Notably Quotable: “When plunder becomes a way of life…”


“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”

— Frederic Bastait


“We cannot, we simply cannot, have a presidency that is run as if it were a king or dictator.”

— House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)


“Of course, to stay, you must be seen as on his team, so you make further compromises. You use his language, praise his leadership, tout his commitment to values. And then you are lost. He has eaten your soul.”

— James Comey, How Trump Co-opts Leaders Like Bill Barr (5/1/19)


“The oleaginous Mike Pence, with his talent for toadyism and appetite for obsequiousness, could, Trump knew, become America’s most repulsive public figure.”

— George Will Washington Post


“Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way: Stop participating in it.”

― Noam Chomsky


“Controversies don’t just erupt like a bolt of lightning sparking a fire. No, controversies are created, like an arsonist lighting  match.”

— Brian Stelter, CNN Reliable Sources, (4/14/19)


“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

— James Baldwin