vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest
reflection that your vote is never lost.” -- John Quincy Adams
It's crucial to understand that as a society, we can reorganize. We can reorganize
socially, politically, and economically, and we can reorganize according to our
values. -- Rebecca
government is never what it seems, Making secret deals behind the scenes.
Selling favors, guns and oil deeds, It's supposed to serve its governed people's
needs! -- Robert Alan Silverstein
Why are they the
ones that get to say what is right and wrong? The profits before people way
makes it hard to get along. We want a world that's fair and just with peace
for everyone. We've got to go on now, we must, before our world is done.
We want our world back! --
Robert Alan Silverstein
believe there should be a part of society that conscientiously works as a ‘critical
partner’ of the government.” -- Dewi
men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make
for themselves different modes of life and forms of government. -- Aristotle
No piecemeal solution is going to prevent the collapse of whole societies and
ecosystems ... a radical re-thinking of our values, priorities and political systems
is urgent. -- Maude
you become active in the system and communicate to your representatives, and they
don't vote in accordance with your values, your responsibility is to support candidates
who will. -- Joan Blades
Every citizen of this country should be guaranteed that their vote matters, that
their vote is counted, and that in the voting booth, their vote has a much weight
as that of any CEO, any member of Congress, or any President. -- Barbara
is no private domain of a person's life that is not political, and there is no
political issue that is not ultimately personal.”
-- Charlotte Bunch
the 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political
importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth
of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.
-- Alex Carey, Australian social scientist
is a higher law than the law of government. That's the law of conscience.
-- Stokely Carmichael
"Most Americans have
never seen the ignorance, degradation, hunger, sickness, and futility in which
many other Americans live...They won't become involved in economic or political
change until something brings the seriousness of the situation home to them."
-- Shirley Chisholm
democracy, as in, say, the United States or Great Britain, would be criticized
by an anarchist of this school on two grounds. First of all because there is a
monopoly of power centralized in the State, and secondly -and critically - because
representative democracy is limited to the political sphere and in no serious
way encroaches on the economic sphere. Anarchists of this tradition have always
held that democratic control of one's productive life is at the core of any serious
human liberation, or, for that matter, of any significant democratic practice.
That is, as long as individuals are compelled to rent themselves on the market
to those who are willing to hire them, as long as their role in production is
simply that of ancillary tools, then there are striking elements of coercion and
oppression that make talk of democracy very limited, if even meaningful.
-- Noam Chomsky
times has the labor movement stumbled and bruised itself. We have been enjoined
by the courts, assaulted by thugs, charged by the militia, traduced by the press,
frowned upon in public opinion, and deceived by politicians. 'But notwithstanding
all this and all these, labor is today the most vital and potential power this
planet has ever known, and its historic mission is as certain of ultimate realization
as is the setting of the sun. -- Eugene
have got to unite in the same labor union and in the same political party and
strike and vote together, and the hour you do that, the world is yours. --
Eugene V. Debs
ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that
belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters
forever." -- Declaration of Rights for Women, July 1876
have a complete void of progressive politics in this
country right now. The will of the people goes ignored
and unrealized. I'm searching for the people that
can enter the political system, a strong third party.
We need to consolidate.” -- Ani
realized that public affairs were also my affairs. I became
active in politics because I saw the possibility, if we
all sat back and did nothing, of a world in which there
would no longer be any stages for actors to act on."
-- Helen Gahagan Douglas (1900-1980)
I think that people want peace so much that one of
these days governments had better get out of the way
and let them have it. -- Dwight
I think that people want peace so much that one
of these days governments had better get out of
the way and let them have it."
the councils of government, we must guard against the
acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or
unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential
for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and
will persist. -- Dwight
arts can bring the heart to the aid of the head, the
personal to the political.
who stay away from the election think that one vote
will do no good: 'Tis but one step more to think
one vote will do no harm.”
organizing for political rights will probably be treated
initially with ridicule and derision, and then with misunderstanding
and perhaps eventually violence if the experience of the
struggle for women's suffrage is any precedent. Undoubtedly
the greatest obstacle to be overcome is the adult refusal
to acknowledge that children suffer political discrimination
and exclusion. Adults do not perceive children as a minority
group but as helpless, inexperienced, defenseless young
people who need protection. Adult paternalism seeks to
protect and if in this process it curtails freedom, truncates
potential and destroys civil liberties this is taken to
be incidental. The belief in the legitimacy of paternalism
justifies and cements the existing power relationships
between adults and young people. This attitude must be
confronted, challenged and refuted if young people are
to secure their political rights..."
