be warned…though i am on the far left of the socialist movement (which includes social democrats, communists, anarchists), some of my dixos are not politically correct, some are right wing, racist, even fascist. if this w’d offend you. avoid reading this. some of the maldixos in any section may be repeats. i guess i think they fit.
The lust for destruction is a creative lust. – Bakunin
While there is a lower class, i am in it. While there is a criminal class i am of it. While there is a soul in prison, i am not free. -Eugene Debs imprisoned for leading American Railway Union strike in 1894 & for sedition for opposing WW1 (1918)
I am waiting/ for the war to be fought that will make the world safe for anarchy. –Lawrence Ferlinghetti, I am waiting
All your private property is just a target for your enemies. Is this what brings on the Bin Ladens of the world? Jealousy of the west’s material grandiose, egocentric possessions? –thanks to Jefferson Airplane Volunteers of America
It’s the red, white and blue making war on the poor./ Blind mother justice on a pile of manure. –Richard Farina song on HUAC & the Cuban missile crisis
take away the right to say “FUCK” and you take away the right to say “FUCK the government” –Lenny Bruce
get the hammer and nails…he’s back. – Lenny Bruce
N……rs in the hands of an angry WHITE GOD. –what Johnathan Edwards really meant.
Is the god of the slave traders/ slave owners/ the slave patrol the same as the god of the slave? GdL: Yikes… a question Xian white folk & their house n….rs don’t want to ask much less answer
When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white man came, an Indian said simply: Ours. –Vine de Loria
El derecho al respeto ajeno es la paz. Respect for the rights of others is peace. -Benito Juarez
God in his infinite wisdom made the world dialectical materialist. -Marxist dicho
There is nothing you can do about it. GdL: i beg to differ. the class war is on and so far they’ve been kicking our ass. time to turn the tide. Why the fuck should we care what our class enemies think?
The final aim (of socialism) is nothing. The movement is everything. –E Bernstein of the pre WWI German Social Democracy
What is to be done? –V Ulyanov (Lenin) GdL: Nada would be best.
We’ve got plenty of nothing and nothing’s plenty for me. -GdL: Song from Where??? Never mind Why?
Sure looks like we have plenty of nothing going on here. -GdL: the best kind of “thing” is a no-thing
Less is best…and Nhan is best of all. –for my friend Nhan D.
Create one, two, three, many Vietnams. –Ernesto Che Guevara
Don’t vote, it only encourages them. –anarchist dicho
When in doubt, vote NO! –-one of GdL’s semi-anarchist dichos
Consensus is more effective than simple majorities.
Our feet are tired but our souls are resting. –ML King after the march from Selma
John Brown’s body is a-moldering in the grave but his truth keeps marching on. -2nd Massachusetts Infantry Battalion. Paul Robeson has a great version of this.
When there is a point of crisis, it is imperative that you enter the field of action. -Ron Karenga on the need for activism around issue of reparations
Better active today, than radioactive tomorrow. -Afraid of Nuclear power-dicho
I think that all of our human experience shows that no one with absolute power can be trusted to give it up…even in part. –Justice Louis D. Brandeis
Do you imagine that a state can submit and not be overthrown, in which decisions of law have no power but are set aside by each individual? -Socrates GdL: Plato’s political problem? But yes, I do imagine
Imagine there’s no government. It isn’t that hard to do. –John Lennon
How could the state be governed or protected in its foreign relations if every individual remained free to obey or not to obey the law according to his private opinion. -Thomas Hobbes GdL: would that be enough to make me an anarchist?
Government is necessary not because man is naturally bad…but because man is by nature more individualistic than social. –Thomas Hobbes
An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
The working of great (?) institutions is mainly the result of a vast mass of routine, petty malice, self-interest, carelessness and sheer mistake. Only a residual fraction is thought. -George Santayana
Even an imperfect organization is better than NO organization. -GdL: as an anarchist, I disagree
The perfect is the enemy of the good. GdL: Good thing to say after a compromise that may be a sellout
Our ideal should not be the trade union secretary but the tribune of the people.- Lenin borrowing from Babeuf
Yes, you are free to go into the swamp…only let go my hand. –V.I. Lenin GdL: tell them Menshivikis. one of my favorite Vlad dixos.
