#653

For art to be ‘un-political’ means only to ally itself with the ruling group.
Bertolt Brecht, A Short Organum for the Theatre

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#564

From the very beginning the proletariat is nothing more than an immediate political interest in the abolition of every aspect of the existing order.
Mario Tronti – the Strategy of Refusal

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#522

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.
Audre Lorde

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#520

Patriarchy for it’s effective exercise depends not so much on raw power or legal authority, as on a recognition by all concerned of it’s legitimacy, hallowed by ancient tradition, moral theology and political theory. It survives so long as it is not questioned and challenged.
Lawrence Stone

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#512

In the present state of history, all political writing can only confirm a police-universe, just as all intellectual writing can only produce para-literature which does not dare any longer to tell its name.
Roland Barthes

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#484

Being a leftist is a calling, not a career; it’s a vocation, not a profession. It means you are concerned about structural violence, you are concerned about exploitation at the work place, you are concerned about institutionalized contempt against gay brothers and lesbian sisters, hatred against peoples of color, and the subordination of women. It means that you are willing to fight against, and to try to understand the sources of social misery at the structural and institutional levels, as well as at the existential and personal levels. That’s what it means to be a leftist; that’s why we choose to be certain kinds of human beings.
Cornel West

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#475

It seems to me that the real political task in a society such as ours is to criticize the workings of institutions, which appear to be both neutral and independent; to criticize and attack them in such a manner that the political violence which has always exercised itself obscurely through them will be unmasked, so that one can fight against them.
Michael Foucault

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#433

The trouble is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There’s no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.
Arundhati Roy

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#378

This city is afraid of me. I see its true face. The streets are extended of the gutter, filled with blood. And if the drain becomes clogged, drown them all. The accumulated dirt from their dirty deedswill opschuimen their belly …and all the whores and politicians will cry: ‘Help us’. And I’ll whisper no. The world ison the edge of the abyss.
Watchmen (the movie)

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#360

Being, metaphysics (thought) passes over into politics (into reality), just as on the threshold of bare life, politics steps beyond itself into theory.
Giorgio Agamben, Homo Sacer

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#250

Madness is rare in individuals – but in groups, political parties, nations, and eras it’s the rule.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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