-- Bob Franklin "The Rights of Children"
time that religion has identified itself or entangled
itself with a particular political movement or a particular
government, religion has been harmed by that. I see
religion as a powerful positive healing force for
this nation and the world. But that force is blunted,
weakened, compromised inestimably, if we turn religion
into a tool for advancing political strategy; if we
make it a matter of how to win political office; if
we treat it as anything other than a sacred part of
life from which we ought to draw sustenance and values
and strength for living courageously as good citizens.
active liberty does not mean allowing the majority
to run roughshod over minorities. It calls for taking
special care that all groups have a chance to fully
participate in society and the political process.
best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Universal Declaration... as a common standard of
achievement for all peoples and all nations...it
not only crystallizes the political thought of our
times on these matters, but it has also influenced
the thinking of legislators all over the world.
Hammarskjöld, Second UN Secretary-General, 1953-1961
politics -- even politics worthy of the name -- the
only politics I am willing to devote myself to --
is simply a matter of serving those around us: serving
the community and serving those who will come after
us. Its deepest roots are moral because it is a responsibility
expressed through action, to and for the whole.
is a country ready to be taken—in fact, longing
to be taken—by political leaders ready to restore
democracy and trust to the political process."
politics, an organized minority is a political majority.
When the people fear their government, there is
tyranny; when the government fears the people, there
care of human life and happiness, and not their
destruction, is the first and only object of good
spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain
occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only
as they are injurious to others.
government is the strongest of which every man feels himself
often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by
a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true.
Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves
heard and who vote - a very different thing.”
-- Walter H. Judd
"The vision I see is not only a movement of direct
democracy, of self- and co-determination and non-violence,
but a movement in which politics means the power
to love and the power to feel united on the spaceship
Earth... In a world struggling in violence and dishonesty,
the further development of non-violence - not only
as a philosophy but as a way of life, as a force
on the streets, in the market squares, outside the
missile bases, inside the chemical plants and inside
the war industry - becomes one of the most urgent
believe in an America where the separation of church
and state is absolute -- where no Catholic prelate
would tell the president (should he be Catholic)
how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell
his parishoners for whom to vote -- where no church
or church school is granted any public funds or
political preference -- and where no man is denied
public office merely because his religion differs
from the president who might appoint him or the
people who might elect him.
We must recognize that we can't solve our problems
now until there is a radical redistribution of economic
and political power.... a radical restructuring
of the architecture of American society. --
Luther King, Jr
asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question:
is it politic? Vanity asks the question: is it popular?
But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there
comes a time when one must take a position that is neither
safe, nor politic, nor popular- but one must take it simply
because it is right. --
Luther King, Jr.
very important to vote. People died for this right.
across the United States are now uniting in a great
cause to establish a Department of Peace, seeking
nothing less than the transformation of our society,
to make non-violence an organizing principle, to
make war archaic through creating a paradigm shift
in our culture for human development, for economic
and political justice and for violence control.
believe that the only way to remove the authoritarian
regime and replace it with a democratic one is through
violent means. I would like to set the precedent of
political change through political settlement, not
San Suu Kyi
make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants,
not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right
-- Louis L'Amour
can be no better measure of our governance than
the way we treat our children, and no greater
failing on our part than to allow them to be subjected
to violence, abuse or exploitation.
place of the Old Bottom Line of money and power, a
New Bottom Line of Love and Generosity is possible.
People of all faiths need to shape a political and
social movement that reaffirms the most generous,
peace-oriented, social justice-committed, and loving
truths of the spiritual heritage of the human race.
is easy to think the State has a lot of different objects
-- military, political, economic, and what not. But in
a way things are much simpler than that. The State exists
simply to promote and to protect the ordinary happiness
of human beings in this life. A husband and wife chatting
over a fire, a couple of friends having a game of darts
in a pub, a man reading a book in his own room or digging
in his own garden -- that is what the State is there for.
And unless they are helping to increase and prolong and
protect such moments, all the laws, parliaments, armies,
courts, police, economics, etc., are simply a waste of
-- C. S. Lewis
“Democracy is the government of the people, by the
people, for the people”
prophecy of a world moving toward political unity is the
light which guides all that is best, most vigorous, most
truly alive in the work of our time.
-- Walter Lippman
the immediate gains and losses, the dangers to our safety
arising from political suppression are always greater
than the dangers to the safety resulting from political
freedom. Suppression is always foolish.
