"Em 1964, quando João Goulart foi deposto pelos militares, a Globo noticiou o golpe que lançou o Brasil nas trevas como a restauração da democracia; quase 50 anos depois, os Marinho pedem desculpas, como se aquele tivesse sido um erro meramente editorial; na verdade, foi uma aposta comercial, que permitiu à Globo se transformar num dos maiores grupos de mídia do mundo, mesmo passando por cima da lei, como no acordo Time-Life; hoje, cada um dos irmãos Marinho possui uma fortuna estimada em mais de US$ 7 bilhões; o arrependimento pode até fazer bem à alma, mas o certo seria devolver à sociedade todos os benefícios gerados pela relação promíscua com os militares…”
The world does not reward honesty and independence, it rewards obedience and service. It’s a world of concentrated power, and those who have power are not going to reward people who question that power.
Reducing them to apathy and obedience, allowing them to participate in the political system, but as consumers, not as true participants. You allow them a method for ratifying decisions that are made by others, but you eliminate the methods by which they might first, inform themselves; second, organize; and third, act in such a way as to really control decision-making. The idea is that our leaders control us, not that we control them. That is a very widespread view from liberals to conservatives.
world history in one sentence
"Put politicians on minimum wage and watch how fast things change" ~ (unattributed)
“If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking is freedom.” ~ President Dwight D Eisenhower
Jessica Williams proposes applying New York’s Stop and Frisk policy to Wall Street bankers.
"Bush’s technique was to capture people and torture them. Obama has improved, you just kill them and anybody else who is around. It’s not that his hands are tied. It’s bad enough to capture them and torture them. But it’s just murder on executive whim, and as I say it’s not just murdering the suspects, it’s a terror weapon, it terrorizes everyone else. It’s not that his hands are tied, it’s what he wants to do" ~ (Noam Chomsky on Obama’s drone assassinations).