“We associate truth with convenience, with what most closely accords with self-interest or personal well-being or promises best to avoid awkward effort or unwelcome dislocation of life.”
John Kenneth Galbraith
“Great empires, such as the Roman and British, were extractive. The empires succeeded because the value of the resources and wealth extracted from conquered lands exceeded the value of conquest and governance. Washington’s empire extracts resources from the American people for the benefit of the few powerful interest groups that rule America. The military-security complex, Wall Street, [US multinational corporations], agribusiness and the Israel lobby use the government to extract resources from Americans to serve their profits and power. The US Constitution has been extracted in the interests of the Security State, and Americans’ incomes have been redirected to the pockets of the 1%. That is how the American Empire functions.”
Dr Paul Craig Roberts
“The US has been in a cycle of bubbles, busts and crashes since at least 1995, and more likely since Alan Greenspan became the Chairman of the Federal Reserve in August, 1987. The cycle is the same, only the depth and duration seems to change in a continuing 'wash and rinse' of the public money and the real economy. It has become a machine for transferring income, wealth, ownership, and power to the very top. This is not 'the new normal.' This is financial corruption and the erosion of systemic integrity… This is just institutionalized looting.”
Jesse, 21st January 2016
"People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage. Intellectual myopia, often called stupidity, is no doubt a reason. But the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-given right."
John Kenneth Galbraith
"Give a small number of people the power to enrich themselves beyond everyone's wildest dreams, a philosophical rationale to explain all the damage they're causing and they will not stop until they've run the world economy off a cliff."
"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."
Frederick Douglass, August 4, 1857
"Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats."
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