"The natural man lives for himself; he is the unit, the whole, dependent only on himself and on his like. The citizen is but the numerator of a fraction, whose value depends on its denominator; his value depends upon the whole, that is, on the community. Good social institutions are those best fitted to make a man unnatural, to exchange his independence for dependence, to merge the unit in the group, so that he no longer regards himself as one, but as a part of the whole, and is only conscious of the common life.
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"Die Zensur ist die schändlichere von zwei Schwestern. Die Zensur ist das lebendige Eingeständnis der Herrschenden, daß sie nur verdummte Sklaven treten, aber keine freien Völker regieren können. / Censorship is the more shameful of two sisters. The older one is called Inquisition. Censorship is the living admission of the rulers that they can only kick dumb slaves but cannot rule free peoples. (Johann Nepomuk Nestroy)(1801-1862)"
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„Every nation-state tends towards the imperial – that is the point. Through banks, armies, secret police, propaganda, courts and jails, treaties, taxes, laws and orders, myths of civil obedience, assumptions of civic virtue at the top…We put more trust in those who show a measure of compassion, who denounce the hideous social arrangements that make war inevitable.. which fosters corporate selfishness, panders to appetites and disorder, waste the earth. (Daniel Berrigan)“
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What I'm saying is simply that every totalitarian society, no matter how strict, has had its underground. In fact, two undergrounds. There's the underground involved in political resistance and the underground involved in preserving beauty and fun--which is to say, preserving the human spirit. ― Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker
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Behind every argument is someones ignorance.~Louis D. Brandeis