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Quotation Of The Day

A place to post quotations that inspired you, made your day better, or made you pause and think.

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Comment by Daniel W on August 18, 2017 at 11:24pm

"When I see the Confederate flag, I see the attempt to raise an empire in slavery. It really, really is that simple. I don't understand how anybody with any sort of education on the Civil War can see anything else."


Ta-Nehisi Coates

Alan, I think the statements about those statues being history lessons, are just talking points by reactionaries.  Instead, there should be statues of Sojourner Truth, Booker T Washington, Shirley Chisolm, Barbara Jordan, Langston Hughes, WEB Dubois, Frederick Douglas, etc, and the Buffalo Soldiers, and more.  Those honor and inspire.

Comment by Chris on August 18, 2017 at 8:14pm

One of the things I heard regarding the Confederate monuments is to put them into exclusive Confederate graveyards. 

Anyone who knows the slightest  history knows there are few exclusive Confederate graveyards.  

There were a few land barons in the South who owned slaves- common whites didn't.  

There were battles among Southerners  who opposed each other.

Comment by Chris on August 18, 2017 at 8:04pm

As terrible as my language/spelling  is, I'm going to bow to the definition of Fascism.

I don't think the link provided the definition above defines fascism.

My understanding is Fascism is government controlled by corporations. 

That  in itself isn't nationalism.

Comment by Gary S on August 18, 2017 at 7:53pm

All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.

- Immanuel Kant

Comment by Alan Perlman on August 18, 2017 at 7:21pm

"I think it wiser not to open the sores of war, but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife and to commit to oblivion the feelings it engendered."

Robert E. Lee, on not building Confederate monuments

Put all the Confederate stuff in museums and not out in public, where it can piss people off.  There's a good reason why Germany is not festooned with memorabilia of the Third Reich.  Memory and history are enough. Maybe if the Union had followed Lee's advice -- obliterated every trace of the illegitimate nation and its vile doctrines -- in 1865, we'd be looking at a very different 2017.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 18, 2017 at 8:46am

If Jesus had been an actual historical figure we have a thorny paradox. Either this Jesus was a remarkable individual who said and did a host of amazing, revolutionary things – but no one outside his fringe cult noticed for over a century. Or he didn’t – and yet shortly after his death, tiny communities of worshipers that cannot agree about the most basic facts of his life spring up, scattered all across the empire. The truth is inescapable: there simply could never have been a historical Jesus.
― David Fitzgerald

Love it ... mythicism in a nutshell!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 17, 2017 at 10:35pm

World history is the history of crime.

P.D. Ouspensky

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 17, 2017 at 5:41pm

Charles Pierce on Dolt 45's evolving status:

They call the wind Pariah.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 17, 2017 at 6:32am

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Short, pointed, and utterly correct, Herr Goethe, never mind highly applicable in the here and now.

Comment by Gary S on August 16, 2017 at 8:08pm

I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches.

- Alice Roosevelt Longworth

I've read that she supposedly lost her faith when she was 15. I still wish I could have done it as quick as her.

 

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