-- Neil A. McDonald
lot of political people, especially people on the
left, have forgotten the importance of humor as an
incredible weapon, and a vehicle through which to
Once you don't vote your ideals... that has serious
undermining affects. It erodes the moral basis of
difficult it may be to bring it about, some form of world
government, with agreed international law and means of
enforcing the law, is inevitable.
-- John B. Orr
People are very hungry for something new. I think
they are interested in being called to be a part
of something larger than the sort of small, petty,
slash-and-burn politics that we have been seeing
over the last several years.
environmental movement has led some of the most
successful global campaigns in terms of raising
public and political consciousness about the relationship
of environment and development and offering alternatives
for better governance at all levels from community
to the international arena.
Greek word for idiot, literally translated, means one
who does not participate in politics. That sums up my
conviction on the subject."
Gladys Pyle, Senator (1890-1989)
democracy and self-rule are the fundamentals, then why
should people give up these rights when they enter their
workplace? In politics we fight like tigers for freedom,
for the right to elect our leaders, for freedom of movement,
choice of residence, choice of what work to pursue - control
of our lives, in short. And then we wake up in the morning
and go to work, and all those rights disappear. We no
longer insist on them. And so for most of the day we return
to feudalism. That is what capitalism is - a version of
feudalism in which capital replaces land, and business
leaders replace kings. But the hierarchy remains. And
so we still hand over our lives' labor, under duress,
to feed rulers who do no real work.... 'So. We must challenge.
It is time. If self-rule is a fundamental value, if simple
justice is a value, then they are values everywhere, including
in the workplace where we spend so much of our lives'...."
-- Kim Stanley Robinson
believe that government is the servant of the people and
not their master.
-- David Rockefeller
account of being a democracy and run by the people,
we are the only nation in the world that has to
keep a government four years, no matter what it
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 any controlling private
us never forget that government is ourselves and not an
alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy
are not a President and senators and congressmen and government
officials, but the voters of this country.
remember that if the struggle were to resort to violence,
it will lose vision, beauty and imagination. Most
dangerous of all, it will marginalize and eventually
victimize women. And a political struggle that does
not have women at the heart of it, above it, below
it, and within it is no struggle at all.
The whole basis of the United Nations is the right
of all nations - great or small - to have weight,
to have a vote, to be attended to, to be a part
of the twentieth century.
and capitalism have very different beliefs about the proper
distribution of power. One believes in a completely equal
distribution of political power, 'one man, one vote',
while the other believes that it is the duty of the economically
fit to drive the unfit out of business and into economic
extinction. 'Survival of the fittest' and inequalities
in purchasing power is what capitalist efficiency is all
about. Individuals and firms become efficient to be rich.
To put it in its starkest form, capitalism is perfectly
compatible with slavery. The American South had such a
system for more than two centuries. Democracy is not comparable
-- Lester Thurow
government in which I believe is that which is based
on mere moral sanction...the real law lives in the
kindness of our hearts. If our hearts are empty, no
law or political reform can fill them." -- Leo
every man in a state has a vote, brutal laws are
is supporting your country all the time, and your
government when it deserves it.
government is merely a servant -- merely a temporary servant;
it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right
and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who
isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.
percent of people won't vote, and fifty percent don't
read newspapers. I hope it's the same fifty percent.”
-- Gore Vidal
societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent,
too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action:
you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse,
so that at election time people will solemnly vote against
their own interests.
-- Gore Vidal
The only way to change is to vote. People are responsible.
too many Americans don't vote or participate, some
see apathy and despair. I see disappointment and
even outrage. And I believe that out of this frustration
can come hope and action.
are three critical ingredients to democratic renewal
and progressive change in America: good public policy,
grassroots organizing and electoral politics.”
political parties, overanxious for vote catching,
become tolerant to intolerant groups.
Politics: “Poli” a Latin word meaning "many" and "tics"
meaning "bloodsucking creatures".
uses of government should be to foster, protect
and promote the possession of equality.
women of the country have the power in their own
hands, in spite of the law and the government being
altogether of the male order.
A free America... means just this: individual
freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system
of government we call democracy is only an expedient
to enslave man to the machine and make him like
can't completely take care of people by making a bunch
of promises and programs. Organize your communities
"We need to rethink our position in the world. We
need to stop sending weapons to countries that oppress
other people. We need to decide that we will not
go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the
politicians or the media, because war in our time
is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents,
a war against children. War is terrorism, magnified
a hundred times."