Saturday, February 19, 2011

Quotes for the day

He who does not know the truth is only a fool. He who knows the truth and calls it a lie is a criminal. -- Bertold Brecht, in The Life of Galileo

We know, of course, there is really no such thing as the 'voiceless.' There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard. -- Arundhati Roy, in 'Peace and the New Corporate Liberation Theology'

Politically motivated violence is always preceded by a 'period of slander, innuendo, or rumour mongering that is meant to legitimize the actions that follow'... The underlying aim of hate propaganda is 'fostering suspicion against democratic society, democratic institutions and democracy itself.' -- Paul Wilson on Stieg Larsson: 'The Archivist,' in The Walrus

But listen to what they're really saying when they shout about 'privatize public broadcasting!' They're saying we should not have access to information unless it's served through the filters of ideologues and corporations, a claim worthy of Orwell. -- Karoli, at Crooks & Liars

George Orwell had warned six decades ago that the corrosion of language goes hand in hand with the corruption of democracy. If he were around today, he would remind us that 'like the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket,' this kind of propaganda engenders a 'protective stupidity' almost impossible for facts to penetrate. -- Bill Moyers, 'Facts still matter'