Thursday, 10 January 2013

Tyranny and Oppression


“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”
Aung San Suu Kyi, Freedom from Fear

1.“In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People." 
(Canton, OH, Anti-War Speech, June 16, 1918)”
Eugene Victor Debs, Voices of a People's History of the United States  


2.“The oppressors do not favor promoting the community as a whole, but rather selected leaders.”
Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed





3.“Voldemort himself created his worst enemy, just as tyrants everywhere do! Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one who rises against them and strikes back!”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

4.“The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.”
Karl Marx

5.“Do remember, though, that sometimes the people you oppress become mightier than you would like.”
Veronica Roth, Insurgent


6.“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark


 
7."Let them eat cake." - Marie Antoinette


8.“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Robert F. Kennedy

9.“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”

Aung San Suu Kyi, Freedom from Fear


10.“I believe that there will be ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those who do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the system of exploitation. I believe that there will be that kind of clash, but I don't think it will be based on the color of the skin...”
Malcolm X


14.“When we're afraid, we lose all sense of analysis and reflection. Our fear paralyzes us. Besides, fear has always been the driving force behind all dictators' repression.
 ― Marjane Satrapi, The Complete Persepolis 

11.“The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.”
Gore Vidal




 

12.“The ignorance of the oppressed is strength for the oppressor.”― A.R. Bernard


13.“And the truth must finally lie in that which every oppressed individual feels within himself but hasn't the courage to express”
Wilhelm Reich, Beyond Psychology: Letters and Journals, 1934-1939 



14.“If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth. ”
Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Minister of Propaganda






 

15.“Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”
―  Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Minister of Propaganda


16."Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide." 
Napoleon Bonaparte
 
 

 17."Liberty is the possibility of doubting, of making a mistake,... of searching and experimenting,... of saying No to any authority - literary, artistic, philosophical, religious, social, and even political." 
- Ignazio Silone, The God That Failed, 1950


18."History does not teach fatalism.  There are moments when the will of a handful of free men breaks through determinism and opens up new roads."  

- Charles de Gaulle



19."No one is free when others are oppressed."  

- Author Unknown




 

20."Most people want security in this world, not liberty."  
- H.L. Mencken, Minority Report, 1956


 

 


21."We feel free when we escape - even if it be but from the frying pan into the fire."  
- Eric Hoffer

1 comment:

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