„Reagan's story of freedom superficially alludes to the Founding Fathers, but its substance comes from the Gilded Age, devised by apologists for the robber barons.“

"For America's Sake" speech (12 December 2006), as quoted in Moyers on Democracy (2008), p. 17
Contexto: Reagan's story of freedom superficially alludes to the Founding Fathers, but its substance comes from the Gilded Age, devised by apologists for the robber barons. It is posed abstractly as the freedom of the individual from government control — a Jeffersonian ideal at the roots of our Bill of Rights, to be sure. But what it meant in politics a century later, and still means today, is the freedom to accumulate wealth without social or democratic responsibilities and license to buy the political system right out from everyone else.

Bill Moyers photo
Bill Moyers
jornalista norte-americano 1934

Citações relacionadas

Peter Gabriel photo

„Creativity comes from the freedom to fail. And freedom to fail comes from experimentation, and that's what gives something its individuality.“

—  Peter Gabriel English singer-songwriter, record producer and humanitarian 1950

On Kate Bush
The Kate Bush Story (2014)
Contexto: Creativity comes from the freedom to fail. And freedom to fail comes from experimentation, and that's what gives something its individuality. And, you know, I think her courage, which is the positive way of interpreting it, or bloody-mindedness, which is the negative, is part of what gives her real value as an artist.

Jiddu Krishnamurti photo
Luis Buñuel photo
Alan García photo

„The United States, ever since its founding fathers, has had an ideal, a mission to the world. In the '40s, it sacrificed the lives of many young people to achieve the freedom of the world. Nowadays, we need to focus on democracy and free trade.“

—  Alan García Peruvian politician 1949 - 2019

President Bush Welcomes President García of Peru to the White House http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2007/04/20070423-1.html# (April 23, 2007)

Clive Staples Lewis photo
Fidel Castro photo
Rick Riordan photo
Gore Vidal photo
Eugene V. Debs photo

„The feudal barons of the Middle Ages, the economic predecessors of the capitalists of our day, declared all wars. And their miserable serfs fought all the battles.“

—  Eugene V. Debs American labor and political leader 1855 - 1926

The Canton, Ohio Speech, Anti-War Speech (1918)
Contexto: Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder. In the Middle Ages when the feudal lords who inhabited the castles whose towers may still be seen along the Rhine concluded to enlarge their domains, to increase their power, their prestige and their wealth they declared war upon one another. But they themselves did not go to war any more than the modern feudal lords, the barons of Wall Street go to war. The feudal barons of the Middle Ages, the economic predecessors of the capitalists of our day, declared all wars. And their miserable serfs fought all the battles. The poor, ignorant serfs had been taught to revere their masters; to believe that when their masters declared war upon one another, it was their patriotic duty to fall upon one another and to cut one another's throats for the profit and glory of the lords and barons who held them in contempt. And that is war in a nutshell. The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose — especially their lives.
They have always taught and trained you to believe it to be your patriotic duty to go to war and to have yourselves slaughtered at their command. But in all the history of the world you, the people, have never had a voice in declaring war, and strange as it certainly appears, no war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people.
And here let me emphasize the fact — and it cannot be repeated too often — that the working class who fight all the battles, the working class who make the supreme sacrifices, the working class who freely shed their blood and furnish the corpses, have never yet had a voice in either declaring war or making peace. It is the ruling class that invariably does both. They alone declare war and they alone make peace.
Yours not to reason why;
Yours but to do and die.
That is their motto and we object on the part of the awakening workers of this nation.
If war is right let it be declared by the people. You who have your lives to lose, you certainly above all others have the right to decide the momentous issue of war or peace.

Ayn Rand photo
Clement Attlee photo
Nassim Nicholas Taleb photo

„Much of aging comes from a misunderstanding of the effect of comfort.“

—  Nassim Nicholas Taleb, livro Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

Fonte: Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (2012), p. 55

Barack Obama photo
Milan Kundera photo
Girish Raghunath Karnad photo

„I was excited by the story of Yayati. This exchange of ages between the father and the son, which seemed to be terribly powerful and terribly modern. At the same time I was reading a lot of Sartre and the Existentialist. This consistent harping on responsibility which the Existentialist indulge in suddenly seemed to link up with the story of Yayati.“

—  Girish Raghunath Karnad Indian playwright 1938 - 2019

This story of Yayati from the Mahabhrata generated interst in him to become a playwright and he explains this here.[Sahu, Nandini title=The Post-colonial Space: Writing the Self and the Nation, http://books.google.com/books?id=xs_tj0tDnnwC&pg=PA59, 2007, Atlantic Publishers & Dist, 978-81-269-0777-9, 120]

Jacqueline Woodson photo
Ilana Mercer photo

„Demonstrators for a government takeover of medicine have a right to discuss their demands, but no right to enact these demands. … 'Rights, as our founding fathers conceived them, are not claims to economic goods, but freedoms of action.“

—  Ilana Mercer South African writer

“The Authentic Asstroturfers,” http://www.ilanamercer.com/phprunner/public_article_list_view.php?editid1=510 WorldNetDaily.com and Taki’s Magazine, August 14, 2009.
2000s, 2009

Abraham Lincoln photo

„My father, at the death of his father, was but six years of age, and he grew up literally without education. He removed from Kentucky to what is now Spencer County, Indiana, in my eighth year.“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865

1850s, Autobiographical Sketch Written for Jesse W. Fell (1859)
Contexto: My father, at the death of his father, was but six years of age, and he grew up literally without education. He removed from Kentucky to what is now Spencer County, Indiana, in my eighth year. We reached our new home about the time the State came into the Union. It was a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals still in the woods. There I grew up.<!--p.33

Aldous Huxley photo

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“