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“Government is reading your mail, and the Intelligence Services are reading the Government's mail. Who is in charge?" in Nelson McAvoy's Coded Messages: How the NSA and CIA Hoodwink Congress and the People


"The reform of consciousness consists entirely in making the world aware of its own consciousness, in arousing it from its dream of itself, in explaining its own actions to it."  —  Karl Marx, letter to Arnold Ruge, 1843, in Wilber W. Caldwell's 1968 — Dreams of Revolution


“Americans cling to the myth of individualism as though it were the only normal way to live, unaware that it was unknown in the Middle Ages ... and would have been considered psychotic in classical Greece." —  Rollo May, in Gordon Moss's The Dawning Age of Cooperation 


French President Mitterand observed that one loses reality if he is not in the company of his books." —  in Terry Reed's Book of Fools 


Now, get 7,500,000 votes to declare that 2 plus 2 = 5, that the straight line is the longest road, that the whole is less than its part; get it declared by 8 million, by 10 million, by 100 million votes, you will not have advanced a step. Well, then, now you are going to be surprised. There are axioms in probity, in honesty, in justice, as there are axioms in geometry; and the truths of morality are no more at the mercy of a vote than are the truths of algebra. The notion of good and evil cannot be resolved by universal suffrage. It is not given to a ballot to make the false become the true and the unjust the just. The human conscience cannot be put to the vote.”  — Victor Hugo


“...free intelligence, a type hated with equal hatred by all the smelly little orthodoxies which are now contending for our souls.”  — George Orwell


“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”  — Charles de Montesquieu


"I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.”
 — Alexis de Tocqueville


Now watch what you say,
Or they’ll be calling you a liberal,
A radical, oh fanatical, criminal…
— Supertramp, “The Logical Song,” in Monte Pearson's Perils of Empire 

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