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The insect has no more freedom from its hive than we have freedom from our past.
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[quote][i][b]Watch your thoughts, they become words;
Watch your words, they become actions;
Watch your actions, they become habits;
Watch your habits, they become character;
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.[/b][/i][/quote]


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[quote][b]Some things aren’t like the gravity or the law of thermo-dynamics; [u]they don’t have to happen.[/u] [u]They happen only if people are stupid enough to allow them to happen.[/u] Here, on this island, we haven’t allowed them to happen, so the “cosmic joke” hasn’t been played on us. We’ve had good sanitation for the best part of the century-and still we’r not overcrowded, we’re not miserable, we’re not under dictatorship.

And the reason is simple: [u]“We chose to behave in a sensible and realistic way.”[/u]

Me as I think I am and me as I am in fact – sorrow, in other words, and the ending of sorrow. [u]One third, more or less, of all the sorrow of that person I think I am must endure is unavoidable. It is the sorrow inherent in the human condition, the price we must pay for being sentient and self-conscious organisms,[/u] aspirants of liberation, but subjects of the laws of nature and under orders to keep on marching, through irreversible time, through world wholly indifferent to our well-being, towards decrepitude and certainty of death. [u]The remaining two thirds of all sorrow is home-made, and so far as the universe is concerned, unnecessary.[/u][/b]

- Aldous Huxley,[i] Island[/i][/quote]


[quote][b]The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.[/b]

- Antonio Gramsci,[i] Prison Notebooks vol II[/i]

[i]Other interpretation:[/i] [b]The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.[/b]

- Slavoj Žižek,[i] taken from a flawed french translation of the same passage in Prison Notebooks vol II by Gramsci[/i] [/quote]


[quote][b]This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.[/b]

- Plato,[i] The Republic[/i][/quote]


[quote][b]How we live is so different from how we ought to live that he who studies what ought to be done rather than what is done will learn the way to his downfall rather than to his preservation.[/b]

- Niccolo Machiavelli,[i] The Prince[/i]
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[quote][b]The concept of humanity is an especially useful ideological instrument of imperialist expansion, and in its ethical-humanitarian form it is a specific vehicle of economic imperialism. Here one is reminded of a somewhat modified expression of Proudhon’s: whoever invokes humanity wants to cheat. To confiscate the word humanity, to invoke and monopolize such a term probably has certain incalculable effects, such as denying the enemy the quality of being human and declaring him to be an outlaw of humanity; and a war can thereby be driven to the most extreme inhumanity.[/b]

- Carl Schmitt,[i] The concept of the political[/i][/quote]


[quote][b]“The masses have never thirsted after truth. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.”[/b]

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[b]“One of the most constant characteristics of beliefs is their intolerance. The stronger the belief, the greater its intolerance. Men dominated by a certitude cannot tolerate those who do not accept it.”[/b]

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[b]“A crowd is not merely impulsive and mobile. Like a savage, it is not prepared to admit that anything can come between its desire and the realisation of its desire.”[/b]

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[b]“The images evoked by words being independent of their sense, they vary from age to age and from people to people, the formulas remaining identical. Certain transitory images are attached to certain words: the word is merely as it were the button of an electric bell that calls them up.”[/b]

- Gustave Le Bon, [i]The Crowd: A study of the popular mind[/i][/quote]

[quote][b]The lesson is clear: estimates of causes of death are warped by media coverage. The coverage is itself biased toward novelty and poignancy. [u]The media do not just shape what the public is interested in but are also shaped by it.[/u] Editors cannot ignore the public's demands that certain toppics and vieuwpoints receive extensive coverage. Unusual events (...) attract disproportionate attention and are consequently perceived as less unusual than they really are. [u]The world in our heads is not a precise replica of reality[/u]; our expectations about the frequency of events are distorted by the prevalence and emotional intensity of the messages to which we are exposed."[/b]

- Daniel Kahneman, [i]Thinking, Fast and slow[/i][/quote]


[quote][b]I am a man and what I have to recapture is the whole past of the world, I am not responsible only for the slavery involved in Santo Domingo, every time man has contributed to the victory of the dignity of the spirit, every time a man has said no to an attempt to subjugate his fellows, I have felt solidarity with his act. In no way does my basic vocation have to be drawn from the past of peoples of color. In no way do I have to dedicate myself to reviving some black civilization unjustly ignored. I will not make myself the man of any past. My black skin is not a repository for specific values. Haven’t I got better things to do on this earth than avenge the blacks of the 17th century?

