11 m ago in Quotes
[Justice] demands seclusion, it permits sorrow rather than anger, and it prescribes the most careful abstention from all the nice pleasures of putting oneself in the limelight.
"Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil"
Tagsjustice
  2 y ago in Quotes
I'll be honest with you
I hate war in all its forms
Physical, psychological, spiritual
Emotional, environmental
I hate war

And I hate having to struggle, I honestly do
Because I wish I had been born into a world where it's unnecessary
This context of struggle and being a warrior and being a struggler
Has been forced on me by oppression

Otherwise I would be a, a sculptor, or a gardener, carpenter
You know, I would be free to be so much more

I guess part of me or a part of who I am, a part of what I do
Is being a warrior, a reluctant warrior, a reluctant struggler
But, I do it because I'm committed to life We can't avoid it,
we can't run away from it

Because to do that is to be cowardice
To do that is to be subservient to devils, subservient to evil
And so that the only way to live on this planet
With any human dignity at the moment is to struggle
  3 y ago in Blog

Two things that piss me off

I support the rule of law as it underpins society.

The rule of law also underpinned Nazi Germany. The quality and source of a law does matter, and just blindly saying "it's the law" puts you in real bad company. Furthermore, it's upside down: Society underpins the rule of law! Just laws are made by just people, not the other way around, and following laws does not automatically make you righteous if those laws are not righteous.

There are two sides to every story.

This is bullshit on two levels. First off, there are not just two sides to every stories, there are many. Secondly, not all viewpoints are equal. Charles Manson had his side of the story, too; does that make it valid? When he is accused of murder, saying "but there are two sides to this story!" is not a neutral thing to say, it's not objective or wise. It's at best stupid, at worst sophistry. There is being crude, but there is also being so "nuanced" that you never arrive at any conclusion, ever. I despise that. I'd rather be wrong than be nothing at all.

Also see: Argument to moderation
  4 y ago in Quotes
Behind the technological veil, behind the political veil of democracy reality shows itself: the universal servitude, the loss of human dignity with prefabricated freedom of choice. And the power structure does not appear 'sublimated' anymore in the style of a liberalist culture, not even hypocritical (so that it at least retains the 'formality', the husk of dignity), but brutal, in that it abandons all claim to truth and justice.
"Konterrevolution & Revolte" (1973)
  4 y ago in Quotes
There is no reason to accept the doctrines crafted to sustain power and privilege, or to believe that we are constrained by mysterious and unknown social laws. These are simply decisions made within institutions that are subject to human will and that must face the test of legitimacy. And if they do not meet the test, they can be replaced by other institutions that are more free and more just, as has happened often in the past.
  4 y ago in Quotes
There is in all of us a strong disposition to believe that anything lawful is also legitimate. This belief is so widespread that many persons have erroneously held that things are "just" because the law makes them so.
Tagsjustice law
  5 y ago in Quotes
Only the free have disposition to be truthful,
Only the truthful have the interest to be just,
Only the just possess the will-power to be free.