Despotism tempered by assassination-that is our Magna Charta. -anonymous Russian in the time of the Tsars
We should forgive our enemies but only after they’ve been hanged. -Heinrich Heine
I fought the law and the law won. –Bobby Fuller (late 20th century rock’n roll singer)
Even the guilty have to be framed. –James Robertson, renegade Trotskyst
One does not speaks lightly of rope in the house of the hanged. –James Robertson
There are always good reasons for doing something, then there’s the real reason. -James P Cannon, founding member of the Communist Party, USA and leader of Troskyist movement in U.S.
It is better to vote for something you want and not get it,than to vote for something you don’t want, and get it. -Eugene V. Debs, turn of the 20th century labor organizer and Socialist leader
Now that we don’t have so-and-so to kick around, that’s precisely whom we want to kick around. -Basic Journalism 101 GdL: No. No. No, let’s dig his nasty dead ass up!
If we don’t hang together, we will surely hang separately. –Ben Franklin
Es el tiempo de los hornos. –Jose Marti
It is not enough for the idea to reach for the masses…the masses must reach for the idea.
The criticism of weapons is more powerful than the weapon of criticism.
–Karl Marx 18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon
My guns are very loyal and my aim is true. -GdL: thanks to Elvis Costello
We don’t have to prove he had carnal knowledge of his sows…Let’s make the s.o.b deny it. –Lyndon Johnson on hostile campaigning
Wanna see my scar? Wanna touch it???? –LBJ in the White House per Lenny Bruce
Hey, Hey, LBJ? How many Vietnamese did you kill today???? –chant of anti-war demonstrators
I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. -Fannie Lou Hamer, 1960’s Mississippi civil rights activist
Segregation is the offspring of an illicit intercourse between injustice and immorality. -ML King Jr. GdL: Is this sexy or no?
Freedom is not enough. -Lyndon Johnson GdL: My man! All Power to the People!
The people’s will is stronger than the man’s technology. -supporters of the Vietnamese people’s liberation struggles against the French, Japanese, British, French (again) and American invaders
Them leave sorrow, tears and blood. Them regular trade-mark.–Fela Anikulapo Kuti
The justification of majority rule in politics is not to be found in its ethical superiority. -Walter Lippman
People get the democracy they deserve. –GB Shaw
Democracies prefer markets but markets don’t prefer democracy.
No one should expect the government to act in accordance with the moral code appropriate to the conduct of the individual. –Baruch Spinoza
If the state acts in ways abhorrent to human nature, it is the lesser evil to destroy it. -Baruch Spinoza
Self government is better than good government. -Thomas Jefferson
Men fight for freedom and then begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves. -Thomas Jefferson
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. -Thomas Jefferson
Liberty doesn’t work as well in practice as it does in speeches. -Will Rogers GdL: say no more.
It is by the goodness of god that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and the prudence never to practice either of them. -Mark Twain
Where yearly elections end, tyranny begins. -early American colonist sentiment opposed to proposed Federalist constitution
God must have loved the common people…He made so many of them. –Abraham Lincoln
You don’t stick a knife nine inches into a man’s back, pull it out four inches and call it progress. –Malcolm X
By any means Necessary. –Malcolm X on attaining freedom
Only a fool lets his enemy teach his children. – Malcolm X on fool’s “education”
You cannot conquer an idea with an army. -Thomas Paine
What is a political regime devoid of justice but organized crime. -St. Augustine
Justice is the great work of human beings on earth. -Daniel Webster
I have always believed that to have true justice we must have equal harassment under the law. -Paul Krassner
Justice delayed is justice denied. -William E. Gladstone
“Justice”…when I went to jail that’s what I found “Just us”. -Richard Pryor
Justice is incidental to law and order. -J Edgar Hoover
This is a court of law not a court of justice. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice? -Lillian Hellman GdL: Well, if you really dislike them…
Burning stakes do not lighten the darkness –LEC GdL: Good for toasting them human marshmallows…especially the chocolate covered ones.