I as a man of color do not have the right to hope that in the white man there will be a crystallization of guilt towards the past of my race. I as a man of color do not have the right of stamping down the pride of my former master. I have neither the right nor the duty to demand reparations for my subjugated ancestors. There is no black mission. There is no white burden. I do not want to be victim to the rules of a black world. Am I going to ask this white man to answer for the slave traders of the 17th century? Am I going to try by every means available to cause guilt to burgeon in their souls? I am not a slave to slavery that dehumanized my ancestors. It would be of enormous interest to discover a black literature or architecture from the 3rd century B.C, we would be overjoyed to learn of the existence of a correspondence between some black philosopher and Plato, but we can absolutely not see how this fact would change the lives of 8 year old kids working the cane fields of Martinique or Guadeloupe. I find myself in the world and I recognize I have one right alone: of demanding human behavior from the other.[/b]

- Frantz Fannon,[i] Black Skin White Masks[/i] [/quote]


[quote][b]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. Like Feuerbach's critique of religion, our whole aim can only be to translate religious and political problems into their self-conscious human form.

Our programme must be: the reform of consciousness not through dogmas but by analyzing mystical consciousness obscure to itself, whether it appear in religious or political form. It will then become plain that the world has long since dreamed of something of which it needs only to become conscious for it to possess it in reality. It will then become plain that our task is not to draw a sharp mental line between past and future, but to complete the thought of the past. Lastly, it will becomes plain that mankind will not begin any new work, but will consciously bring about the completion of its old work.

We are therefore in a position to sum up the credo of our journal in a single word: the self-clarification (critical philosophy) of the struggles and wishes of the age. This is a task for the world and for us. It can succeed only as the product of united efforts. What is needed above all is a confession, and nothing more than that. To obtain forgiveness for its sins, mankind needs only to declare them for what they are.[/b]

- Karl Marx,[i] Letter to Arnold Ruge[/i][/quote]


[quote][b]The foundation of irreligious criticism is: Man makes religion, religion does not make man. Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man – state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world. Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopaedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point d’honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion.

Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.

The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.

Criticism has plucked the imaginary flowers on the chain not in order that man shall continue to bear that chain without fantasy or consolation, but so that he shall throw off the chain and pluck the living flower. The criticism of religion disillusions man, so that he will think, act, and fashion his reality like a man who has discarded his illusions and regained his senses, so that he will move around himself as his own true Sun. Religion is only the illusory Sun which revolves around man as long as he does not revolve around himself.[/b]

- Karl Marx,[i] A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right (Introduction)[/i][/quote]


[quote] [b]“The mistakes (of leaders) are amplified by the numbers who follow them without question. Charismatic leaders tend to build up followings, power structures and these power structures tend to be taken over by people who are corruptible. I don’t think that the old saw about ‘power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’ is accurate: I think power attracts the corruptible.”[/b] [...] [b]“I wrote the Dune Saga because I had this idea that charismatic leaders ought to come with a warning label, ‘may be dangerous to your health'”[/b]

- Frank Herbert,[i] Forword to Dune[/i][/quote]


[quote] [b]I conceived of a long novel, the whole trilogy as one book about the messianic convulsions that periodically overtake us. Demagogues, fanatics, con-game artists, the innocent and the not-so-innocent bystanders-all were to have a part in the drama. This grows from my theory that superheroes are disastrous for humankind. Even if we find a real hero (whatever-or whoever-that may be), eventually fallible mortals take over the power structure that always comes into being around such a leader. Personal observation has convinced me that in the power area of politics/economics and in their logical consequence, war, people tend to give over every decision-making capacity to any leader who can wrap himself in the myth fabric of the society. Hitler did it. Churchill did it. Franklin Roosevelt did it. Stalin did it. Mussolini did it.

This, then, was one of my themes for Dune: Don't give over all of your critical faculties to people in power, no matter how admirable those people may appear to be. Beneath the hero's facade you will find a human being who makes human mistakes. Enormous problems arise when human
mistakes are made on the grand scale available to a superhero. And sometimes you run into another problem. It is demonstrable that power structures tend to attract people who want power for the sake of power and that a significant proportion of such people are imbalanced-in a word, insane. That was the beginning. Heroes are painful, superheroes are a catastrophe. The mistakes of superheroes involve too many of us in disaster.

