philosophy of decolonization has let us forget by persuading us that the individual is nothing more than a cultural phenomenon.”

HOME Alain Finkielkraut, The Defeat of the Mind, trans. Judith Friedlander, Columbia University Press, NY, 1995, p. 106 INDEX


 
Stephen Fry

     "Christmas to a child is the first terrible proof that to travel hopefully is better than to arrive."

HOME Stephen Fry, Paperweight, Mandarin, 1993, p. 188 INDEX


 
R. Buckminster Fuller

     “Each new year's foreign-aid bill had a rider that said that if American companies were present in the country being aided, the money had to be spent through those American companies.... Foreign aid paid for all the new factories and machinery of all the American corporations moving out of America.... But the main objective of the Wall Street lawyers was for the corporations to get out from under the tax control of the American government. In 1933 the American people had saved the corporations by subsidizing them; then, twenty years later, the Wall Street lawyers moved them out of America, getting the American people to pay for the move.”

HOME R. Buckminster Fuller, Critical Path, Kiyoshi Kuromiya, Adjuvant, St. Martin's Press, NY, 1981, p. 105-6 INDEX


 
Mel and Norma Gabler

     “Too many parents, when a child is ready for kindergarten or first grade, say to the school, “You educate him.” Parents attend a couple of PTA meetings, patronize the school fair, and occasionally help their child with homework – and think they've done their duty. Then when the kid starts bad-mouthing them and develops other bad habits, they blame everybody but themselves.”

HOME Mel and Norma Gabler, What Are They Teaching Our Children? (What You Can Do About Humanism and Textbooks in Today's Public Schools), Victor Books, Wheaton, IL, 1985, p. 177 INDEX


 
John Kenneth Galbraith

     "The person who undertakes to make difficult matters clear is infringing on the sovereign right of numerous economists, sociologists, and political scientists to make bad writing the disguise for sloppy, imprecise, or incomplete thought."

HOME John Kenneth Galbraith, "Writing, Typing and Economics," Atlantic Monthly, March 1978, p. 105 INDEX


 
Mike Godwin

     "But we're less often inclined to remember that the First Amendment was crafted specifically to stop the majority of us from using the government to regulate speech we find offensive. Governments never try to ban any other kind."
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    "Open societies, and societies that allow individual privacy, are less safe. But we have been taught to value liberty more highly than safety – we became an independent nation because of that very sentiment."

HOME Mike Godwin, Cyber Rights, Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age, Times Books, NY, 1998, p. 111 & 153 INDEX


 
Nadine Gordimer

     "The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is."
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    "The sad old paradox arises of those who will fight for the freedom to write what they want to write, but are not sure it really ought to be extended to other people who may want to write something different. Perhaps, like the Afrikaans writers, who thought censorship wouldn't touch them, people who keep silent on the subject of gagged writers will wake up, too late, to find that freedom is indivisible and that when professional freedom was withheld from one or two little known leftist writers, it was lost to them, too."

HOME Nadine Gordimer, The Essential Gesture, Stephen Clingman, ed., London, Penguin, 1989, p. 28 and p.66 INDEX


 
Richard B. Gregg

     “The conduct of the nonviolent resister is not one of mere passive waiting or endurance. Toward his opponent he is not aggressive physically, but his mind and emotions are active. He wrestles constantly with the problem of persuading the latter that he is mistaken, seeking proposals for a better way out and examining his own cause and organization to see what may be its mistakes or short-sightedness. He is thinking constantly of all possible ways of winning the truth for both sides.”

HOME Richard B. Gregg, The Power of Nonviolence, Schocken Books, NY, 1959 (first edition, 1935), p. 75 INDEX


 
John Grisham

     "They still know. They know that three thousand kids start smoking every day, and they can give you an accurate breakdown of the brands they're buying. They know that virtually all adult smokers began as teenagers. Again, they have to hook the next generation. They know that one third of the three thousand who start smoking today will eventually die from their addiction.... Because the issue is addiction, and the addict cannot make choices. And kids become addicted much quicker than adults."

HOME John Grisham, The Runaway Jury, Doubleday, NY, 1996, 232 INDEX


 
Joshua Halberstam

     "The object of lust is fungible, but the object of love is not. An object is fungible when you can replace it without any change in value.... The object of your arousal is fungible – there are lots of people out there who can satisfy your sexual cravings. Love, on the other hand, allows no substitutions. You aren't in love with Harry's qualities, you're in love with Harry. You won't fall in love with just anyone who has his wonderful qualities. It isn't Harry's smile that you love, it's the smile on Harry; because you love Harry, you love that smile. Harry is not fungible."

HOME Joshua Halberstam, Everyday Ethics, Penguin, 1993, p. 31 INDEX


 
Paul Hawken

     "The ultimate purpose of business is not, or should not be, simply to make money. Nor is it merely a system of making and selling things. The promise of business is to increase the general well-being of humankind through service, a creative invention and ethical philosophy. Making money is, on its own terms, totally meaningless, an insufficient pursuit for the complex and decaying world we live in."

HOME Paul Hawken, The Ecology of Commerce, A Declaration of Sustainability, HarperBusiness, NY, 1993, p. 1 INDEX


 
Friedrich A. Hayek

     "The 'law' that is a specific command, an order that is called a 'law' merely because it emanates from the legislative authority, is the chief instrument of oppression. The confusion of these two conceptions of law and the loss of the belief that laws can rule, that men in laying down and enforcing laws in the former sense are not enforcing their will, are among the chief causes of the decline of liberty, to which legal theory has contributed as much as political doctrine .... The classical view is expressed in Chief Justice John Marshall's famous statement: 'Judicial power, as contradistinguished from the power of laws, has no existence. Courts are mere instruments of law, and can will nothing.'"

HOME Friedrich A. Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty, University of Chicago Press, 1978 INDEX


 
Jane M. Healy

     “These scientists already understand that experience – what children do every day, the ways in which they think and respond to the world, what they learn, and the stimuli to which they decide to pay attention – shapes their brains. Not only does it change the ways in which the brain is used (functional change), but it also causes physical alterations (structural change) in neural wiring systems.”

HOME Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., Endangered Minds, Why Our Children Don't Think, Simon and Schuster, 1990, p. 51 INDEX


 
James Hillman

     "The pursuit of happiness becomes the pursuit of answers to the wrong questions. We little realize to what feverish extent all psychologies promote anxiety – in parents, in children, in therapists, in researchers, and in the field itself as it extends its searchings into ever more 'problem areas.'"

