fascists cannot argue, so they kill" - Unknown
Fascism ever comes in the United States it will come in something like that
way. No one will set himself up as an avowed dictator, but if he can succeed
in dictating everything, the name does not matter. Laws and Constitutions
guaranteeing liberty and individual rights may remain on the statute books,
but the life will have gone out of them. Institutions may be designated as
before, but they will have become only empty shells. We thus have an
indication of the points at which American vigilance must be eternal if it
desires to withstand the subtle inroads of the Fascist spirit. There is no
need to be on the watch for a revolutionary leader to rise up and call upon
his followers to march on Washington. No such sinister figure is likely to
appear. The danger is, as Senator Long demonstrated in Louisiana, that
freedom may be done away with in the name of efficiency and a strong
(New York Times, 11 September 1935)
"Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in
England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all,
it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a
simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a
fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or
no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.
That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and
denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to
danger. It works the same in any country." -
Goering, Hitler's #2 man, before being sentenced to death at the Nuremberg
is not a boon our ancestors bought and paid for once and for all. It must be
purchased in the installment plan and each generation has to pay its quota
of the price." Rachel Davis Dubois
in which it is wrong to murder an individual civilian and right to drop a
thousand tons of high explosive on a residential area does sometimes make me
wonder whether this earth of ours is not a loony bin made use of by some
- George Orwell
when the last tree is cut; only when the last river is polluted; only when
the last fish is caught: Only then will they realize that you cannot eat
-- Cree Indian Prophecy
abolition of war is no longer an ethical question to be pondered solely by
learned philosophers and ecclesiastics, but a hard core one for the decision
of the masses whose survival is the issue. Many will tell you with mockery
and ridicule that the abolition of war can only be a dream - that it is the
vague imagining of a visionary. But we must go on or we will go under ... We
must have new thoughts, new ideas, new concepts. We must break out of the
straightjacket of the past. We must sufficient imagination and courage to
translate the universal wish for peace - which is rapidly becoming a
necessity - into actuality."
-General Douglas MacArthur, July 5, 1961
of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the
border?" --Pablo Casals
should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of
state and corporate power"
Mussolini (Italian dictator, 1883-1945)
we establish some form of world government, it will not be possible for us
to avert a World War III in the future." --Winston Churchill
bounces." --e.e. cummings
is an island entire of itself... Any man's death diminishes me because I am
involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell
tolls; it tolls for thee." --John Donne
not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be
fought with sticks and stones." --Albert Einstein
to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace
than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that
one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them
have it." --Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)
of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart." --Anne
part and parcel of the whole and cannot find God apart from the rest of
humanity." --Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948)
learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson: to conserve my
anger, and, as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger
controlled can be transmitted into a power which can move the world."
the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the
plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands
and pillaging the very hills?" --Kahlil Gibran, "The Voice of the Poet"
of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined non-conformists, who are
dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood. The trailblazers in human,
academic, scientific, and religious freedom have always been
non-conformists." --Martin Luther King Jr.
in strength and humility meet hate with love. Maybe in some distant Utopia,
you say, that idea will work, but not in the hard cold world in which we
live. My friends, we have followed the so called practical way for too long
a time now, and it has led inexorably to deeper confusion and chaos. Time is
cluttered with the wreckage of communities which surrendered to hatred and
violence. For the salvation of our nation and the salvation of mankind, we
must follow another way. To our most bitter opponents we say: "We shall
match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure
suffering. We shall meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what
you will, and we shall continue to love you. One day we shall win freedom,
but not only for ourselves. We shall so appeal to your heart and conscience
that we shall win you in the process, and our victory will be a double
victory." --Martin Luther King Jr.
the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day
for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity,
equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered
men have torn down, men other-centered can build up. I still believe that
one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant
over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive goodwill will proclaim the
rule of the land." --Martin Luther King Jr. --- Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance
Speech, December 10, 1964
hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go
out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty,
racism, and militarism. This call for a world-wide fellowship that lifts
neighborly concern beyond one's tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality
a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all men and women."
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
must realize that a vast majority of believers are still searching and will
continue to search for the being who is the "source of human good." Those
who seek with clear heads and sincere hearts will in some measure find. Of
course the true seeker will realize that there is no one way to find God. To
be sure, there are many possible ways of finding God." --Martin Luther King,
real sense, all life is interrelated. All men are caught in an inescapable
network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects
one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until
you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be
until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of
reality." --Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Legislation may not change the heart, but it will restrain the heartless."
