Notably Quotable: “Never underestimate the power of stupid people…”

“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

— George Carlin


“Democrats who are reluctant to impeach might want to take note of the reaction from voters in Republican Justin Amash’s district.”

— John Nichols,

“Optimism is a political act. Those who benefit from the status quo are perfectly happy for us to think nothing is going to get any better. In fact, these days, cynicism is obedience.”

— Alex Steffen, The Bright Green City


“The crusade for the unborn fires up Christian zealots and anti-abortion fanatics with righteous indignation that can lead to violence. It fosters a self-adulatory and repugnant moral absolutism. But its ultimate goal is to strip women of control of their bodies to reverse the decline in births, especially white births, as well as reinstate a tyrannical patriarchy.”

— Chris Hedges, “The Abortion Debate Is Not About The Sanctity Of Life — It’s About Corporate Capitalism” (5/20/19)


“Preventive war is like committing suicide out of fear of death.”

― Otto von Bismarck


“If I were hungry and friendless today, I would rather take my chances with a saloon-keeper than with the average preacher.”
― Eugene V. Debs


“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility.” 
— Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Discourse in the Age of Show Business