HOME James Hillman, The Soul's Code, In Search of Character and Calling, Warner Books, NY, 1996, p. 38 INDEX


 
Peter Hoeg

     "Every day, from the glacier above the cliffs, I had collected kangirluarhuq, big blocks of freshwater ice, and carried them home in sacks and melted them over the stove. At the boarding school you turned on a faucet. When summer vacation arrived, all the students and teachers went out to Herbert Island and visited the hunters, and for the first time in a long while we had boiled seal meat and tea. That's when I noticed the paralysis. Not just in me but in everybody. We could not pull ourselves together anymore; it was no longer a natural thing to reach out for some water and brown soap and the package of Neogene and start rinsing the skins. We weren't used to washing clothes, we couldn't pull ourselves together to cook. At every break we would slip into a daydreaming state of waiting. Hoping that someone would take over, would relieve us, free us from our duties, and do what we ourselves ought to have done."

HOME Peter Hoeg, Smilla's Sense of Snow, Dell Publishing, NY, 1992, p. 293 INDEX


 
Philip K. Howard

     “Like printing money, handing out rights to special interest groups for thirty years has diminished not only the civil rights movement but the values on which it was founded. Rights, intended to bring an excluded group into society, have become the means of getting ahead of society. But everyone is losing. It is in the nature of continued conflict, as well as law's inadequacy as a vehicle to happiness, that the ostensible winners have found, not justice and fulfillment, but isolation and recrimination.”

HOME Philip K. Howard, The Death of Common Sense, How Law is Suffocating America, Random House, NY, 1994, p. 133 INDEX


 
William Hubben

     “The morality it wants is nothing more than to reduce everyone to its own level; man as a Christian occupies proudly the judgment seat. But Jesus, for whom Nietzsche always preserves a high regard, was not a judge. Nietzsche emphasizes the fact that Jesus opposed those who judged others, and wanted to destroy the morality existing in his age. Christ's rebellion attacked the Jewish hierarchy, the “just” and supreme rulers, and Nietzsche calls him an anarchist who had to die for this sin, not for the sins of others. Jesus abolished the idea of guilt and sin. How could he have died for the sins of others?”

HOME William Hubben, Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Kafka (originally published as Four Prophets of Our Destiny, Macmillan, 1952), Collier, NY, 1967, p. 105 INDEX


 
Robert Hughes

     “The image promulgated by pop-history fictions like Roots – white slavers bursting with cutlass and musket into the settled lives of peaceful African villages – is very far from the historical truth. A marketing system had been in place for centuries, and its supply was controlled by Africans.”

HOME Robert Hughes, Culture of Complaint, The Fraying of America, Oxford University Press, NY, 1993, p. 144 INDEX


 
Stevi Jackson

     “In attempting to protect children from sex we expose them to danger, in trying to preserve their innocence we expose them to guilt. In keeping both sexes asexual, and then training them to become sexual in different ways, we perpetuate sexual inequality, exploitation and oppression.”

HOME Stevi Jackson, Childhood and Sexuality, Basil Blackwell Limited, Oxford, 1982, p. 180 INDEX


 
Paul Jacobs & Saul Landau

     "But for a while things went well for the Indians. The Cherokees, for example, gave up fighting in 1788; they also gave up their old hunting ways, and took up farming. Impressed by the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, they formed their own republic with a written constitution, a chief, bicameral legislature, codified laws, a system of courts, and a police force. A Cherokee named Sequoia invented a syllabary so that their language could be written, and they established a printing press and newspaper....
    "Then gold was discovered in 1830 and by the spring a bill for the removal of the Indians of the Southeast to the West was passed by Congress. The Cherokees, who still had faith in the word of the United States as given in its treaties, took their case to the Supreme Court, convinced that they were in the right. In a landmark decision spelling out endless future misery for Indians, the Court ruled that it had no jurisdiction in the case since the tribe were "domestic dependent nations." With this failure of the Supreme Court to hold the nation to its word, all treaties with Indians became meaningless."

HOME Paul Jacobs & Saul Landau with Eve Pell, To Serve the Devil, Volume 1: Natives and Slaves, Vintage, NY, 1971, p. 30 INDEX


 
Wendy Kaminer

     “My own notion of intimacy does not include prurience – the exchange of secrets between strangers. My vision of community is shaped by an ideal of mutual respect between citizens and neighbors and a shared sense of courtesy and justice, but not love.”

HOME Wendy Kaminer, I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional: The Recovery Movement and Other Self-Help Fashions, Vintage Books, 1993, p. 2 INDEX


 
Ursula K. LeGuin

     “In a State, even a democracy, where power is hierarchic, how can you prevent the storage of information from becoming yet another source of power to the powerful – another piston in the great machine?”
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     “Children were going towards sexual potency. Adolescents, as they attained it, turned from it. At the time they became able to “work” as sexual beings they ceased to do so – consciously, by choice. All the outgoing energies were now to reverse, to come back in to the center, to work in the service of personhood, at its most vulnerable and crucial stage.”

HOME Ursula K. LeGuin, Always Coming Home, Harper and Row, NY, 1985, p. 316 & 490 INDEX


 
Paul Leinberger and Bruce Tucker

     “For almost twenty years, American culture has been saturated with ideas and images that mutually reinforce the notion of the organization as an individual naturally pursuing its own best interests. Corporate apologetics, a resurgence of neoclassical economic thought, popularizations of organization theory, and media images of business have all done their part to create the egoistic pole of this generation's organizationalism. First, in time-honored fashion, many of these images and ideas confuse organizations with individuals. Second, in recent fashion, they psychologize them. And third, in even more recent fashion, they reduce psychology to egoism.”

HOME Paul Leinberger and Bruce Tucker, The New Individualists, The Generation After the Organization Man, HarperCollins, NY, 1991, p. 214 INDEX


 
Flora Lewis

     "Though he swears by his dogged individualism, the Frenchman maintains a great respect for authority, especially for the signs that mark the status of a dignitary, and he is transported at the thought of being entitled to a sash or a decoration. When anything goes wrong, even the weather, he blames the state and looks to it for compensation."

HOME Flora Lewis, Europe, Road to Unity, Touchstone, NY, 1992, p. 112 INDEX


 
Jean Liedloff

     "Again it is the intellect trying to 'decide' what a child can understand, when the continuum way simply permits the child to absorb what he can from the total verbal environment, which is undistorted and unedited. It is impossible to hurt the mind of a child with concepts it cannot understand as long as that mind is allowed to leave what it cannot digest. But taking a child by the shoulders and trying to force him to understand can create a sad conflict between what he can comprehend and what he feels is expected of him."