It is the systems themselves that I see as dangerous Systematic is a deadly word. Systems originate with human creators, with people who employ them. Systems take over and grind on and on. They are like a flood tide that picks up everything in its path[/b]

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[b]I now believe that evolution, or deevolution, never ends short of death, that no society has ever achieved an absolute pinnacle, that all humans are not created equal. In fact, I believe attempts to create some abstract equalization create a morass of injustices that rebound on the equalizers. Equal justice and equal opportunity are ideals we should seek, but we should recognize that humans administer the ideals and that humans do not have equal ability.[/b]

- Frank Herbert,[i] Dune Genesis[/i][/quote]


[quote][b]I must not fear. [u]Fear is the mind-killer.[/u] Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.[/b]

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[b]Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.[/b]

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[b]Let him sweat a little, the Baron thought. One must always keep the tools of statecraft sharp and ready. Power and fear--sharp and ready.[/b]

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[b]Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.[/b]

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[b]When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movements become headlong - faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thoughts of obstacles and forget the precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it's too late[/b]

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[b]Belief can be manipulated. Only knowledge is dangerous.[/b]

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[b]It is impossible to live in the past, difficult to live in the present and a waste to live in the future.[/b]

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[b]But it's well known that repression makes a religion flourish.[/b]

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[b]Nature does not make mistakes. Right and wrong are human categories.[/b]

- Frank Herbert,[i] Dune[/i][/quote]


[quote][b]“You produce a deadly paradox,” Jessica had written. “Government cannot be religious and self-assertive at the same time. Religious experience needs a spontaneity which laws inevitably suppress. And you cannot govern without laws. Your laws eventually must replace morality, replace conscience, replace even the religion by which you think to govern. Sacred ritual must spring from praise and holy yearnings which hammer out a significant morality. Government, on the other hand, is a cultural organism particularly attractive to doubts, questions and contentions. I see the day coming when ceremony must take the place of faith and symbolism replaces morality.”[/b]

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[b]“Constitutions become the ultimate tyranny," Paul said. "They’re organized power on such a scale as to be overwhelming. The constitution is social power mobilized and it has no conscience. It can crush the highest and the lowest, removing all dignity and individuality. It has an unstable balance point and no limitations.”[/b]

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[b]If you need something to worship, then worship life - all life, every last crawling bit of it! We're all in this beauty together![/b]

- Frank Herbert,[i] Dune Messiah[/i][/quote]


[quote][b]Good governance never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders.[/b]

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[b]The life of a single human, as the life of a family or an entire people, persists as memory. My people must come to see this as part of their maturing process. They are people as organism, and in this persistent memory they store more and more experiences in a subliminal reservoir. Humankind hopes to call upon this material if it is needed for a changing universe. But much that is stored can be lost in that chance play of accident which we call "fate." Much may not be integrated into evolutionary relationships, and thus may not be evaluated and keyed into activity by those ongoing environmental changes which inflict themselves upon flesh. The species can forget![/b]

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[b]Most deadly errors arise from obsolete assumptions.[/b]

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[b]The purpose of argument is to change the nature of truth.[/b]

- Frank Herbert,[i] Children of Dune[/i][/quote]


[quote][b]The patterns, ahhh, the patterns Liberal bigots are the ones who trouble me most. I distrust the extremes. Scratch a conservative and you find someone who prefers the past over any future. Scratch a liberal and find a closet aristocrat. It's true! Liberal governments always develop into aristocracies The bureaucracies betray the true intent of people who form such governments. Right from the first, the little people who formed the governments which promised to equalize the social burdens found themselves suddenly in the hands of bureaucratic aristocracies. Of course, all bureaucracies follow this pattern. but what a hypocrisy to find this even under a communized banner Ahhh, well, if patterns teach me anything it's that patterns are repeated.[/b]

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[b]The insect has no more freedom from its hive than we have freedom from our past.[/b]

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[b]This wise man observed that wealth is a tool of freedom. But the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery.[/b]

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[b]Most civilisation is based on cowardice. It's so easy to civilize by teaching cowardice. You water down the standards which would lead to bravery. You restrain the will. You regulate the appetites. You fence in the horizons. You make a law for every movement. You deny the existence of chaos. You teach even the children to breathe slowly. You tame.[/b]

- Frank Herbert,[i] God Emperor of Dune[/i][/quote]


[quote][b]Bureaucracy destroys initiative. There is little that bureaucrats hate more than innovation, especially innovation that produces better results than the old routines. Improvements always make those at the top of the heap look inept. Who enjoys appearing inept?[/b]

- Frank Herbert,[i] Heretics of Dune[/i][/quote]


[quote][b]We agree. [i]Democracy is[/i] demagogue-prone. That's a disease to which electoral systems are vulnerable. Yet demagogues are easy to identify. They gesture a lot and speak with pulpit rhythms, using words that ring of religious fervor and godfearing sincerity.[/b]

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[b]Democracy is susceptible to being led astray by having scapegoats paraded in front of the electorate. Get the rich, the greedy, the criminals, the stupid leader and so on ad nauseam.[/b]

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[b]Power attracts the corruptible. Suspect any who seek it[/b]

- Frank Herbert,[i] Chapterhouse Dune[/i][/quote]



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