The man ain’t prejudiced. He doesn’t care what color his slaves are. -Chester Anderson
I want to be the white man’s brother….not his brother in law. -ML King GdL: I guess it’s a brother thing?
If they really believe that there is danger from the Negro, it must be because they do not intend to give him justice. -Booker T. Washington
You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him. -Booker T Washington
In all things that are purely social we (Americans) can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to human progress. -Booker T. Washington (?on separate but equal?)
Whenever the Constitution comes between me and the virtue of white women in South Carolina, I say to hell with the constitution.-Coleman L. Blease GdL: What did he mean? More importantly, why would he say that?
If you could just be a n….r one Saturday night, you wouldn’t want to be a white man as long as you live. -William Faulkner gdl: William? That’s just plain weird.
The dispensing of injustice is always in the right hands. –LEC
Who shall stand guard on the guards themselves? –Juvenal GdL: The Greeks needed civilian police review boards.
Lawgivers who promise equality and liberty at the same time are either utopian dreamers or charlatans. -Johann W. Goethe GdL: and perhaps not enough of either? A little of both?
Being unable to make what is just strong, we have made what is strong just. Gdl: we’ll call it manifest destiny, the freedom to own slaves…sure.
A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy. -Benjamin Disraeli
Hypocrisy can be magnificent in its promises…never intending to go beyond promises, it can afford them. -thanks to Edmund Burke
Democracy is a device that insures that we shall be governed no better than we deserve. -GB Shaw
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for the appointment of the corrupt few. -George Bernard Shaw
When the people contend for their liberty, they seldom get anything by their victory but new masters. -Lord Halifax
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. – Dr. Johnson
I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet I assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to lighten his load by all possible means- except by getting off his back. -Leo Tolstoi GdL: Get off my back, Jack!!!!
Exhaustion solves more problems than reason. –George Will
Ignorance is bliss. War is peace. –George Orwell 1984
Four legs good. Two legs better. –George Orwell’s Animal Farm
All animals are equal but some are more equal than others. -George Orwell Animal Farm
Today’s pig, tomorrow’s bacon. —Black Panther chant
Violence is as American as cherry pie. -H. Rap Brown
I don’t think I’m as good as you are…I think I’m better. -Stokely Carmichael (later Kwame Toure) GdL: I agree. Stokely was better.
The greatest danger of Jewish power lies in their large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio and our government. -Charles Lindbergh Jr speaks out about ZOG
I’m ready to write my Mein Kampf. –GdL: Does that make me a monster?
Every sister (nun) a mother. -Spanish anti-catolico dicho
Was Jesucristo a Jew? was James his older brother? what happened to them dietary laws? how many fingers did John the Baptist have? GdL: Under the category of things you might not want to ask Xians.
Anti-semitism– the gentile art of making enemies.
Most fun I’ve had since Hitler died. -Talking big fun
Male: You want to be just like us, men? Feminist: Actually, I had something better in mind.
I never go anywhere without my posse. -G. dicho
NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE. –chant of those denied too long
Everyone’s crying out for peace, no one’s crying out for justice. / I don’t want no peace, I need equal rights and justice. –Peter Tosh
If you are that BIG tree, we are that small axe, sharpened to cut you down, well sharpened to cut you down. –Bob Marley
Forgive me if I’m wrong…But you ain’t done shit for us!!!! -paraphrasing Stevie Wonder song
You want to defuse my anger?? Gimme back my bullets. –thanks to Lynyrd Skynyrd
You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone. -Al Capone
It’s strange that men should take up crime when there are so many legal ways to be dishonest. -Al Capone
Paper will take anything that’s printed on it. –Joseph Djugashvili (Stalin)
You can’t defeat me…I use up 20,000 men a day. -Napolean Bonaparte
Kill the weak and innocent first…You’ll have a harder time with the others.
Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble. –witches in Macbeth
He who smiles has yet to hear the terrible news. –Bertolt Brecht
If we could learn to look instead of gawking,
We’d see the horror in the heart of farce,
If only we could act instead of talking,
We wouldn’t always end up on our arse.
This was the thing that nearly had us mastered;
Don’t yet rejoice in his defeat, you men!
Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard,
The bitch that bore him is in heat again.
―Bertolt Brecht: The resistable rise of Antonio Ui.
Something has gone terribly WRONG. -announcing 3 Mile Island, Chernobyl and the Greenhouse effect
Good taste is the enemy of creativity. –Picasso
When I hear the word culture, I reach for my revolver. –Herman Goering and many others
Cynic, noun: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are not as they ought to be. -Ambrose Bierce The Devil’s Dictionary
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth. –Lillian Hellman
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. -G B Shaw
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. -Oscar Wilde
You’ve got that look of a seeker of wisdom and truth/ reminiscent of gin and vermouth. / oh, I believe in you. -How to succeed at business without really trying
Doubt is not a pleasant state but certainty is a ridiculous one. –Voltaire
If you don’t see it, don’t believe it. -GdL: especially true of $
Your most powerful tool is your imagination. Gdl’s response: People with money and guns always say that.
Don’t be their mind slaves. Don’t police yourselves. That saves them effort and energy. –anarchist dicho that falls on deaf ears and dead minds
If we don’t change our direction, we’ll end up where we’re going. -Native American dicho
Sure it works in practice but does it work in theory. –Mutktananda
A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves. -Bertrand de Juvenal
It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion. -Dean William Inge
A slave that dies a natural death will not balance a fly on the scales of eternity. -Elridge Cleaver
The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. -Stephen Biko
The white man giveth, and the white man taketh….mostly he taketh. Gdl: a sad world applicable observation
I know of no rights of race superior to the rights of humanity. -Frederick Douglass
I said good morning… –Brer Rabbit greets the tar baby
This ain’t no coon hunt. -KKK dicho Gdl: actually it was a special kinda “coon” hunt…by invitation only and you don’t want to be the guest of “honor”.
Ain’t no ambulances for no n…….rs tonight. -Stanley Cowell album title commemorating urban rebellions after the assassination of ML King
Ain’t no taco trucks for no Mexicans tonight. Gdl on the carne asada troubles
The law, in its majestic equality forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges. -Anatole France
Whilst we have prisons, it matters little which of us occupy the cells. –GB Shaw
We should have had socialism already, but for the socialists. –GB Shaw
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. -Winston Churchill
Wherever there is great property, there is great inequality…For one very rich man there must be at least a million poor. -Adam Smith
The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level. –Norman Mailer
Communism, like any other revealed religion is largely made up of prophecies. -HL Mencken GdL: I got an idea. Let’s all sit around and wait for the messiah.
I am responsible only to god and history. -Generalissimo (is that more than a general?) Francisco Franco
A community is infinitely more brutalized by the habitual employment of punishment than by the occasional occurrence of crime. -Oscar Wilde
If England treats her criminals the way she has treated me, she doesn’t deserve to have any. -Oscar Wilde
The vilest deeds like poison weeds/ Bloom well in prison air/ it is only what is good in man/that wastes and withers here. -Oscar Wilde
Poverty is the mother of crime. -Marcus Aurelius
Distrust all men in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. -FW Nietzsche
When I came to Dublin I was courtmartialed in my absence and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence. -Brendan Behan
A kleptomaniac can’t help helping themselves. –Henry Morgan
It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases. -G Schiller
Prisons don’t rehabilitate, they don’t punish, they don’t protect….so what the hell do they do? -Governor Jerry Brown
Prison reform won’t work until we start sending a better class of people there. -Governor Jerry Brown
Small is beautiful. –EF Schumacher
True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it is lost. -Charles C. Colton
When a merchant speaks of sheep he means the hide. -Swiss dicho
A corporation cannot blush. -H Walsh
i’ll beleive a corporation is a “person” when tekkkas executes one.
