“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

Winston ChurchillWinston Churchill

“Adam Smith created a vision of an imaginary world. Men like Smith are idealists. Maybe even utopians. To understand the history of capitalism however we have to begin by realizing that the picture we have in our heads of workers who dutifully punch the clock at 8:00 a.m. and receive regular remuneration every Friday on the basis of a temporary contract, that either party is free to break off at any time, began as a utopian vision. It was only gradually put into effect even in England and North America, and has never at any point been the main way of organizing production for the market. Ever. Anywhere. He created the vision of an imaginary world almost entirely free of debt and credit and therefore free of guilt and sin. A world where men and women were free to simply calculate their interests in full knowledge that everything had been prearranged by God to ensure that it will serve the greater good. Such imaginary constructs are of course what scientists referred to as models and there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with them. Actually, I think a fair case can be made that we cannot think without them. The problem with such models, at least it always seems to happen when we model something called the market, is that once created we have a tendency to treat them as objective realities or even fall down before them and start worshiping them as gods.”

David GraeberDavid Graeber

“Look inside yourself and touch that terror and loathing of any difference that lives there. See whose face it wears.”

Audre LordeAudre Lorde

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

Kim Malone ScottKim Malone Scott

“Burning books was an incomprehensible act, and most people who didn’t even read would fight for the right to open any book they chose. Those in power fear free minds, and nothing unlocked thinking like literature.”

Nguyễn Phan Quế MaiNguyễn Phan Quế Mai

“Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but, rather, an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.”

Vacaville HavelVacaville Havel

“Man’s capacity to rise above his social and historical situation seems to be conditioned by the sensitivity with which he recognizes the extent of his involvement in it.”

E.H. CarrE.H. Carr

“Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”

Victor HugoVictor Hugo

“Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.”

Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift

“Everyone is familiar with the slogan ‘The personal is political’ — not only that what we experience on a personal level has profound political implications, but that our interior lives, our emotional lives are very much informed by ideology. We oftentimes do the work of the state in and through our interior lives.”

Angela Y. DavisAngela Y. Davis