HOME Jean Liedloff, The Continuum Concept, Arkana (Penguin), London, 1986, p. 111 INDEX


 
David Lodge

     "I don't think people want to go on holiday, anymore than they really want to go to church. They've been brainwashed into thinking it will do them good, or make them happy. In fact surveys show that holidays cause incredible amounts of stress."

HOME David Lodge, Paradise News, p. 76 INDEX


 
Robert K. Logan

     “The Hebrews considered themselves created in the image of the Creator with license to subdue the earth for their own needs. A nonliterate people would never conceive of this role for themselves. Tribal people are unable to separate themselves from nature; they are nature, an integral part of the environment.... The separation of man and his artifacts from nature explains why the Greeks never studied the effects of their own tools or artifacts despite their avid interest in nature itself. Unfortunately, this tradition has become part of our Western heritage – to ignore the impacts of our technology.”

HOME Robert K. Logan, Ph.D., The Alphabet Effect, The Impact of the Phonetic Alphabet on the Development of Western Civilization, William Morrow, NY, 1986, p. 123 INDEX


 
Jerry Mander

     “Far from being “neutral,” television itself predetermines who shall use it, how they will use it, what effects it will have on individual lives, and, if it continues to be widely used, what sorts of political forms will inevitably emerge.”
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     “There is the old story of the native living on a Pacific island, relaxing in a house on the beach, picking fruit from the tree and spearing fish in the water. A businessman arrives on the island, buys all the land, cuts down the trees and builds a factory. Then he hires the native to work in it for money so that someday the native can afford canned fruit and fish from the mainland, a nice little cinder-block house near the beach with a view of the water, and weekends off to enjoy it.”

HOME Jerry Mander, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, William Morrow & Company, NY, 1978, p. 45 & 118 INDEX


 
Jerry Mander

     “Corporations exist beyond time and space. As we have seen, they are legal creations that only exist on paper. They do not die a natural death; they outlive their own creators. And they have no commitment to locale, employees, or neighbors. This makes the modern corporation entirely different from the baker or grocer of previous years who survived by cultivating intimacy with the neighbors. Having no morality, no commitment to place, and no physical nature (a factory someplace, while being a physical entity, is not the corporation), a corporation can relocate all of its operations to another place at the first sign of inconvenience: demanding employees, too high taxes, restrictive environmental laws. The traditional ideal of community engagement is antithetical to corporate behavior.”
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     “”Market economy” is really only a public-relations term to conceal the larger global picture: the forced abandonment of local controls on development, trade, prices, or lifestyle in favor of the new centrally planned economy, supervised by banks and corporations and enforced by the U.S. military.”

HOME Jerry Mander, In the Absence of the Sacred, The Failure of Technology & the Survival of the Indian Nations, Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, 1992, p. 133-4 & 379 INDEX


 
Michael Marin

     “In a routine foreign aid situation there is local government, even a corrupt local government, to check the tendency of aid organizations toward control.... Aid organizations across the Third World have been lectured or deported in hundreds of instances where governments have perceived a challenge to their sovereignty. Aid organizations regularly complain that local governments are the main obstacle to development. If only they were allowed total control, they might be able to really do development work. Somalia was the perfect chance to test this. There were no controls on aid agencies or what they could not do. It was as if a tumor was set loose in a body without an immune system.”

HOME Michael Marin, The Road To Hell, The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International Charity, The Free Press, NY, 1997, p. 218 INDEX


 
Gregory Mcdonald

     "This is the first generation that is not necessary for anything; that is not needed. They have been replaced by technology. And I'm afraid today's young people know it. There's not a thing left for them to do except serve each other fast food, which they don't even cook. And the more they realize this, the more they self-destruct, by chemical drugs, overpowered cars, or some other technological means. I really fear that if you make loud noise at this generation – war, depression or natural disaster – they will swallow their young in terror like so many minks."

HOME Gregory Mcdonald, A World Too Wide, Hill and Company, Boston, 1987, 44-5 INDEX


 
John Stuart Mill

     "The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warranty."

HOME John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859, p. 13 INDEX


 
Henry Miller

     "Prison of course is the school of crime par excellance. Until one has gone through that school, one is an amateur."

HOME Henry Miller, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, 1945 INDEX


 
Kate Millett

     “The term “citizen” – which historically followed the term “subject,” a new term once and full of a sense of “rights” and “prerogatives” – now often serves to reminds us how these entitlements have wilted under the state's greater and greater amassment of power in modern centralization of control, technically facilitated with computerlike speed: records, files, information itself becoming a hand closing over the arm of any one of these citizens. The feeling of subjection returns.”

HOME Kate Millett, The Politics of Cruelty, An Essay on the Literature of Political Imprisonment, W.W. Norton & Company, NY, 1994, p. 307 INDEX


 
Montesquieu

     "In a free nation it is very often a matter of indifference whether individuals reason well or ill; it is sufficient that they do reason: hence springs that liberty which is a security from the effects of these reasonings.
    "But in a despotic government, it is equally pernicious whether they reason well or ill; their reasoning is alone sufficient to shock the principle of that government."

HOME Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, The Spirit of Laws, trans. Thomas Nugent, revised J.V. Prichard, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Chicago, 1952 – first published in Geneva in 1748, Book XIX, Chapter 27 INDEX


 
Maria Montessori

     "It is important for us to know the nature of a child's work. When a child works, he does not do so to attain some further goal. His objective in working is the work itself, and when he has repeated an exercise and brought his own activities to an end, this end is independent of external factors. As far as the child's personal reactions are concerned, his cessation from work is not connected with weariness since it is characteristic of a child to leave his work completely refreshed and full of energy. / This illustrates one of the fundamental differences between the natural laws of work for children and for adults. A child does not follow the law of minimum effort, but rather the very opposite. He consumes a great deal of energy in working for no ulterior end and employs all his potentialities in the execution of each detail. The external object and action are in every case of only accidental importance."

HOME Maria Montessori, The Child In The Family, p. 240 INDEX


 
Thomas More

     "They say the only purpose of a law is to remind people what they ought to do, so the more ingenious the interpretation, the less effective the law, since proportionately fewer people will understand it – whereas the simple and obvious meaning stares everyone in the face."

HOME Thomas More, Utopia, trans. Paul Turner, Penguin, London, 1965 (orig. 1516), p. 106 INDEX


 
Frederick Nietzsche

     “Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as science “without any presuppositions”; this thought does not bear thinking through, it is paralogical: a philosophy, a “faith,” must always be there first of all, so that science can acquire from it a direction, a meaning, a limit, a method, a right to exist. Whoever has the opposite notion, whoever tries, for example, to place philosophy “on a strictly scientific basis,” first needs to stand not only philosophy but truth itself on its head.”

