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128,653. Our political class has merged into one … with their shrunken ambition … They have little to communicate about. (Politics & Parties Political) George Galloway, address Oxford Union, Youtube 2013 39.03
4,432. The people as a source of sovereign power are in truth only occasional partners in the constitutional minuet danced for most of the time by Parliament and the political party in power. (People & Power & Government & Democracy & Parties Political & Parliament) Lord Scarman, The Shape of Things to Come 1989
85,633. A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life. (Power & Parties Political & Politics) John Stuart Mill
4,443. In individuals insanity is rare, but in groups, parties, nations and epochs it is the rule. (People & Groups & Parties Political & Nation & Insanity & Society) Friedrich Nietzsche
27,535. The party will live on – irrelevant of the weak or the strong – to determine the future of the German nation. This I believe and this I know. (Nazis: Hitler & Parties Political) Adolf Hitler
45,289. In the final account all party politics stink. (Politics & Parties Political) Fanny Craddock, The Parkinson Show
45,329. Party is organized opinion. (Politics & Parties Political) Benjamin Disraeli, speech Oxford 25th November 1864
45,331. I believe that without party, parliamentary government is impossible. (Politics & Parties Political & Government) Benjamin Disraeli, speech Manchester 3rd April 1872
45,333. There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour. (Politics & Parties Political) Benjamin Disraeli, Vivian Grey
49,815. It is the nature and intention of a constitution to prevent governing by party, by establishing a common principle that shall limit and control the power and impulse of party, and that says to all parties, thus far shalt thou go and no further. But in the absence of a constitution, men look entirely to party; and instead of principle governing party, party governs principle. (Democracy & Parties Political) Thomas Paine, First Principles of Government
57,116. Brian: Are you the Judean People’s Front?
Reg: Fuck off! Judean People’s Front! We’re the People’s Front of Judea. Judean People’s Front cor!
Other bloke: Wankers.
Brian: I hate the Romans as much as anybody. ibid. Brian
Reg: The only people we hate more than the Romans are the fucking Judean People’s Front. (Jesus Christ & Politics & Parties Political) Monty Python’s Life of Brian 1979 ***** starring Graham Chapman & John Cleese & Terry Gilliam & Eric Idle & Terry Jones & Michael Palin & Kenneth Colley & Neil Innes & Gwen Taylor & Terence barler & Carol Cleveland & Spike Milligan et al, director Terry Jones
69,774. In the US there is basically one party – the business party. It has two factions, called Democrats and Republicans, which are somewhat different but carry out variations on the same policies. By and large, I am opposed to those policies. As is most of the population. (Democrats & Republicans & Parties Political) Noam Chomsky
94,982. There is essentially one political party, the business party, with two factions. (Politics & Parties Political) Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy
94,983. The ideological system is bounded by the consensus of the privileged. Elections are largely a ritual form. In congressional elections virtually all incumbents are returned to office, a reflection of the vacuity of the political system and the choices it offers. (Parties Political & Politics & Elections & Privilege & Consensus) ibid.
108,876. The drift of both political parties to the right – the Republicans by now off the spectrum of traditional politics – that’s an aspect of the neoliberal assault, it’s turning the United States into a plutocracy. (Democrats & Republicans & Right Wing & Parties Political) Noam Chomsky, lecture 8th July 2017, ‘The Corporatization of the Universities’, Youtube 1.39.35
76,503. Party loyalty dictated how the central laws of the land are made and unmade, and political careers determined. (House of Commons & Parties Political) Inside the Commons III
76,505. Last year has seen a fracturing of our party system, and the loosening of the grip of the whips. (House of Commons & Parties Political) ibid.
84,695. Unfortunately whenever we get into power with either one of these parties we find that the one crying need of our people – the redistribution of wealth, so that none would be too poor and none would be too rich – is always neglected by the party that is in power. Huey Long
84,696. All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies. Dr John Arbuthnot
72,616. Then the face of Big Brother faded away and instead the three slogans of the Party stood out in bold capitals: War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. (Fascism & Parties Political & Big Brother) George Orwell, 1984
84,697. The two aims of the Party are to conquer the whole surface of the earth and to extinguish once and for all the possibility of independent thought. There are therefore two great problems which the Party is concerned to solve. One is how to discover against his will what another human being is thinking and the other is how to kill several hundred million people in a few seconds without giving warning beforehand. (Fascism & Parties Political) ibid.
96,984. A ruling group is a ruling group so long as it can nominate its successors. The Party is not concerned with perpetuating its blood but with perpetuating itself. Who wields power is not important, provided that the hierarchical structure remains always the same. (Heredity & Parties Political) ibid.
96,985. A Party member lives from birth to death under the eye of the Thought Police. Even when he is alone he can never be sure that he is alone. Wherever he may be, asleep or awake, working or resting in his bath or in bed, he can be inspected without warning and without knowing that he is being inspected. (Fascism & Parties Political) ibid.
96,986. At all times the Party is in possession of absolute truth, and clearly the absolute can never have been different from what it is now. It will be seen that the control of the past depends above all on the training of memory. (Parties Political & Past) ibid.
96,991. There is no way in which the Party can be overthrown. The rule of the Party is for ever. Make that the starting-point of your thoughts. (Fascism & Parties Political) ibid.
70,097. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness; only power, pure power ... Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. (Dictatorship & Power & Parties Political & Fascism) ibid.
96,996. It will be a world of terror as much as a world of triumph. The more the Party is powerful, the less it will be tolerant: the weaker the opposition, the tighter the despotism. (Power & Parties Political) ibid.
96,997. He could not fight against the Party any longer. Besides, the Party was in the right. It must be so: how could the immortal, collective brain be mistaken? By what external standard could you check its judgements? ibid.
84,704. Political language – and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists – is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. (Politics & Parties Political) George Orwell, Politics and the English Language
84,698. The best party is but a kind of conspiracy against the rest of the nation. George Savile 1633-95, Political, Moral and Miscellaneous Thoughts and Reflections 1750
84,699. However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion. George Washington
84,700. The success of a party means little except when the Nation is using that party for a large and definite purpose Woodrow Wilson, first inaugural address March 1913
84,701. Whichever party is in office, the Treasury is in power. (Parties Political & Treasury) Harold Wilson
84,702. The United States has only one party – the property party. It’s the party of big corporations, the party of money. It has two right wings; one is Democrat and the other is Republican. (Parties Political & Democrats & Republicans) Gore Vidal
84,703. Neither political party is clean when it comes to tactics that divide our people. Roy Barnes
84,705. Party leads to vicious, corrupt and unprofitable legislation, for the sole purpose of defeating party. James Fenimore Cooper, The American Democrat