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323. Every time any church gets control of government the people suffer. It has always happened. That’s why our Founding Fathers established a country where that was not supposed to happen, where everybody was free to worship at the altar of their choice. (Religion & Government) Bill Cooper
324. I have certain rules I live by. My first rule: I don’t believe anything the government tells me. (Government & Rules & Belief) George Carlin
29,512. The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today – my own government. (King & Vietnam & Violence & Government & Terrorism) Martin Luther King junior, cited King in the Wilderness, Sky Atlantic 2018
109,719. ‘Governments will never save the people. They exist to exploit and destroy the people. There is but one force that can save the people and that is the people themselves.’ (Anarchy & Government & People & Biography) Ethel McDonald, cited An Anarchist’s Story: Ethel McDonald, 2006
99,559. Give evidence at a Select Committee in the House of Commons … Public Bodies: Quangos: they’re looking at patronage … they’re looking at the appointments’ system. (Government & Civil Service & Honours & Committee) Mark Thomas Comedy Product s6e6
99,460. There’s about a 1,000 of them. There’s 30,000 people who sit on them … They’ve got budgets of billions … It’s like the Queen’s New Year’s Honuors List … They’ve got more power than MPs … (Government & Civil Service & Honours & Committee) ibid.
99,461. They have the ‘Government Wine Committee’ … (Government & Civil Service & Honours & Commitee) ibid.
102,968. My government will sell off water and electricity, legalise burglary by MI5, introduce football membership cards, scrap employment protection and destroy Kent. In fact my government will do anything it damn well pleases. Spitting Image s5e5, Queen’s speech
94,949. To see the easiness with which the many are governed by the few; and to observe the implicit submission with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers. When we enquire by what means this wonder is brought about, we shall find, that as Force is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. ’Tis therefore, on opinion only that government is founded; and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments, as well as to the most free and most popular. (Government & Govern & Ruler & Force) David Hume
94,951. The power of the Sword is, and ever hath been, the Foundation of all Titles to Government. (Force & Sword & Government) David Hume
108,112. Classical liberal; second, libertarian socialist; third, state socialist; fourth, state capitalist: I want to consider each in turn. Noam Chomsky, lecture Government in the Future, Poetry Center of New York 1970
108,113. Marx: The alienation of labour when work is external to the worker not part of his nature so that he does not fulfil himself in his work but denies himself and is physically exhausted and mentally debased; this alienated labour that casts some of the workers back into a barbarous kind of work and turns others into machines thus depriving man of his species character of free conscious activity and productive life. (Labour & Work & Job) ibid. Karl Marx
108,114. Industry can only be democratically owned and controlled by the workers electing directly from their own ranks industrial administrative committees. (Government & Industry) ibid.
108,115. It’s a bit difficult to take seriously arguments about efficiency in a society that devotes such enormous resources to waste and destruction. (Government & Efficiency) ibid.
108,116. You can’t vote the rascals out because you never voted them in in the first place: the corporate executive and the corporate lawyers and so on who overwhelmingly staff the executive assisted increasingly by a university-based mandarin class – these people remain in power no matter whom you elect. (Government & Election & Vote & Corporation & Power ibid.
94,959. Such ideas have ample resonance until today, including Locke’s stern doctrine that common people should be denied the right even to discuss public affairs. This doctrine remains a basic principle of modern democratic states, now implemented by a variety of means to protect the operations of the state from public scrutiny: classification of documents on the largely fraudulent pretext of national security, clandestine operations, and other measures to bar the rascal multitude from the political arena. (Government & Politics & Public & Democracy) Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy
94,963. After the American revolution, rebellious and independent farmers had to be taught by force that the ideals expressed in the pamphlets of 1776 were not to be taken seriously. The common people were not to be represented by countrymen like themselves, that know the people's sores, but by gentry, merchants, lawyers, and others who hold or serve private power. Jefferson and Madison believed that power should be in the hands of the ‘natural aristocracy’. (Government & Politics & Public & Power & Democracy & Aristocracy & United States of America) ibid.
107,156. These studies demonstrate fairly persuasively that there is systematic, sustained and dedicated commitment to assist, to retain, to entrench the tragic farce of popular government without popular information. Noam Chomsky, ‘Protecting Corporate Power Against Democracy’, lecture July 1995 Youtube
107,992. The government has a defect: it’s potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they’re pure tyrannies. So therefore you want to keep corporations invisible and focus all anger on the government. (Fascism & Government & Corporation) Noam Chomsky
94,989. Whatever the strength of the army and the ubiquitousness of the secret police which such a government may have at its disposal, it would be naive to believe that those instruments of physical oppression can suffice. Such a government can maintain itself in power only if it succeeds in making people believe that it performs an important social function which could not be discharged in its absence. Alexander Gerschenkron
94,956. There can be no form of government without its proper mysteries ... Ignorance, and admiration arising from ignorance, are the parents of civil devotion and obedience. Clement Walker, historian
85,609. The arts of power and its minions are the same in all countries and in all ages. It marks a victim; denounces it; and excites the public odium and the public hatred, to conceal its own abuses and encroachments. (Power & Government) Henry Clay 1777-1852, American politician
85,610. The lessons of paternalism ought to be unlearned and the better lesson taught that, while the people should patriotically and cheerfully support their government, its functions do not include the support of the people. (Power & Government) Grover Cleveland 1837-1908
91,919. Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. (Tyranny & Power & Government) Thomas Jefferson
500. Certainly, no power to prescribe any religious exercise, or to assume authority in religious discipline, has been delegated to the General Government. (Religion & Government) Thomas Jefferson
501. Believing ... that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof’, thus building a wall of separation between church and state. (Religion & Government) Thomas Jefferson
4,477. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty. (People & Government & Tyranny) Thomas Jefferson
4,514. Experience declares that man is the only animal which devours its ownkind, for I can apply no milder term to the governments of Europe, and to the general prey of the rich on the poor. (Man & Animal & Government & Rich & Poor) Thomas Jefferson, letter 1787
5,407. The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. (Civil Liberty & Liberty & Government) Thomas Jefferson
4,961. A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference. (Right & Government & Human Rights) Thomas Jefferson
5,158. A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities. (Labour & Government & Industry) Thomas Jefferson