HOME Frederick Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, Third essay, section 24 [1887], Basic Writings of Nietzsche, Trans. & Ed. Walter Kaufmann, The Modern Library, NY, 1968, p. 548-8 INDEX


 
Thomas Paine

     "Commerce diminishes the spirit, both of patriotism and military defense. And history sufficiently informs us, that the bravest achievements were always accomplished in the non-age of a nation.... The more men have to lose, the less willing are they to venture. The rich are in general slaves to fear, and submit to courtly power with the trembling duplicity of a spaniel."

HOME Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776 INDEX


 
Thomas Paine

     "These words, 'temperate and moderate,' are words either of political cowardice, or of cunning, or seduction. A thing, moderately good, is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle, is a species of vice."

HOME Thomas Paine, Letter Addressed to the Addressors, 1792 INDEX


 
Peace Pilgrim

     “When an evil is attacked, the evil mobilizes, although it may have been weak and unorganized before, and therefore the attack gives it validity and strength. When there is no attack, but instead good influences are brought to bear upon the situation, not only does the evil tend to fade away, but the evildoer tends to be transformed. The positive approach inspires; the negative approach makes angry.”

HOME Peace Pilgrim, Her Life and Work in Her Own Words, Ocean Tree Books, Santa Fe NM, 1994, p. 132 INDEX


 
Steven Pinker

     “The main lesson of thirty-five years of AI research is that the hard problems are easy and the easy problems are hard. The mental abilities of a four-year-old that we take for granted – recognizing a face, lifting a pencil, walking across a room, answering a question – in fact solve some of the hardest engineering problems ever conceived.... As the new generation of intelligent devices appears, it will be the stock analysts and petrochemical engineers and parole board members who are in danger of being replaced by machines. The gardeners, receptionists, and cooks are secure in their jobs for decades to come.”

HOME Steven Pinker, The Language Instinct, The New Science of Language and Mind, Allen Lane, London, 1994, p. 192-3 INDEX


 
Tom Peters and Nancy Austin

     “As one small businessperson said, “We make people responsible for all that's important, then we treat them like children, and then we're utterly dismayed when they turn around and behave and respond like children.”

HOME Tom Peters and Nancy Austin, A Passion for Excellence, The Leadership Difference, Fontana, NY, 1985, p. 244 INDEX


 
Neil Postman

     “It is important to remember what can be done without computers, and it is also important to remind ourselves of what may be lost when we do use them.”

HOME Neil Postman, Technopoly, The Surrender of Culture to Technology, Alfred A. Knopf, NY, 1992, p. 120 INDEX


 
Marcel Proust

     "As long as reading is for us the instigator whose magic keys have opened the door to those dwelling places deep within us that we would not have known how to enter, its role in our lives is salutary. It becomes dangerous on the other hand, when, instead of awakening us to the personal life of the mind, reading tends to take its place, when the truth no longer appears to us as an ideal which we can realize only by the intimate progress of our own thought and the efforts of our heart, but as something material, deposited between the leaves of books like honey fully prepared by others and which we need only take the trouble to reach down from the shelves of libraries and then sample passively in a perfect repose of mind and body."

HOME Marcel Proust, quoted in: Alain de Botton, How Proust Can Change Your Life, Not A Novel, Pantheon Books, NY, 1997, p. 180 INDEX


  
Daniel Quinn

     “For most who write and think about our future, it's a foregone conclusion that we're all going to have to bite the bullet very hard in order to survive. It doesn't occur to these thinkers and writers that it would be far less painful to start fresh. As they view it, our task is to grit our teeth and cling faithfully to the vision that is destroying us. As they see it, our doom is to go on indefinitely hammering ourselves in the head with one hand while using the other to dispense aspirin tablets for the pain.”

HOME Daniel Quinn, The Story of B, Bantam Books, NY, 1996, p. 50 INDEX


 
Daniel Quinn

     “The onset of puberty signals the end of the child's apprenticeship to its parents. It signals the end of childhood itself. Again, this isn't cultural, it's genetic. In tribal societies, the pubertal youth is understood to be ready for initiation into adulthood – and must be initiated into adulthood. You can no longer expect this person to want to imitate adults.”

HOME Daniel Quinn, My Ishmael, Bantam, NY, 1997, p. 146 INDEX


 
Herbert Rappaport

     “Another major problem with the biochemical approach to depression, and perhaps to all disorders, is the fallacy of causation. While there are certainly profound depressions that require the assistance of chemotherapy, most depressions are inevitably connected to the vagaries of being human and living in a complex world. It seems capricious and downright dangerous to medicate on the assumption that all depressed moods stem from a chemical deficiency. That abnormal levels of substances like neurotransmitters are found in depressed patients does not necessarily imply a cause-and-effect relationship exists. It is equally plausible that psychological experience alters biochemical states.”

HOME Herbert Rappaport, Ph.D., Marking Time, Simon and Schuster, NY, 1990, p. 59 INDEX


 
Stephen Raushenbush, 1939

     "To a German grocer, not unwilling to explain things to an American visitor, I spoke of our feeling that something invaluable had been given up when freedom was surrendered. He replied: 'But you don't understand at all. Before this we had to worry about elections, and parties, and voting. We had responsibilities. But now we don't have any of that. Now we're free.'"

HOME Stephen Raushenbush, The March of Fascism, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1939, p. 40 INDEX


 
Brian Reading

     "There are several simple rules in politics. The first is that governments always come up with the right solutions, after all other alternatives have been exhausted.... The second is that, until the pain from doing nothing exceeds the pain from doing something, nothing gets done."

HOME Brian Reading, Japan, The Coming Collapse, Orion, London, 1992, p. 298 INDEX


 
Garry Reed

     "If you’re standing next to an idiot who’s poking a stick into a hornet’s nest for no particular reason other than he has the power to do it, and you’re the one who gets stung, who are you most angry at? The hornets or the idiot with the stick?

"Make no mistake. There has to be two responses, not one. First, swat down the terrorist hornets. Then take the stick away from the idiots."

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"Our leaders’ obsession with empire has brought this war upon us and we have little choice now but to fight it, which we will do with all the subtlety of a rutting pig in a negligee, creating another generation of America haters for our children to deal with."

HOME Garry Reed, Collateral Damage & Roosting Chickens, internet article at The Loose Cannon Libertarian, September, 2001 INDEX


 
Richard M. Restak

     "Within a technological society such as ours, it was probably inevitable that some people would begin to interact with others in ways similar to their interactions with machines. Machines are manipulated in order to bring about an effect. People, too, can be manipulated in order to get something out of them. They can be persuaded, threatened, cajoled, seduced, implored, intimidated – the verbs may change but the process is similar in each instance: treat the other individual as a 'thing' little different from a complicated piece of machinery."

