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Diligent and Unprotesting

Excerpted from the essay The Oz Books by Gore Vidal, ©1976: Essentially, our educators are Puritans who want to uphold the Puritan work ethic.  This is done by bringing up American children in such a way that they will take their place in society as diligent workers and unprotesting consumers.  Any sort of literature that …

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Dreamers

“Show us a dreaming boy (or girl) at home with a book, and we will show you a potential troublemaker.”  ~Gore Vidal

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Dystopia

Excerpted from The Guardian’s article, ‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia : “The technologies we use have turned into compulsions, if not full-fledged addictions,” (Nir) Eyal writes. “It’s the impulse to check a message notification. It’s the pull to visit YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter for just a few …

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It’s time

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Meh.

The first time the Klan came to our town, they were met with several hundred counter-protesters and people who just came to watch the show. They raged and shouted, and they all got their pictures in the paper. It was quite a ruckus. But the second time they came, nobody much cared. They assembled on …

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“They can easily control that.”

“In a world that wants us to be angry, bitter, selfish and vile, I realized that the truest form of rebellion is uncompromising righteousness. In this day and age, I believe that a true rebel does not run the streets with a weapon yelling stuff. True rebels live the life they believe is right, no …

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Revolution

“Let us not be afraid to say it: we want change, real change, structural change.”  ~Pope Francis (source) ••• “You say you want a revolution?   Well, you know, we’d all love to see the plan.”  ~Lennon/McCartney (source)  

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Optimism

“Optimism is a political act. Those who benefit from the status quo are perfectly happy for us to think nothing is going to get any better. In fact, these days, cynicism is obedience.”  ~Alex Steffen, The Bright Green City

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Opiating the Masses

The ruling classes have done a fantastic job of keeping us just entertained enough to stave off a revolution.  About the time we realize that our crummy government has given us crummy jobs with crummy wages and crummy benefits and crummy health care, we’re distracted by a little gadget in our pocket that dings and …

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Incredibly

This is a little desktop I made a long, long time ago- back when screens were still 1024 x 768.

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Amuse and Entertain

“If a radical political alternative is not opened up, then I think we are essentially going to amuse and entertain ourselves into extinction.  Business as usual at this point is a death sentence on the human race.”  ~Terence McKenna

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Abbie Hoffman

I used to keep Abbie Hoffman quotes in a text-file as I came across them, and below is the collection I found on a backup disk.   ABBIE HOFFMAN QUOTES A modern revolutionary group heads for the television station. Avoid all needle drugs, the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon. I believe in compulsory …

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