"Every war results from the struggle for markets and spheres of influence, and every war is sold to the public by professional liars and totally sincere religious maniacs, as a Holy Crusade to save God and Goodness from Satan and Evil."
—Cosmic Trigger II: Down to Earth, 1991
"All governments, the worst on earth and the most tyrannical on earth, are free governments to that portion of the people who voluntarily support them."
—An Essay on the Trial by Jury, 1852
"If those in charge of our society — politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television — can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves."
—Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology, 1991
"The most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable institutions: kings and princes, priestly castes, military juntas, party dictatorships, or modern corporations."
—Z Magazine, 1998
"It is difficult to find a reputable American historian who will acknowledge the crude fact that a Franklin Roosevelt, say, wanted to be President merely to wield power, to be famed and to be feared. To learn this simple fact one must wade through a sea of evasions: history as sociology, leaders as teachers, bland benevolence as a motive force, when, finally, power is an end to itself, and the instinctive urge to prevail the most important single human trait, the necessary force without which no city was built, no city destroyed."
—Robert Graves and the Twelve Caesars, 1959
"Power never takes a back step — only in the face of more power."
—Malcolm X Speaks, 1965
"All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable."
—On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, 1849
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."
—Letter to Colonel William S. Smith, 1787
"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated."
—The American Crisis, December 23, 1776
"Anarchy stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion; the liberation of the human body from the dominion of property; liberation from the shackles and restraints of government."
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