HOME Richard M. Restak, The Self Seekers, Understanding Manipulators, the Predominant Personalities of Our Age, Doubleday, NY, 1982, p. 8-9 INDEX


  
Jean-Francois Revel

     “Ordinarily we think of utopian philosophers as harmless dreamers, the only flaw of whose generous idealism is that it is unrealistic. When utopia comes to power, in Russia or China or elsewhere, this flaw leads it – we think – away from its overly ambitious humanitarian goals; in trying to reach them, it suppresses liberty. But this is not it. All the utopian authors factor repressive totalitarianism into their blueprints for society. Tyranny is the very essence of their thinking, not a consequence of the difficulty of putting it into practice.”

HOME Jean-Francois Revel, Democracy Against Itself, The Future of the Democratic Impulse, trans. Roger Kaplan, The Free Press, NY, 1993, p. 252 INDEX


  
Jean-Francois Revel

     “The difference between censorship exercised by governments and that exercised by the press in democratic countries is that the former is usually denounced and impeded, whereas the latter is not, since the press would have to undertake the task of criticizing itself.... When politicians or economic experts undertake to criticize the media, they usually make themselves unpopular, even when they are right, and gain a reputation for being adversaries of freedom of expression.”

HOME Jean-Francois Revel, The Flight From Truth, The Reign of Deceit in the Age of Information, Trans. Curtis Cate, Random House, NY, 1991, p. 271 INDEX


 
Richard G. Rieben

     "It is a small point, often overlooked, that personal firearms are tools of self-defense and thus of defending our rights. If we must have recourse to them, then it means that we have failed to institute a polity that is sensible and efficient toward the same goal. It is tempting to think that if we were to rid the nation of guns we would have less street crime than we now have. But the statistics repeatedly prove the opposite. When people are disarmed, they are more readily victimized on all fronts, and especially by the power that disarms them.
    "It is not that we need weapons, but that we need security of our rights as human beings. Only after we have secured our rights by other means will weapons become redundant. They would then fall into disuse by the majority of the population perhaps, but they would not become prohibited because the action of prohibition itself is a signal that polity has not secured our rights but is violating them. Prohibition – of anything, from alcohol to drugs to arms to pornography – means that government is violating our rights and that we are embattled....
    "If we are to achieve a weapon-free society it must be arrived at voluntarily and in consequence of having more effective tools for defending ourselves in place and operating. And, even then, people will not 'give up' their arms, they will merely give them less priority in favor of tools that work better. But first we have to create tools that work better."

HOME Richard G. Rieben, Reciprocia, Berapa Press International, Seattle, 2000, p. 129-130 INDEX


 
Richard G. Rieben

     "Liberty does not have a vested interest in a particular social condition. Under liberty, the status quo, at any given time, is representative and descriptive, not definitive or prescriptive. Under liberty, society grows, changes, and evolves. The people are committed to the principle of liberty rather than to the conditions of society. Even while they personally and socially cling to what is familiar, they do not prevent change nor empower their government to oppress."

HOME Richard G. Rieben, The Libido of Liberty, Berapa Press International, Seattle, 2000, p. 39 INDEX


 
Richard G. Rieben

     "Ethical people have no motivation, desire or concept of doing harm to others. It is not 'in them.' What is in them is a concept of their own humanity and health that will be undermined if they do harm to others. It is not a matter of self-esteem, but a factual reality that they will be less as human beings in consequence of doing others hurt. Not just self-image suffers, survival capability qua human being suffers. Not hurting others is a selfish, protective, instinctive action."

HOME Richard G. Rieben, Ethics for Earthlings, Berapa Press International, Seattle, 2000, p. 46-7 INDEX


 
Richard G. Rieben

     "When people say 'anarchy,' they mean a condition where government is disorganized, and people secure whatever protection they can either individually or through various arrangements of military protection, which is secured either by tribute (taxes or other fees or compensations) or by participation (conscription or servitude). In other words, what they are describing in their quest for protection is the exact form of government which is the status quo for all government bodies in the history of the planet. And what they actually mean by 'anarchy,' is the loss of power of their particular government body – that it no longer holds its military power securely, that there is a flux. This is also a constant of government, despite the delusion that governments preach about themselves to the contrary. It is in the interests of a government body that we perceive its power as absolute and unassailable, but, since they are all gangs of thugs holding their power by dint of military strength, this is always an illusion and is merely intended to ward-off their inevitable toppling by other groups of thugs. It may be an effective strategy for a few years or a few centuries, but it is invariably delusional, since it denies the anarchic reality of its own position."

HOME Richard G. Rieben, Blundering Social Bodies, Berapa Press International, Seattle, 2001, p. 156-7 INDEX


 
Richard G. Rieben

     "Group nature is not human. Groups of human individuals contain an additional element, dimension, or force that is different from, and contrary to, the well-being of individual humans. And we must protect ourselves against this. This protection consists of political boundaries that disenfranchise groups from having the political means of enforcing their values upon individuals. Once we do that, and all groups are optional and voluntary, then we have no fear from any group. Whatever their religious, social, ecological, or humanitarian agendas may be, they have no power over individuals, and exist only through voluntary support. This condition is called liberty."

HOME Richard G. Rieben, Handbook for Liberty, Berapa Press International, Seattle, 2001, p. 13 & 119 INDEX


  
John Robbins

     “It wouldn't hurt us to remember that in Israel in 1973, doctors went on strike for a month, and the death rate dropped 50 percent. There had not been a month with so few deaths since the previous doctors strike, 20 years before. A few years later, in Bogota, Colombia, a two-month-long physician strike resulted in a 35 percent drop in the death rate. And when Los Angeles county doctors went on a work slowdown to protest soaring malpractice insurance premiums, the death rate dropped 18 percent.”

HOME John Robbins, Reclaiming Our Health, Exploding the Medical Myth and Embracing the Source of True Healing, HJKramer, Tiburon, California, 1996, p. 7 INDEX


 
Tom Robbins

     "The Enemy is the tyranny of the dull mind... There are authoritative blacks with dull minds, and they are the enemy. The leaders of capitalism and the leaders of communism are the same people, and they are the enemy. There are dull-minded women who try to repress the human spirit, and they are the enemy just as much as the dull-minded men... The enemy is every expert who practices technocratic manipulation, the enemy is every proponent of standardization and the enemy is every victim who is so dull and lazy and weak as to allow himself to be manipulated and standardized."

