War, Corporatism and Liberty

Posted by ProjectC 

"War, to the increasing exclusion of everything else, is the only thing that America collectively cares about anymore. We don't manufacture much of anything; just war. We don't concern ourselves with education; just war. We don't attend to the 40 million Americans without health coverage; just war. We don't focus on the 30 million American children living in poverty; just war. We don't support the arts; just war. Even though a multitude of human needs were in existence prior to September 11, and have only increased since then, we continue to direct our attention and our resources into what we do best: war. Just war."

David Potorti, brother of WTC victim

"War is the biggest business in America."

Jim Garrison, New Orleans District Attorney, prosecutor in the 1967 JFK assassination conspiracy trial

"Although the privileged of this world can accept the existence of poverty on a massive scale and not be overawed by it, problems begin when the causes of this poverty are pointed out to them. Once causes are determined, then there is talk of 'social injustice,' and the privileged begin to resist. This is especially true when to structural analysis there is added a concrete historical perspective in which personal responsibilities come to light. But it is the consientization and resultant organization of poor sectors that rouse the greatest fears and the strongest resistance."

Gustavo Gutierrez, A Theology of Liberation

"Why of course the people don't want war ... But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship ...Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."

Hermann Goering, Nazi leader, at the Nuremberg Trials after World War II

" Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power."

Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), Fascist Dictator of Italy

"[True] liberty...means allowing people freely to say things you do not want to hear."

George Orwell