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Edward Abbey – Anarchism is founded on. . .

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Edward AbbeyAnarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.

Edward Abbey   (1927-1989)

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Thomas Jefferson – The greatest good we can do our country

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Thomas JeffersonThe greatest good we can do our country is to heal it’s party divisions and make them one people. I do not speak of their leaders who are incurable, but of the honest and well-intentioned body of the people.

Thomas Jefferson   (1743-1826)

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Carl Sagan – Familiarity of dominance hierarchies

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Carl SaganWe’ve tended in our cosmologies to make things familiar. Despite all our best efforts, we’ve not been very inventive. In the West, Heaven is placid and fluffy, and Hell is like the inside of a volcano. In many stories, both realms are governed by dominance hierarchies headed by gods or devils. Monotheists talked about the king of kings. In every culture we imagined something like our own political system running the Universe. Few found the similarity suspicious.

Carl Sagan   (1934-1996)
Pale Blue Dot

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Hannah Arendt – Speech makes politics

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Hannah ArendtWherever the relevance of speech is at stake, matters become political by definition, for speech is what makes man a political being.

Hannah Arendt   (1906-1975)
The Human Condition

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