HOME Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Bantam, NY, 1990, p. 390 INDEX


 
Tom Robbins

     "Reality is subjective, and there's an unenlightened tendency in this culture to regard something as 'important' only if it's sober and severe. Your Cheerful Dumb are not so much happy as lobotomized. But your Gloomy Smart are just as ridiculous. When you're unhappy, you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself. And you get to take yourself oh so very seriously. Your truly happy people, which is to say, your people who truly LIKE themselves, they don't think about themselves very much. Your unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer him up, because that means he has to stop dwelling on himself and start paying attention to the universe. Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence."

HOME Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume, Bantam, NY, 1993, p. 236 INDEX


 
Tom Robbins

     "Behavioral traits such as curiosity about the world, flexibility of response, and playfulness are common to practically all young mammals but are usually rapidly lost with the onset of maturity in all but humans. Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature."

HOME Tom Robbins, Still Life With Woodpecker, Bantam, NY, 1994, p. 19 INDEX


 
Tom Robbins

     "What a dull world this would be if we were all alike. What an evolutionary dead end! To be brothers, to live in peace, we do not have to be overly similar. We do not have to admire or even like one another's peculiarities. We need only respect those peculiarities – and be grateful for them."

HOME Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All, Bantam, NY, 1995, p. 145 INDEX


 
Tom Robbins

     "Individuals have to accept responsibility for their own bad choices. If every time we choose a turd, society, at great expense, simply allows us to redeem it for a pepperoni, then not only will we never learn to make smart choices, we will also surrender the freedom to choose, because a choice without consequences is no choice at all."

HOME Tom Robbins, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, Bantam, NY, 1996, p. 324 INDEX


 
Tom Robbins

     "I've always assumed that every time a child is born, the Divine reenters the world. Okay? That's the meaning of the Christmas story. And every time that child's purity is corrupted by society, that's the meaning of the Crucifixion story. Your man Jesus stands for that child, that pure spirit, and as its surrogate, he's being born and put to death again and again, over and over, every time we inhale and exhale, not just at the vernal equinox and on the twenty-fifth of December."

HOME Tom Robbins, Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates, Bantam, NY, 2000, p. 313 INDEX


 
Jay Rosen

     "The ideal consumer is uncertain about himself and insecure about his place in the world, and the ideal advertisement reinforces this feeling even as it promises to banish it."

HOME Jay Rosen, Not Necessarily the New Age, Optimism and Dread: TV and the New Age, p. 278 INDEX


 
Barry Rosenberg

     "The uncertainties of being in a foreign country, of knowing no one and having little money, are less frightening to me than contracting terminal ennui as the result of a lack of new experiences."

HOME Barry Rosenberg, Notes From a Native Son INDEX


 
Theodore Roszak

     “The empiricists were right to believe that facts and ideas are significantly connected, but they inverted the relationship. Ideas create information, not the other way around. Every fact grows from an idea; it is the answer to a question we could not ask in the first place if an idea had not been invented which isolated some portion of the world, make it important, focused our attention, and stimulated inquiry.”

HOME Theodore Roszak, The Cult of Information, The Folklore of Computers and the True Art of Thinking, Pantheon, NY, 1986, p. 105 INDEX


 
Bertrand Russell

     “There is a reason for the general deterioration as regards liberty. This reason is the increased power of organizations and the increasing degree to which men's actions are controlled by this or that large body. In every organization there are two purposes: one, the ostensible purpose for which the organization exists; the other, the increase in the power of its officials. This second purpose is very likely to make a stronger appeal to the officials concerned than the general public purpose that they are expected to serve.”

HOME Bertrand Russell, Portraits from Memory and Other Essays, George Allen & Unwin, London, 1956, p. 205 INDEX


 
Carl Sagan

     "Skepticism challenges established institutions. If we teach everybody, let's say high school students, the habit of being skeptical, perhaps they will not restrict their skepticism to aspirin commercials and 35,000-year-old channelers. Maybe they'll start asking awkward questions about economic, or social, or political, or religious institutions. Then where will we be? Skepticism is dangerous. That's exactly its function in my view."

HOME Carl Sagan, Not Necessarily the New Age; The Burden of Skepticism, p. 365 INDEX


 
Edward W. Said

     "Lord Baden-Powell's conception of the Boy Scouts, founded and launched in 1907-8. An almost exact contemporary of Kipling, BP, as he was called, was greatly influenced by Kipling's boys generally and Mowgli in particular; BP's ideas about 'boyology' fed those images directly into a grand scheme of imperial authority culminating in the great Boy Scout structure "fortifying the wall of empire," which confirmed this inventive conjunction of fun and service in row after row of bright-eyed, eager, and resourceful little middle-class servants of empire."
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    "It might have made a difference even to Americans who are not normally interested in history to know that the last time Baghdad was destroyed was in 1258 by the Mongols."

HOME Edward W. Said, Culture and Imperialism, Vintage, London, 1994, p. 166 & p. 365 INDEX


 
Melita Schaum & Karen Parrish

     "It can be argued that we live in a culture that romanticizes pursuit. The messages are all around us – in the movies, in television shows, song lyrics, even in advertisements.... Over and over the images that construct our world depict women as vulnerable and available, men as being most manly when they are invincible and aggressive....
    "From classic movies like The Graduate to contemporary blockbusters, the pattern is clear: obsessive behavior wins the prize of romantic love."

HOME Melita Schaum & Karen Parrish, Stalked: Breaking the Silence on the Crime of Stalking in America, Pocket Books, NY, p. 267 INDEX


 
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

     “The cult of ethnicity exaggerates differences, intensifies resentments and antagonisms, drives ever deeper the awful wedges between races and nationalities. The endgame is self-pity and self-ghettoization.”

HOME Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Disuniting of America, Reflections on a Multicultural Society, W.W.Norton, NY, 1998, p. 106 INDEX


 
Howard P. Segal

     “The truth about Leonardo is that his age – unlike ours – tolerated and actually encouraged the diverse activities that made him a Renaissance man beyond chronology alone. Moreover, notwithstanding his individual talents, he was hardly unique in his time. Attributing Leonardo's manifold achievements in painting, sculpture, design, architecture, and engineering solely to his singular genius is to miss the point: he was multifaceted in part because there did not then exist both the tremendous gaps between technology and culture and the occupational specialization we today accept as almost inevitable. Technology in its present meaning also did not then exist, and the engineer and architect (if not artist) were invariably the same person.”

