Connexions Quotations

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Governments Quotes



All governments lie.
- I.F. Stone


As far as American business is concerned, Nicaragua could disappear and nobody would notice. The same is true of El Salvador. But both have been subjected to murderous assaults by the US, at a cost of hundreds of thousands of lives and many billions of dollars. There’s a reason for that. The weaker and poorer a country is, the more dangerous it is as an example. If a tiny poor country like Grenada can succeed in bringing about a better life for its people, some other place that has more resources will ask, ‘why not us?’
- Noam Chomsky


Free trade is fine for economics departments and newspaper editorials, but nobody in the corporate world or the government takes the doctrines seriously. The parts of the U.S. economy that are able to compete internationally are primarily the state-subsidized ones: capital-intensive agriculture (agribusiness, as it’s called), high-tech industry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, etc.
- Noam Chomsky


Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
- Thomas Paine


How can a government, entrusted with the safety and health of its people, conscientiously barter away in the name of an economic idea that people’s ability to feed itself? And if people lose their ability to feed themselves, how can they be said to be free?
- Wendell Berry


If you want to privatize something and destroy it, a standard method is first to defund it, so it doesn’t work anymore, people get upset and accept privatization. This is happening in the schools. They are defunded, so they don’t work well. So people accept a form of privatization just to get out of the mess.
- Noam Chomsky


In this country too, policy is insulated from politics. People can have their opinions; they can even vote if they like. But the policy goes on its merry way, determined by other forces. What the public wants is called ‘politically unrealistic.’ Translated into English, that means the major centers of power and privilege are opposed to it.
- Noam Chomsky


Nine-tenths of the activities of a modern Government are harmful; therefore the worse they are performed, the better.
- Bertrand Russell


The tragedy of the people of Palestine is that their country was "given" by a foreign power to another people for the creation of a new state. The result was that many hundreds of thousands of innocent people were made permanently homeless. With every new conflict their numbers increased. How much longer is the world willing to endure this spectacle of wanton cruelty? It is abundantly clear that the refugees have every right to the homeland from which they were driven, and the denial of this right is at the heart of the continuing conflict. No people anywhere in the world would accept being expelled en masse from their country; how can anyone require the people of Palestine to accept a punishment which nobody else would tolerate? A permanent just settlement of the refugees in their homeland is an essential ingredient of any genuine settlement in the Middle East.
- Bertrand Russell


We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
- Aesop


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