Whatever is not nailed down is mine. Whatever I can pry loose is no longer nailed down. – CP Huntington
There’s a sucker born every minute. -PT Barnum GdL: with digital timing, i w’d update that to every milli-second.
Never a sucker an even break give. -Sonny Murray album title
You can’t cheat an honest man. -WC Fields
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. -Elbert Hubbard
If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. -Anatole France
Principles have no real force except when one is well fed. -Mark Twain
War is politics by other means. –Baron Clausewitz and many others
A hungry man is not a free man. -Adlai Stevenson
When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other. -Eric Hoffer
Men rattle their chains to show that they are free. -Justice Felix Frankfurter
Gimme a string bean, I’m a hungry man./ Shot gun fire and away I ran. -Bob Dylan Talking WW3 Blues
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile- hoping it will eat him last. -Winston Churchill
I have discovered the art of fooling diplomats: I speak the truth and they never believe me. -Camillo di Cavour
A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular. -Adlai Stevenson
Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation are men who want rain without thunder and lightning. –Frederick Douglass
A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century. –Baron de Montesquieu
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. –George Bernard Shaw
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. –Thomas Paine
It makes no difference who you vote for…the two parties are really one party representing 4 per cent of the people. –Gore Vidal
An elected official is one who gets 51 per cent of the vote cast by 40 per cent of the 60 per cent of the voters who registered (i.e. that’s 12 %). –Dan Bennett
Those who vote decide nothing…those who count the votes decide everything. -Joseph Stalin
The end move in politics is always to pick up the gun. -Buckminister Fuller
Political power flows from the barrel of the gun. -Mao Tse Tung
Money is the mother’s milk of politics. -Jesse Unruh, a California Demi-can politico
Money makes the world go ‘round.
Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary. -Robert Louis Stevenson
Public office is the last refuge of the incompetent. –Boris Penrose
Since a politician never believes what he says, he is always astonished when others do. -Charles de Gaulle
A local congressman admitted his opponent resembled Abraham Lincoln…if you can imagine a short, beer bellied, dishonest Abraham Lincoln. -thanks to Bill Vaughn
In politics one frequently hears that so and so may be an s.o.b. but he’s our s.o.b. and therefore deserving of our support. –George E. Allen
I once said cynically (?) of a politician “He’ll double cross that bridge when he gets to it.” -Oscar Levant
Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. -Nikita Kruschev
A silent majority and government by the people are incompatible. –Tom Hayden
Covenants without swords are but words. –Thomas Hobbes
Who overcomes by force hath overcome but half his foe. –John Milton
A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that each one thinks he is getting the biggest piece. –Arnold Toynbee
Judge a tree from its fruits not its leaves. –Euripides
You can judge a tree by the fruit it produces. You can judge a society by the people it produces. -Eugene V. Debs
Examine the contents, not the bottle. -Hebrew dicho
Better dead than red. -American anti-commie dicho
Better red than dead. –Bertrand Russell (not a red)
Everybody has a mama!! -Al Gore playing the “mama card” at the 1998 Democratic Party Convention
They start with chaos. They’ve lived with chaos for a long long time.
the only church that illuminates is a burning church. — Buenaventura Durruti, Spanish Anarchist
We have always lived in slums and holes in the wall. We will know how to accommodate ourselves for a while. For you must not forget that we can also build. It is we who built these palaces and cities, here in Spain and America and everywhere. We, the workers. We can build others to take their place. And better ones. We are not in the least afraid of ruins. We are going to inherit the earth; there is not the slightest doubt about that. The bourgeoisie might blast and ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history. We carry a new world here, in our hearts. That world is growing in this minute. — -Buenaventura Durruti (July 14, 1896-Nov 20, 1936)