HOME Howard P. Segal, Future Imperfect, The Mixed Blessings of Technology in America, University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 1994, p. 180 INDEX


 
Yefim Shubentsov and Barbara Gordon

     “Self-esteem is not the powerful, life-enhancing elixir it's cracked up to be. It is not an essential nutrient. It is not a requirement for success. Rather, it is the result of success. Feeling entitled to self-esteem takes away all the toughness that comes from having earned it.”

HOME Yefim Shubentsov and Barbara Gordon, Cure Your Cravings, G.P.Putnam's Sons, NY, 1998, p. 22 INDEX


 
Jim Sleeper

     “In twenty-five years, government moved from ensuring that people were not formally categorized on the basis of race to ensuring that they are so categorized, whether they want to be or not.... The shift increasingly constrains individuals to think of themselves primarily as members of persecuted groups as defined by color.”

HOME Jim Sleeper, The Closest of Strangers, W.W. Norton & Company, NY, 1990, p. 159-160 INDEX


 
Starhawk

     "Once this drive for power-over and domination appeared on the planet, it became a force that no one could escape for more than a breathing space. For either we submit, and it triumphs, or we mobilize to fight against it, diverting our energies and resources and transforming ourselves into what we do not want to be. It's like a virus, mindlessly destructive, yet we cannot eradicate it without changing our own internal balance.
    "We must develop an immunity to that virus. Not just for ourself, but for the planet."

HOME Starhawk, The Fifth Sacred Thing, Bantam, NY, 1993, p. 238 INDEX


 
Bruce Sterling

     "It can be a very dangerous business to raid an American home; people can panic when strangers invade their sanctum. Statistically speaking, the most dangerous thing a police officer can do is to enter someone's home. (The second most dangerous thing is to stop a car in traffic.) People have guns in their homes. More cops are hurt in homes than are ever hurt in biker bars or massage parlors."

HOME Bruce Sterling, The Hacker Crackdown, Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier, Bantam, NY, 1992, p. 152 INDEX


  
Clifford Stoll

     “Minds think with ideas, not information. No amount of data, bandwidth, or processing power can substitute for inspired thought. Dazzled by computers and communications theory, we've been misled into thinking that experience can be broken down into bits and bytes. Those with the most information have the most power. This is patently false. The Internet, that great digital dumpster, confers not power, not prosperity, not perspicacity.”

HOME Clifford Stoll, Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway, Pan Books, London, 1995, p. 193 INDEX


 
Anne Sullivan

     "I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built upon the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. Whereas, if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily. Let him go and come freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself, instead of sitting indoors at a little round table, while a sweet-voiced teacher suggests that he build a stone wall with his wooden blocks, or make a rainbow out of strips of coloured paper, or plant straw trees in bead flower-pots. Such teaching fills the mind with artificial associations that must be got rid of, before the child can develop independent ideas out of actual experience."

HOME Anne Sullivan, in a letter to Helen Keller (5/8/1887), quoted in: Helen Keller, The Story of My Life, 1903, pt. 3, ch. 3. INDEX


 
Jonathan Swift

     "There was a society of men [lawyers] among us, bred up from their youth in the art of proving by their words multiplied for the purpose, that white is black, and black is white, according as they are paid. To this society all the rest of the people are slaves."

HOME Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels, 1726 INDEX


 
Charles J. Sykes

     “The alternative to a vacuous obsession with feeling good about oneself is the idea of confidence built on achievement. Here we find one of the great cultural divides in American education: Schools that are intent on building confidence will insist on high academic standards; schools concerned with self-esteem will fear to ask too much.”

HOME Charles J. Sykes, Dumbing Down Our Kids, Why America's Children Feel Good About Themselves but Can't Read, Write, or Add, St. Martin's Press, NY, 1995, p. 56 INDEX


  
Charles J. Sykes

     “The belief in universal victimization was effectively institutionalized in federal law as a result of a series of Supreme Court cases that radically changed the original meaning of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII of that act was quite explicit in banning intentional discrimination in employment against individuals because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. There was no hint in the original act that it could ever be interpreted as conferring group rights, or that it could be used to mandate “goals,” timetables,” or “quotas.””

HOME Charles J. Sykes, A Nation of Victims, The Decay of the American Character, St. Martin's Press, NY, 1992, p. 199 INDEX


 
Gordon Thomas

     "In the Roman Empire, physicians were legally permitted to be present at, or take part in, the torture of those suspected of sorcery. During the Middle Ages, judges of the Inquisition, regularly encouraged the use of priest-doctors to torture suspected heretics. Many of the ancient warlords of China and Japan included in their entourages a physician whose speciality was deciding which torture to use. The Spanish conquerors of Mexico and Peru took along their doctors who supervised the torture of Indians. The courts of England's Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Elizabeth I all had their physicians who attended torture sessions.
    "The experts knew that most certainly those doctors, like their Nazi successors and their Japanese counterparts in World War II, and all those who had followed – that all of them, despite the torture and murder they witnessed or actually committed, still had a strong belief in themselves as doctors."

HOME Gordon Thomas, Journey Into Madness, The True Story of Secret CIA Mind Control and Medical Abuse, Bantam Books, NY, 1989, p. 346-7 INDEX


 
Lewis Thomas

     "For total greed, rapacity, heartlessness, and irresponsibility there is nothing to match a nation. Nations, by law, are solitary, self-centered, withdrawn into themselves. There is no such thing as affection between nations, and certainly no nation ever loved another. They bawl insults from their doorsteps, defecate into whole oceans, snatch all the food, survive by detestation, take joy in the bad luck of others, celebrate the death of others, live for the death of others....
    "It does not signify that man is a sparse, inhuman thing at his center. He's all right. It only says what we've always known and never had enough time to worry about, that we haven't yet learned how to stay human when assembled in masses."

HOME Lewis Thomas, The Lives of a Cell, Bantam Books, 1975, p. 129 INDEX


 
Henry David Thoreau

     "But, wherever a man goes, men will pursue and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society. It is true, I might have resisted forcibly with more or less effect, might have run 'amok' against society; but I preferred that society should run 'amok' against me, it being the desperate party."

HOME Henry David Thoreau, p. 160 INDEX


 
Roderick Thorp

     "Once a guy starts trying to kill himself, he usually doesn't stop until he's overwhelmed by success."

HOME Roderick Thorp, Devlin, Ballantine Books, NY, 1992, p. 14 INDEX


 
Leo Tolstoy

     "Men of our time do not merely pretend to hate oppression, inequality, class distinctions, and all kinds of cruelty not only to men but to animals – they really do hate all this, but do not know how to abolish it or cannot make up their minds to part with the system that supports it all but seems to them indispensable."

