Quote of the Week: “I’m Just Ahead of the Curve”

original work by Discombobulated1895

“Don’t talk like you’re one of them! You’re not, even if you’d like to be. To them, you’re just a freak, like me. They need you right now, but when they don’t, they’ll cast you out, like a leper. You see, their morals, their ‘code,’ is a bad joke, to be dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. I’ll show ya; when the chips are down, these ‘civilized’ people, they’ll eat each other. See, I’m not a monster; I’m just ahead of the curve.”

The Joker

The Dark Knight

Quote of the Week: “I’m Still Angry”

 

“He [Aaron Swartz] was part of me, and I just wanted it [Swartz’s indictments] to not be real, and then I just looked at his Wikipedia page and saw the end date – 2013 [the year that Swartz committed suicide]…I was very unused to being in a room with large men, well-armed, that are continually telling me I’m lying, and that I must have done something. I told them that this thing they were prosecuting wasn’t a crime. I told them that they were on the wrong side of history – I used that phrase, I said that ‘You’re on the wrong side of history,’ and they looked bored. They didn’t even look angry, they were just bored. It began to occur to me that we weren’t having the same conversation…The things I have done shouldn’t have added up that way. I hadn’t done anything wrong, and everything had gone wrong, but I was never – I’m still angry. I’m still angry that you can try your best with these people to do the right thing, and they will turn everything against you, and they will hurt you with anything they can. In that moment, I regret that I said what I did, but my much larger regret is that we have settled for this, that we are okay with this, that we are okay with a justice system that tries to game people into little traps so they can ruin their lives. So, yeah, I wish I hadn’t said that, but I am much, much, angrier that this is where I am, that this is what we as a people think is okay.”

Quinn Norton

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Quote of the Week: “To Collapse Support for a Questionable Strategy”

 

“Kyle wants to achieve a free society. The divisive question, as usual, is strategy…Kyle has expressed before that he doubts it’s [peaceful parenting’s] efficacy as a strategy, and I agree with him. I think as a strategy it’s a highly theoretical approach, with not a lot of empiricism backing it up. I think a lot of the support for the State comes not out of blind obedience to authority, but misguided compassion. Now if Kyle wants a free society, but some people in the [libertarian] community advocate as a main, central strategy something that he considers a questionable approach, or even a counterproductive one, it is understandable that he rise his voice up against it – because it’s an impediment to our shared goal of freedom…as such, I think Kyle chose to question the moral arguments not because he is pro-spanking but to collapse support for a questionable strategy that, if used as the only or main one, will not get us to where we want to be.”

Phillip Frey

The School Sucks Project Fascistbook “group”

Quote of the Week: They Had a Choice, All of Them


“The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout ‘Save us!’ – and I’ll look down and whisper, ‘No.’ They had a choice, all of them.”

Rorschach

The Watchmen

Quote of the Week: The Refrigerator Speech

 

“I work in an office, people walk right by me, I know they don’t see me, and I go home and I watch my wife and kids. They don’t look up when I sit down…I don’t know, it’s like no one cares that I’m gone. They should love me, maybe they do, but I don’t even know what it is. You spend your whole life thinking you’re not getting it, people aren’t giving it to you, then you realize, they’re trying, and you don’t know what it is.

“I had a dream that I was on a shelf in the refrigerator. Someone closes the door and the light goes off, and I know everybody is other there eating and then they open the door and you see them smiling, and they’re happy to see you, but maybe they don’t look right at you, and maybe they don’t pick you. Then the door closes again, the light goes off.”

– Leonard

Mad Men (“Person-to-Person”)

Quote of the Week: “Pernicious Luxuries”

“Thus to pay the interest of the foreign debt, and to pay four per cent on the whole of the domestic debt, principal and interest, forming a new capital, will require a yearly income of $2,239,163 [dollars] [and] 09 [cents]…but to the sum which has been stated for payment of the interest, must be added a provision for the current service…this sum may, in the opinion of the Secretary, be obtained from the present duties on imports and tonnage, with the additions which, without any possible disadvantage either to trade or agriculture, may be made on wines, spirits, (including those distilled within the United States,) teas, and coffee…that the articles which have been enumerated will, better than most others, bear high duties, can hardly be a question. They are all of them, in reality, luxuries, the greatest part of them foreign luxuries; some of them, in the excess in which they are used, pernicious luxuries…the consumption of ardent spirits particularly, no doubt very much in account of their cheapness, is carried to an extreme, which is truly to be regretted, as well in regard to the health and the morals as to the economy of the community.”

Alexander Hamilton

Report on Public Credit (January 9th, 1790)

Quote of the Week: “I Can Live With It”

“So, this is a huge victory for the good guys! This may even be the turning point of the entire war! There is even a ‘Welcome to the Fight’ party tonight in the war room! So, I lied, I cheated, I bribed men to cover the crimes of other men. I am an accessory to murder, but the most damning thing of all – I think I can live with it, and if I had to do it all over again, I would. Garak was right about one thing – a guilty conscience is a small price to pay for the safety of the Alpha Quadrant, so I will learn to live with it, because I can live with it. I can live with it.”

Captain Benjamin Sisko

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (“In the Pale Moonlight”)

Quote of the Week: The Fruits of the Industrial Revolution

Randy Vining

“It seems to be so wrong that the Industrial Revolution can punch out gadgets, a million Twinkies in a day, if need [be]; there’s enough Twinkies for everybody, and it’s all done by machinery. The fruits of the Industrial Revolution ought to be liberty, and in that liberty people will have the chance to discover who they really are. I mean, I see people’s personality bloom and blossom. I see creativity pouring out of people like this. Not everybody who does this [full-time RV living] is creative, but many are, and the heroes are. They are out there writing, and it’s just one of those amazing coincidences that the thing that is the most fun in the world to do happens to be incredibly cheap and incredibly beneficent, you know? It’s good news for people. We consume less – I personally think that there’s a million people in the United States today that ought to be free, and they are not. If they think they need a million dollars in the banks before they can win their liberty, but the truth is, if you had an income stream of $500 a month after you get your rig, you can live this life and be free, and do the world a favor while you’re at it because your consumption will go way down.”

Randy Vining

Without Bound: Perspectives on Mobile Living

Quote of the Week: In Time of War, the Law Falls Silent

“What about your friend, Senator Cretak? What’s going to happen to her?…You set her up! She was an innocent woman…she believed in the alliance, she was on our side…you don’t see anything wrong with what happened, do you?…you have trampled on the very thing that those young men and women are out there dying to protect! Does that not mean anything to you?!…‘In time of war, the law falls silent.’ Cicero. So, is that what we have become? A 24th century Rome drive by nothing other than the certainty that Caesar can do no wrong?!”

Doctor Julian Bashir

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (“Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges”)