Scraps of fascination are the building blocks of an interesting life.
"Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusetts? And can history produce an instance of rebellion so honourably conducted? I say nothing of it’s motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, & always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty."
- Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to William S. Smith. Paris, Nov. 13, 1787. It’s interesting to note that Jefferson was President 20 years after the revolution (and this letter, both) and made no such calls for rebellion, and instead took more interest in trying to repair misconceptions from newspapers, as he saw them.
"A million years ago, the cave man, without tools, with small brain, and with nothing but the strength of his body, managed to feed his wife and children, so that through him the race survived. You on the other hand, armed with all the modern means of production, multiplying the productive capacity of the cave man a million times—you are incompetents and muddlers, you are unable to secure to millions even the paltry amount of bread that would sustain their physical life. You have mismanaged the world, and it shall be taken from you."
“And maybe officials are right to be afraid [to take tough action], given the massive size of the banks in question relative to the economy. In fact, those banks are bigger now than they were before the crisis, and, as James Kwak and I documented at length in our book 13 Bankers, they are much larger than they were 20 years ago.”
“The press never shows you photos like this. To the world, the press reveals young masked people in black confronting riot police. To the rest of us, we see drums, and banners, people of all ages, races, ethnicities and sexual orientations, bicyclists, roller boarders, flag wavers, chant leaders, those who bang on drums and those (like me) whose eardrums like to stay far enough away from them.”
This is amazing stuff. The sergeant seems genuinely surprised that NDAA passed. He also seems genuinely surprised when the protestors tell him what some of his officers had done not an hour earlier. Maybe there is hope.
This is exactly how interactions between any protester and police officers should be held. Even the Sergeant was worried when these people saw the riot cops moving in, the officer reassured them that they were having a civil conversation (“Hehehe I’m talking with ya!”) Awesome video.
"Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street and for Wall Street…. Our laws are the output of a system which clothes rascals in robes and honesty in rags…. the politicians said we suffered from overproduction. Overproduction, when 10,000 little children . .. starve to death every year in the U.S. and over 100,000 shop girls in New York are forced to sell their virtue for bread."
- Mary Ellen Lease, lecturer, writer, activist. From a speech given in Topeka, Kansas, 1890.