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Corruption Quotes

 

"If you are not part of the solution, there is money to be made by prolonging the problem."
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"The big thieves hang the little ones." - -- Czech Proverb
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“Corporations care very much about maintaining the myth that government is necessarily ineffective, except when it is spending money on the military-industrial complex, building prisons, or providing infrastructural support for the business sector.” Michael Lerner
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“Neither your life nor my life, nor the future of this country, will be affected in the slightest by whether Linda Tripp is naughty or nice. But if any president is able to commit crimes with impunity by using the vast powers and perquisites of his office to cover up, then we will have a danger of corruption and abuse of power that can only grow with the passing years and generations.” Thomas Sowell
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“Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.” Thomas Jefferson
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“It is foolish in the extreme not only to resort to force before necessity compels, but especially to madly create the conditions that will lead to this necessity.” Benjamin Tucker, Liberty , May 22, 1886
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“The efficiency of the truly national leader consists primarily in preventing the division of the attention of a people, and always in concentrating it on a single enemy.” Adolf Hitler
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“The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.” Marie Beyle
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“It's quite nice when you've been generally dissed about your irrelevancy and then suddenly have people coming on bended knee and saying we need you to come back.” Edward Mortimer, senior aide to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.
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“It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs.” Albert Einstein
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“The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.” Gore Vidal
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“Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?” Kahlil Gibran
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“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
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“We must become the owners, or at any rate the controllers at the source, of at least a proportion of the oil which we require.” British Royal Commission, agreeing with Winston Churchill's policy towards Iraq , 1913
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“Some explanations of a crime are not explanations: they're part of the crime.” Olavo de Cavarlho
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“I firmly believe that when any territory outside the present territorial limits of the United States becomes necessary for our defense or essential for our commercial development, we ought to lose no time in acquiring it.” Sen. Orville Platt of Connecticut, 1894
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“Must we, under the happy hope of a false tranquility, sacrifice to the people in power the public welfare, and under vain pretence of preserving the peace, abandon the empire to robbers who would plunder it” Helvetius
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“A modern gentleman is necessarily the enemy of his country. Even in war he does not fight to defend it, but to prevent his power of preying on it from passing to a foreigner.”
George Bernard Shaw
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“To sin is a human business, to justify sins is a devilish business.” Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian author
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“Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The Bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create deposits, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take it away from them, and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear and they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in. But, if you wish to remain the slaves of Bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create deposits.” Sir Josiah Stamp (1880-1941), President of the Bank of England in the 1920's, the second richest man in Britain
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“When the President starts lying he begins to need evidence to back up his lies because in this democracy he is questioned on his statements. It then percolates down through the bureaucracy that you are helping the Boss if you come up with evidence that is supportive of our public position and you are distinctly unhelpful if you commit to paper statements that might leak to the wrong people.

“The effect of that is to poison the flow of information to the President himself and to create a situation where a President can be almost, to use a metaphor, psychotically divorced from the realities in which he is acting…” Daniel Ellsburg, to the US Senate on Foreign Relations, May 13, 1970
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“If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged.” Noam Chomsky
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“Surely no rational or realistic person will discount the possibility that [during wartime] the United States might suddenly resort to nuclear weapons. Those who retain the instinct for survival, not to speak of minimal concern for their fellow man, will seek ways to act before rather than after the event.” Noam Chomsky, At War with Asia (1970), p. 52
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“Our crimes, for which we are responsible: as taxpayers, for failing to provide massive reparations, for granting refuge and immunity to the perpetrators, and for allowing the terrible facts to be sunk deep in the memory hole. All of this is of great significance, as it has been in the past.” Noam Chomsky, 9-11, p. 46
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“It's amazing how people can get so excited about a rocket to the moon and not give a damn about smog, oil leaks, the devastation of the environment with pesticides, hunger, disease. When the poor share some of the power that the affluent now monopolize, we will give a damn.” Cesar Estrada Chavez Biography, Farm Workers' Union Founder, Human Rights Activist, 1927-1993
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