To educate the masses politically does not mean, cannot mean, making a political speech. What it means is to try, relentlessly and passionately, to teach the masses that everything depends on them; that if we stagnate it is their responsibility, and that if we go forward it is due to them too, that there is no such thing as a demiurge, that there is no famous man who will take the responsibility for everything, but that the demiurge is the people themselves and the magic hands are finally only the hands of the people. ― Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
“Are you a communist?”
“No, I am an anti-fascist.”
“For a long time?”
“Since I have understood fascism.” — Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls
Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power. –Benito Mussolini
Fascism is capitalism plus murder. –Upton Sinclair
Nationalism is an infantile thing. It is the measles of mankind. –Albert Einstein
The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power…. Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing. –Franklin D. Roosevelt
“It is so intensely and deliberately didactic, and its subject is esteemed so dry, that I delight in throwing it at the heads of the wiseacres who repeat the parrot cry that art should never be didactic. It goes to prove my contention that art should never be anything else.” –George Bernard Shaw, preface to Pygmalion
“We must force the government to stop the bird migration. We must shoot all birds, field all our men and troops… and force migratory birds to stay where they are.” — Vladimir Zhirinovsky
Das Leben ist findend und schöpferisch, die Lehre nur festigend und gestaltend, nimmer würde aber die trefflichste Lehre ihr Werk verrichten, träte ihr nicht aus dem Lernenden ein empfängliches und mitfruchtendes Verständnis gegenüber.
Life is restless and creative, teaching only structuring and confining, but never would the most splendid teaching perform its work, if it did not encounter in the student a receptive and fertile understanding.