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Stephen King – As a species we’re fundamentally insane

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Stephen KingAs a species we’re fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another. Why do you think we invented politics and religion? – Stephen King

Stephen King   (1947-)

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George Orwell – Political language and deception

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George OrwellPolitical language — and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

George Orwell   (1903-1950)

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Henry Brooks Adams – Politics, as a practice

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Henry Brooks AdamsPolitics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.

Henry Brooks Adams   (1838-1918)
The Education of Henry Adams

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Michael Crichton – The work of science has nothing to do with consensus

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Michael CrichtonLet’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.

Michael Crichton  

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John Adams – My political creed

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John AdamsThe fundamental article of my political creed is that despotism, or unlimited sovereignty, or absolute power, is the same in a majority of a popular assembly, an aristocratic council, an oligarchical junto, and a single emperor.

John Adams   (1735-1826)

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Aristotle – Endowed with the gift of speech

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AristotleThat man is more of a political animal than bees or any other gregarious animals is evident. Nature, as we often say, makes nothing in vain, and man is the only animal whom she has endowed with the gift of speech.

Aristotle   (384 BC-322 BC)
Politics, Bk. 2

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Plato – Being governed by your inferiors

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platoOne of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

Plato  

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