“Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony.” ~ Noam Chomsky
“If those in charge of our society — politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television — can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.” ~ Howard Zinn
“Sing /Us a song / A song to keep / Us warm / There’s / Such a chill / Such a chill. / You can laugh / A spineless laugh / We hope your / Rules and / Wisdom choke you. / Now / We are one / In everlasting / Peace. / We hope / That you choke / That you choke. / We hope/ That you choke/ That you choke.” ~ Thom Yorke
“Imagine a city where graffiti wasn’t illegal, a city where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that (and stop leaning against the wall — it’s wet).” ~ Banksy
“It’s no secret that a conscience can sometimes be a pest / It’s no secret ambition bites the nails of success / Every artist is a cannibal, Every poet is a thief / All kill their inspiration, then sing about the grief.” ~ Bono
“Any story that deals with conflict by way of a strained euphemistic spin, a cliché, or a triumphal cupcake ending strikes us as the best in family entertainment. This is the opposite of apocalyptic. Apocalyptic maximizes the reality of human suffering and folly before daring a word of hope. The hope has nowhere else to happen but the valley of the shadow of death.” ~ David Dark
“People in our culture think being unhappy is unnatural, and take pills or go to therapy to ‘fix’ themselves. But sadness is as much a part of life as joy. Maybe that sounds trite to the hardened, self-protective modern ego, but if you open yourself up, you do make yourself vulnerable to pain but the deeper the pain you experience, the deeper joy you have.” ~ Mark Ryden
“We must blend into the choir, sing ecstatic with the whole / We must memorize nine numbers and deny we have a soul / And in this endless race for property and privilege to be won / We must run, we must run, we must run.” ~ Conor Oberst
“. . . and in the eyes of the people there is a failure; and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath. In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.”
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