We must be the change we wish to see in the world."
"The people will believe what the media tells them they believe."
"What is the hardest task in the world? To think."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government."
"Paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving
Hugo Black, Supreme Court Justice
"It is true that you may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time;
but you can't fool all of the people all of the time."
"The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing
is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors."
"Although tyranny, because it needs no consent, may successfully rule over foreign peoples, it can stay in power only
if it destroys first of all the national institutions of its own people."
Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951)
" The news and truth are not the same thing. "
"This [the U.S. Constitution] is likely to be administered for a course of years and then end in despotism... when the
people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other."
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed
"Those who own the country ought to govern it."
John Jay, first chief justice of the United States, 1787
"Democracy is not about trust; it is about distrust. It is about accountability, exposure, open debate, critical challenge,
and popular input and feedback from the citizenry. It is about responsible government. We have to get our fellow Americans
to trust their leaders less and themselves more, trust their own questions and suspicions, and their own desire to know what
is going on."
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing
that ever has."
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Benjamin Franklin, 1759
"No form of government, once in power, can be trusted to limit its own ambition, to extend freedom and to wither away.
This means that it is up to the citizenry, those outside of power, to engage in permanent combat with the state, short of
violent, escalatory revolution, but beyond the gentility of the ballot-box, to insure justice, freedom and well being."
Howard Zinn, on the need for dissent and non-violent protest
" When everyone is thinking the same, no one is thinking."