“My philosophy says that nothing is really dead. Not even a stone is dead. As i see it there are constant cycles in nature in which a hundred per cent justice rules and there is only absolute perfection. From this i derive the moral attitude that people cannot run away from anything and must accept responsibility for their whole life, with every step. This applies for everyone, irrespective of their religion or status.”—Sepp Holzer ‘The Rebel Farmer’ (via intheflowersss)
“A collection of selfish agents attempting to maximize utility which in the process produces a self-correcting spontaneous order more elaborate and efficient than any amount of central planning could have achieved.”—Eric Raymond, in The Cathedral and the Bazaar (via alexandreaquiles)
“In 1962, it was announced that U.S. planes were bombing South Vietnam—there was no protest. The United States used chemical warfare to destroy food crops and drive millions of people into “strategic hamlets,” essentially concentration camps. All of this was public, but there was no protest; it was impossible to get anybody to talk about it. Even in a liberal city like Boston, you couldn’t have public meetings against the war because they would be broken up by students, with the support of the media. You would have to have hundreds of state police around to allow speakers like me to escape unscathed. The protests came only after years and years of war. By then, hundreds of thousands of people had been killed and much of Vietnam had been destroyed.
But all of that is erased from history, because it tells too much of the truth, which is that it took years and years of hard work by plenty of people, mostly young, to build a protest movement. But the New York Times reporter can’t understand that. I’m sure she’s being and saying exactly what she was taught, that there was a huge antiwar movement and now it’s gone. The actual history can’t be acknowledged. You aren’t supposed to learn that dedicated, committed effort can bring about significant changes of consciousness and understanding. That’s a very dangerous idea, and therefore it’s been wiped out of history.”—Noam Chomsky, Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World (via jpegartifacts)
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