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
potential beauty of human life is constantly made ugly by man's ever
recurring song of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by
the ever rising tides of revenge. Man has never risen above the injunction
of the lex talionis: "Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for
hand, foot for foot." In spite of the fact that the law of revenge solves no
social problems, men continue to follow its disastrous leading. History is
cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this
self-defeating path." --Martin Luther King, Jr.
war already carries within it the war which will answer it. Every war is
answered by a new war, until everything, everything is smashed." --Kothe
call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or
anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because
you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate
yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a
man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to
any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with
the total understanding of mankind." --J. Krishnamurti, Freedom from the
we're in a new era where the advancing tide is towards human unity, where
people all around the world want to come together. The United States is in a
position where it can lead the way towards that and it can do it in
practical ways by affirming the power of the United Nations so that the
international process makes decisions on international security." --Dennis
Kucinich, US congressman
vision of interconnectedness resonates with new networks of world citizens
in nongovernmental organizations linking from numberless centers of energy,
expressing the emergence of a new organic whole, seeking unity within and
across national lines... If governments and their leaders, bound by
hierarchy and patriarchy, wedded to military might for legitimacy, fail to
grasp the implications of an emerging world consciousness for cooperation,
for peace and for sustainability, they may become irrelevant." --Dennis
Kucinich, US congressman, "Spirit and Stardust"
is a deeper truth expressed in the unity of the United States. [I]mplicate
in the union of our country is the union of all people. [A]ll people are
essentially one. [T]he world is interconnected not only on the material
level of economics, trade, communication, and transportation, but
innerconnected through human consciousness, through the human heart, through
the heart of the world, through the simply expressed impulse and yearning to
be and to breathe free." --Dennis Kucinich, US congressman, "A Prayer for
no such thing as an inevitable war. If war comes it will be from failure of
human wisdom." --Andrew B. Law
could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each person's
life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility." --Henry Wadsworth
point out that war is only a symptom of the whole horrid business of human
behavior, and cannot be isolated. And that, even if we abolish war, we shall
not abolish hate and greed. So might it have been argued about slave
emancipation, that slavery was but one aspect of human disgustingness, and
that to abolish it would not end the barbarity that causes it. But did the
abolitionists therefore waste their breath? And do we waste ours now in
protesting against war?" --Rose Macaulay
world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my
religion." --Thomas Paine
are required to kill someone today, on the promise of a political leader
that someone else shall live in peace tomorrow, believe me, you are not only
a double murderer, you are a suicide, too." --Katherine Anne Porter
rarely win wars, governments rarely lose them. People get killed.
Governments moult and regroup, hydra-headed. They use flags first to
shrink-wrap people's minds and smother thought, and then as ceremonial
shrouds to bury their willing dead." --Arundhati Roy
things; and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say,
"Why not?"" --George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950
were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously
committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the
rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts
through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a
piece of his own heart?" --Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
explicit duality is an implicit unity." --Alan Watts
this age of wonders no one will say that a thing or idea is worthless
because it is new. To say it is impossible because it is difficult, is again
not in consonance with the spirit of this age. Things undreamt of are daily
being seen, the impossible is ever becoming possible. We are constantly
being astonished these days at the amazing discoveries in the field of
violence. But I maintain that far more undreamt of and seemingly impossible
discoveries will be made in the field of nonviolence." --
Gandhi [ posted 24 Mar 2004 ]
liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn
around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of
the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it
violates the rights of the individual." --
to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary;
the evil it does is permanent."
Mohandas K. Gandhi
should rightly be called corporatism as it is a merger of state and
way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend."
for an eye makes the whole world blind."
"Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted;
the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the
voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil
greatest purveyor of violence in the world today [is] my own government.
...For the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I
cannot be silent." Martin Luther King
"I see in
the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to
tremble for the safety of my country... Corporations have been enthroned, an
era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money-power of the
country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of
the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is
Abraham Lincoln, November, 1864
us can easily surrender our belief that society must somehow make sense. The
thought that The State has lost its mind and is punishing so many innocent
people is intolerable. And so the evidence has to be internally denied."
whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so
certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubt. " Bertrand
I am not
only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace.
Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.
enormous gap between what U.S. leaders do in the world and what Americans
think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments
of the dominant political mythology." -- Michael Parenti
not something you wish for, it's something you make, something you do,
something you are, something you give away.
Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to
make you commit injustices.
ready to kill to keep our automobiles running. We're ready to kill to keep
up our materialistic, wasteful economy...I am sick and tired of 18-year-olds
being coerced into bearing the burden of the failure of politicians to face
the tough economic choices needed to end our dependency on foreign oil.
a person stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or
strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.
And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and
daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest
walls of oppression and resistance. Few are willing to brave the disapproval
of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their
society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great
intelligence. Yet it is the one essential vital quality for those who seek
to change a world that yields most painfully to change.
Robert F. Kennedy
always talk of dying for their country, and never of killing for their
who makes a profit from war, and I'll show you how to stop the war.
the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will
vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
Thomas Jefferson, 1816
spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds
never understand totalitarianism if we do not understand that people rarely
have the strength to be uncommon...
would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness
can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve
neither liberty nor safety.
only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a
dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which
our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.
greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the
widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the
chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it.
Edward Dowling (1941)
ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and
convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King
the only Patriot. He sets himself apart in his own country, under his own
flag, and sneers at the other nations, and keeps multitudinous uniformed
assassins on hand at heavy expense to grab slices of other people's
countries, and keep them from grabbing slices of his. And in the intervals
between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands and works for "the
universal brotherhood of man" - with his mouth.
democracy is so good, why do we have to go to other countries and try to jam
it down their throats with a gun? Stay here and make democracy work. If it's
good you don't have to force it on others, they'll steal it.
simplest meaning of the nuclear arms race is that the world's most powerful
nations are prepared to commit mass murder.
Jim Wallis, Sojourners
these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they
are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among
these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these
rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers
from the consent of the governed; that, whenever any form of government
becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or
to abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on
such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall
seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness...than to right
themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed...it is
their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide
new guards for their future security.
Declaration of Independence
dare to think 'unthinkable' thoughts. We must learn to explore all the
options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing
world. We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We
must dare to think about 'unthinkable' things because when things become
unthinkable, thinking stops and action becomes mindless.
James William Fulbright
beginning of thought is in disagreement - not only with others but also with
do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious
Quoted in Sam J. Ervin, Jr., Protecting the Constitution Michie, 1984
One has a
moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
environmental setting developed over millions of years must be considered to
have some merit. Anything so complicated as a planet, inhabited by more than
a million and a half species of plants and animals, all of them living
together in a more or less balanced equilibrium in which they continually
use and reuse the same molecules of the soil and air, cannot be improved by
aimless and uninformed tinkering.
E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful
ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting
the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it
multiplies it. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder
hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate...Returning violence for
violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already
devoid of starts. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do
Martin Luther King, Jr.
individual is necessary to spread the leavening influence of [non-violence]
in an office, school, institution or country.
power of love overcomes the love of power, then there will be true peace.
Sri Chin Moi Gosh
nonviolence, the masses have a weapon which enables a child, a woman, or
even a decrepit old man to resist the mightiest government successfully. If
your spirit is strong, mere lack of physical strength ceases to be a
often wondered what I would have done if I were a German in the '40s
watching the boxcars of people pass through my town. Would I have left it to
someone else to step forward, to raise the question, to try to stop the
well be that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition is not
the glaring noisiness of the so-called bad people, but the appalling silence
of the so- called good people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run
of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.
act as if what I do makes a difference.
stands for nothing will fall for anything.
the times for real choices and not false ones. We are at the moment when our
lives must be placed on the line if our nation is to survive its own folly.
Everyone of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits
his convictions, but we all must protest.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I know of
no safe repository of the ultimate power of society but people. And if we
think them not enlightened enough, the remedy is not to take the power from
them, but to inform them by education.
wondered why somebody didn't do something for peace...Then I realized that I
Americans are forcing even their friends into becoming their enemies. It is
curious that the Americans, who calculate so carefully on the possibilities
of military victory, do not realize that in the process they are incurring
deep psychological and political defeat. The image of America will never
again be the image of revolution, freedom, and democracy, but the image of
violence and militarism.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a
patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both
emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind...And when the drums of war
have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has
closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry.
Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded with patriotism, will
offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know?
For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar"
William Shakespeare apparently did not write this, the author is unknown
weeks time the sheeplike masses of any country can be worked up by the
newspapers into such a state of excited fury that men are prepared to put on
uniforms and kill and be killed for the sake of the sordid ends of a few
love peace must learn to organize as well as those who love war.
- Dr. Martin Luther King
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