HOME Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God, trns. Aylmer Maude, Oxford U. Press, London, 1936 [1893], p. 240 INDEX


 
Michael Tooley

     "Most people have not, after all, arrived at their fundamental beliefs and values on the basis of a careful consideration of the alternatives, and of what can be said for and against each. Many of their most basic beliefs and values are ones that they have come to hold simply because they were raised in an environment in which those beliefs and values were accepted without question. Raised in a different society, or by rather different parents, many of their most fundamental beliefs and values would be likely to have been quite different. As a consequence, when one subjects one's beliefs and values to critical examination, when one asks what reasons there are for believing one thing rather than another, for accepting one set of values, moral principles, or way of life, rather than others, the outcome may very well be that some change in one's beliefs and values is called for. In a sense, then, philosophy is a subversive discipline, and profoundly so. But the object is not to tear down and to destroy. It is to find a more plausible and more defensible set of beliefs and values, and thereby, a more satisfactory view of the world, and of man's place in it."

HOME Michael Tooley, Abortion and Infanticide, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1985, p. 6 INDEX


 
Mark Twain

     "One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives."

HOME Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson, 1894 INDEX


  
Jill Tweedie

     “One of the strongest drives behind the women's movement is more inward than a wish for equal legislation, opportunities, education and wages, though all these form a part. What women want above all is to become real, to discard the mannered feminine mask and reveal the human being beneath, a person who is neither a Virgin Mary to be put on a pedestal nor a Lilith to be fearfully desired nor a Martha to wait at table, but simply a person sufficient unto herself, with her own talents and inadequacies, her own idiosyncrasies, good, bad or indifferent.”

HOME Jill Tweedie, In the Name of Love, Granada Publishing (A Paladin Book), 1979, p. 205 INDEX


 
Peter Ustinov

     “Whenever a grave international situation develops, I react not as an Englishman, nor as a Russian, nor as one who is sometimes in America, France, Switzerland or Germany, but as life-president of my own nation. I write protests, demarches, and am always willing to accept apologies, although, up to now, very few have been forthcoming .... Everyone must have a country. The only difference between myself and the others is that they seem to be satisfied with what they have been given, whereas .... there has never been an anthem which sets my foot tapping, never an occasion which brings a lump to my throat. I can take no allegiance to a flag if I don't know who's holding it. My only allegiance is to my own conscience, and who is to tell me that that is not higher than any flag, or any mediocre tune written by a third-rate bandmaster to the words of a fourth-rate poet, to which men rise as a mass with a look of inane piety on their faces?”

HOME Peter Ustinov, Dear Me, p. 286-7 INDEX


 
Joseph Weizenbaum

     “There have been many debates on 'Computers and Mind.' What I conclude here is that the relevant issues are neither technological nor even mathematical; they are ethical. They cannot be settled by asking questions beginning with 'can.' The limits of the applicability of computers are ultimately statable only in terms of oughts.”

HOME Joseph Weizenbaum, Computer Power and Human Reason, From Judgment to Calculation, W.H. Freeman and Company, NY, 1976, p. 227 INDEX


 
Geoffrey Wheatcroft

     “In some countries, citizenship was a matter simply of residence and loyalty to the state. That was peculiarly true of the United States. The country which had most strongly, and most crucially, supported Israel was founded on principles in opposite reaction the European nationalism on which Zionism had modeled itself.”

HOME Geoffrey Wheatcroft, The Controversy of Zion, Jewish Nationalism, the Jewish State, and the Unresolved Jewish Dilemma, Addison-Wesley, Harlow, England, 1996, p. 283 INDEX


 
Eugene D. Wheeler and Robert E. Kallman

     “Bar committees, research reports, and endless nit-picking can lead to delays that discourage the proponents of positive change. Law is a profession that is usually picked for its financial rewards. Lawyers are therefore not thinking about reforms if it is not financially or academically rewarding.”

HOME Eugene D. Wheeler and Robert E. Kallman, Stop Justice Abuse, Ventura, Pathfinder, 1986, p. 52 INDEX


 
Oscar Wilde

     "Nobody ever commits a crime without doing something stupid."

HOME Oscar Wilde, Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891 INDEX


 
Colin Wilson

     "Like the physical body, the emotional body reaches a certain level of growth and then stops. But it stops rather sooner than the physical body. So most of us possess the emotional body of a retarded adolescent. And as soon as we find ourselves under pressure, as soon as life begins to look difficult, the emotional body bursts into tears and tries to run away."

HOME Colin Wilson, Access to Inner Worlds, p. 29 INDEX


 
Norbert Wiener

     “Let us remember that the automatic machine ... is the precise economic equivalent of slave labor. Any labor which competes with slave labor must accept the economic conditions of slave labor. It is perfectly clear that this will produce an unemployment situation in comparison with which the present recession and even the depression of the thirties will seem a pleasant joke.”

HOME Norbert Wiener, The Human Use of Human Beings, Houghton Mifflin, NY, 1950, p. 162 INDEX


 
Elie Wiesel

     "Without protesting, without fighting back, we let ourselves be cast as victims. A revolt, even badly organized, offered fair chances of success: it never broke out. Like a herd of sheep we allowed ourselves to be led. A game indeed! A Greek tragedy in which the characters are condemned in advance, long before the curtain rises. At Szerencsevaros, at Marmaroszighet, in a thousand other European cities, the Jews blindly obeyed the implacable instructions of an invisible director. Everywhere the first act was the same, and the second, and the last. A gesture, one only, a shout, one only – some interjection that was not in the script – and everything might have changed: the actors would have reverted to their own identities. That gesture, no one made; that shout, no one shouted. The victims were exemplary victims. Of course, they did not know. They did not know how the story went on, how it ended. They should have known. They could have known. There were a few who knew, who had seen. The others refused to listen to them. The others shut them up. Stopped their mouths. Were ready to stone them. Those were the rules of the game."

HOME Elie Wiesel, The Town Beyond the Wall, trans. Stephen Becker, Avon Books, NY, 1964, p. 168 INDEX


 
Naomi Wolf

     “Sure, dead white men formulated the principles of representative democracy and the free press. But the flaws lie not in the ideals themselves, but in the fact that the founders' blindness, in structuring citizenship as white, male and propertied, and the self-interest of those who hold power now, prevents the ideals from unfolding according to their own logic.”

HOME Naomi Wolf, Fire With Fire, Vintage, London, 1994, p. 126 INDEX


 
Robert Wright

     "Luck is the thing that makes you fail and other people succeed; ability works the other way around."

HOME Robert Wright, The Moral Animal, The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology, Pantheon Books, NY, 1994, p. 268 INDEX