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Britain, the US, Australia share a phenomenon: each has a political opposition in name only. Every few years a game is played when major parties with the same (more or less) economic, social and war-making policies convince voters they are different. This is known as ‘democracy’. John Pilger, tweet 10 May 2022
All parties without exception, when they seek for power, are varieties of absolutism. Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
You pompously call yourselves Republicans and Democrats. There is no Republican party. There is no Democrat party. There are no Republicans nor Democrats in this House. You are lick-splitters and panderers, the creatures of the Plutocracy. Jack London, The Iron Heel
Our political class has merged into one … With their shrunken ambition … they have little to communicate about. George Galloway, address Oxford Union, Youtube 2013 39.03
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. Lord Scarman, The Shape of Things to Come, 1989
A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life. John Stuart Mill
In individuals insanity is rare, but in groups, parties, nations and epochs it is the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche
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. Adolf Hitler
In the final account all party politics stink. Fanny Cradock, The Parkinson Show
Party is organized opinion. Benjamin Disraeli, speech Oxford 25th November 1864
I believe that without party, parliamentary government is impossible. Benjamin Disraeli, speech Manchester 3rd April 1872
There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour. Benjamin Disraeli, Vivian Grey
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. Thomas Paine, First Principles of Government
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. 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 Bayler & Carol Cleveland & Spike Milligan et al, director Terry Jones
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. Noam Chomsky
There is essentially one political party, the business party, with two factions. Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy
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. ibid.
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. Noam Chomsky, lecture 8th July 2017, ‘The Corporatization of the Universities’, Youtube 1.39.35
The United States is essentially a one-party state: it has two factions of the business party. Noam Chomsky, Conversation with Charlie Rose 2003, Youtube 54.54
Both parties shifted to the right as everywhere in the world, and the Republicans just went off the spectrum. Noam Chomsky: The Empire’s Election Extravaganza, interview Abby Martin: The Empire Files, Youtube 2015
Party loyalty dictated how the central laws of the land are made and unmade, and political careers determined. Inside the Commons III, BBC 2015
Last year has seen a fracturing of our party system, and the loosening of the grip of the whips. ibid.
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
All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies. Dr John Arbuthnot
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. George Orwell, 1984
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. ibid.
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. ibid.
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. ibid.
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. ibid.
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. ibid.
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. ibid.
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. ibid.
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.
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. George Orwell, Politics and the English Language