Favourite quotes

“He who makes a beast of himself, gets rid of the pain of being a man” — Hunter S Thompson

“We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world — bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are whores for power and oil with hate and fear in our hearts” — Hunter S Thompson

“‘Young woman! Throw yourself in the water again so that I might have once more the opportunity to save us both!’ A second time — huh! That would be rash! Just imagine, dear colleague, if someone were to take us at our word. You’d have to do it. Brrr … The water’s so cold! But don’t worry. It’s too late now, it will always be too late. Thank goodness!” — Albert Camus The Fall

“At any point lady gaga came on the radio, and Bob lost his shit calling her a “cunt” and saying that she stole some part or element for warp which I could not figure out. Don’t get me wrong, as much as my ears are trained musically, the sounds i heard on the gaga track and on warp were both generated by a simple kaosalator. I mean, even NPR when the first “gadget” came out it was labelled as a toy for anyone, even people who have no musical talent. But to call lady gaga a “cunt” seemed a bit extreme. I mean as much as I think her songs are dog shit, she is an avid supporter of the gay community, maybe even considered gay activist. Also, I think any woman looking as odd as she does, and being called a haemaphrodite while falling just a tad short of legiy heavy history in musical history, she is not that much of a cunt” — Justin Pearson from the How to lose people and irritate people and the Locust etc…”

“If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all”. — Noam Chomsky

“Everybody’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s a really easy way: stop participating in it”. — Noam Chomsky

“There are very few people who are going to look into the mirror and say, ‘That person I see is a savage monster;’ instead, they make up some construction that justifies what they do.”— Noam Chomsky

2We can, for example, be fairly confident that either there will be a world without war or there won’t be a world — at least, a world inhabited by creatures other than bacteria and beetles, with some scattering of others” — Noam Chomksy

“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper”. — Bertrand Russell

“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time” — Bertrand Rusell

“War does not determine who is right — only who is left”— Bertrand Russell

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts”— Bertrand Russell

“In her essay ‘American Nightmare: Neoconservatism, Neoliberalism, and De-democratization’, Brown unpicked the alliance between neoconservatism and neoliberalism which constituted the American version of capitalist realism up until 2008. Brown shows that neoliberalism and neoconservatism operated from premises which are not only inconsistent, but directly contradictory. ‘How’, Brown asks, does a rationality that is expressly amoral at the level of both ends and means (neoliberalism) intersect with one that is expressly moral and regulatory (neoconservatism)? How does a project that empties the world of meaning, that cheapens and deracinates life and openly exploits desire, intersect one centered on fixing and enforcing meanings, conserving certain ways of life, and repressing and regulating desire? How does support for governance modeled on the firm and a normative social fabric of self-interest marry or jostle against support for governance modeled on church authority and a normative social fabric of self-sacrifice and long-term filial loyalty, the very fabric shredded by unbridled capitalism?
But incoherence at the level of what Brown calls ‘political rationality’ does nothing to prevent symbiosis at the level of political subjectivity, and, although they proceeded from very different guiding assumptions, Brown argues that neoliberalism and neoconservatism worked together to undermine the public sphere and democracy, producing a governed citizen who looks to find solutions in products, not political processes. As Brown claims, the choosing subject and the governed subject are far from opposites … Frankfurt school intellectuals and, before them, Plato theorized the open compatibility between individual choice and political domination, and depicted democratic subjects who are available to political tyranny or authoritarianism precisely because they are absorbed in a province of choice and need-satisfaction that they mistake for freedom….Extrapolating a little from Brown’s arguments, we might hypothesize that what held the bizarre synthesis of neoconservatism and neoliberalism together was their shared objects of abomination: the so called Nanny State and its dependents. Despite evincing an anti-statist rhetoric, neoliberalism is in practice not opposed to the state per se — as the bank bail-outs of 2008 demonstrated — but rather to particular uses of state funds; meanwhile, neoconservatism’s strong state was confined to military and police functions, and defined itself against a welfare state held to undermine individual moral responsibility” ***my own notes added to this: this is what’s so fucked up with politics right now…. You have a pseudo moral Neoconservatives who use police for racist and violent acts in the name of “individual responsibility” (whilst forgetting Jesus was a socialist, not to mention a fucking peaceful one), and you have the neoliberals who believe that freedom, as Plato says in a different way above, is the freedom to enslave, which is fucking absurd. (I think I remember Plato was actually FOR this as well, so what a dick).*