Saturday, September 24, 2011


Quotable: War

War is organised murder and nothing else.

Source: Henry John Patch, formerly Private Patch in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, the last survivor of the Western Front, as quoted by David Randall in "The last of the noblest generation" in The Independent (UK), 26 July 2009.

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Quotable: The Law II

Laws are like cobwebs, for if any trifling or powerless thing fall into them, they hold it fast, but if a thing of any size falls into them it breaks the mesh and escapes. --Anacharsis (ca. 600 BC).

Law and order are always and everywhere the law and order which protect the established hierarchy. --Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979).

Source: Epigraphs to ch. 12. of From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell (Paddington, Queensland, Australia: Eddie Campbell Comics, 1999).

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Quotable: That Insidious Beast

The television is that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little.

Source: Ray Bradbury as quoted in The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom by Evgeny Morozov (New York: PublicAffairs, 2011) p. 281.

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