Anti-Fascist Playbook: Truth Sayers, Saying Truths Saying by sayings, sayers, which hold truth, consequences and other such unmundane realities. Truth in humor.
Sayers, Saying, SayingsEvery dictator has climbed a paradox to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own. Herbert Clark Hoover In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith. J. William Fulbright Realities of science or faith do not change because some people do not believe them. Professor Emeritus Pete Bagnolo Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom: it is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. William Pitt Morality does not change because a government mandates it. Professor Emeritus Pete Bagnolo A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves. Henry de Jouvene l A true prophet is the one least certified or acceptable by church, state, government, media and "proper" people. Professor Emeritus Peter Bagnolo Although they make up the tiniest percentage of individuals that ever lived, if you count all the: (A)- Kings, President's, Emperors, Chiefs, Popes, Priests, ministers, Mullah's, Rabbi's, and Rich people, who ever lived and then all the: (B)-Prostitutes, pornographers, drunks, loose women, adulterers, gluttons, and polygamists, the (A's) in Hell would by far outnumber the (B's). Professor Emeritus Peter Bagnolo There are more fools in hell, than priests, there are more priests in hell than ministers, more ministers, more Mullah's than Rabbis, more administrators than Rabbi's, more kings, than ministers, more emperors than Kings, more kings than Presidents, and more presidents in hell than fools. Professor Emeritus Peter Bagnolo Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want rain without thunder and lightning. Frederick Douglass The coward prefers security and the guarantee of safe borders, to freedom and gets in return the terror of the early morning doorbell. The courageous trade the security and safety of the border, for the assurance that the only early AM doorbell ringer is a UPS delivery from Amazon.com Professor Emeritus Pete Bagnolo They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people. Giordano Bruno Only a coward wishes to strike fear into others. Only a sadistic coward approves of and authorizes torture. Professor Emeritus Pete Bagnolo The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion. Edmund Burke ProfessorEmeritus Peter Bagnolo: A democracy becomes extinct when enough contractors realize that they can vote themselves huge contracts out of the Treasury. It becomes exinct exponentially faster, when they are Declared: "Uniquely Qualified No-Bid Contractors!
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. Edward Abbey The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy; the best weapon of a democracy is openness. Edvard Teller He who strikes terror into others is himself in continual fear. Claudian The wild, cruel beast is not behind the bars of the cage. He is in front of it. Axel Munthe So easily do weak men put in high positions turn villains. Dmitry Pisarev A fool is very dangerous when in power. Denis Fonvizin Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter. African proverb A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular. Adlai Ewing Stevenson There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. Elie Wiesel It's dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. Frederick Douglass Tyrannical Governments are elected by those who fail to vote. In 2000 & 2004 60% of single, adult, women did not vote. Professor Emeritus Pete Bagnolo Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. Groucho Marx The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be lead to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. Firmness in decision is often merely a form of stupidity. It indicates an inability to think the same thing out twice. In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for. As for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.
That government is best which governs least. Henry David ThoreauThose who suppress freedom always do so in the name of law and order. John V. Lindsay We'd all like to vote for the best man but he's never a candidate. Kin Hubbard Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right. Laurens van der Post Governments need armies to protect them from their enslaved and oppressed subjects. Lev Tolstoy An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Mahatma Gandhi There is no reason to believe that there is one law for families and another for nations. Mahatma Gandhi Nonviolence is not a weapon of the weak. It is a weapon of the strongest and bravest. Mahatma Gandhi I see neither bravery nor sacrifice in destroying life or property, for offense or defense. Mahatma Gandhi To answer brutality with brutality is to admit one's moral and intellectual bankruptcy. Mahatma Gandhi Democracy and violence can ill go together. Mahatma Gandhi Any law, which violates the indefeasible rights of man, is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all. Maximilien Robespierre Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers. Mignon McLaughlin It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do. Moliere Who's more foolish: the fool, or the fool who follows him? Obi Wan Kenobi An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and fatal ailment of all republics. Plato Justice will only exist where those not affected by injustice are filled with the same amount of indignation as those offended. Plato When the cowardly tyrant has disposed of and thoroughly defeated foreign enemies, he will then turn his wrath upon his own nation. He will make illegality legal; he will provoke people as long as he does not have to face them in fair man-to-man battle, himself. Professor Emeritus Pete Bagnolo The coward fears speaking before a crowd of undefined voters, he must always control make-up of those with whom he speaks. Professor Emeritus Pete Bagnolo The greatest fallacy of democracy is that everyone's opinion is worth the same. Robert Anson Heinlein Violence is the last resource of the incompetent. Salvor Hardin He that accepts protection stipulates obedience. Samuel Johnson The more corrupt the state, the numerous the laws. Tacitus It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting. Tom Stoppard The right to be respected is won by respecting others. Vassily Sukhomlinsky A great many laws in a country, like many physicians, is a sign of malady. Voltaire Political elections do not choose leaders of society. Rather, they are an exercise in which groups of people choose individuals who will assist them in looting other groups of individuals. William Anderson Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom: it is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. William Pitt