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Olbermann in '08
Well, actually, we need him more as an independent journalist. If you are not following his special commentary series then you deserve to be spied on, lied to, and terrified of 'the post-9/11' world. (OK, no one deserves those things, but if you aren't watching Countdown you are likely to think those things are in your best interest.)
The latest is another gem:
There is tonight no political division in this country that he and his party will not exploit, nor have not exploited; no anxiety that he and his party will not inflame.
There is no line this President has not crossed — nor will not cross — to keep one political party, in power.
The comparison to the pro-slavery forces is apt. They did anything and everything to exploit racism and fear to silence all dissent on the issue and, in doing so, keep pro-slavery advocates in the White House.
The political tide will turn, just as it did in the nineteenth century. Americans will wake up and realize they've been had by greedy, cynical, incompetent partisans. Just as Abolitionists won their day with reasoned arguments and appeals to what makes us decent, so too will Progressives now. The bigotry and the fear will not last forever.
The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life. Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth. -- IWW
In a democracy it is necessary that people should learn to endure having their sentiments outraged. -- Bertrand Russell
Let us strangle the last king with the entrails of the last priest. -- Denis Diderot
It's not that no one sees the straight line to Doomtown we've been on since Reagan, it's that there's big profits in it. The most superficially Christian and Other-Worldly-Yearning nation in the developed world is the one most likely to kill you for your shoes. -- Doghouse Riley
The true purpose of education is to try to foster in students a kind of critical cosmopolitanism, such that they learn, among other things, to question any notion that one’s nation or tribe is favored by God or destiny. -- Michael Bérubé
It is not enough to decry the existence of the Spectacle. We intend to use both art and theory as a battering ram against Capitalism and its false opposition, tribalism, in all of its mystical forms. We believe it is possible to move beyond the inexcusable savagery of everyday life. -- The Anti-Naturals
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