Notably Quotable: “Five years from now, people will look back and say…”

“Five years from now, people will look back and say, what were you doing? You had a fever going on related to President Trump. The guy broke the law. He’s a traitor to the Constitution of the United States. You took an oath to the Constitution you’re going to disavow for him? Why are you doing that?”

— Anthony Scaramucci, Former Trump official compares GOP to French collaborators who helped the Nazis


“American capital needs fresh meat to consume. The average American is now broke. They literally die in debt — which means they never earn, save, or own anything across a lifetime. They are poor people now. What made the average American broke? In large part, healthcare. The cost of capitalist healthcare is so astronomically high that it’s simply driven a whole nation into a weird kind of neo poverty. Your money — or your life. Americans are broke — they have nothing left to give. They’re so broke they’re indebted. They’re done. Capitalism used them up, and now they’re worthless to it — which is precisely why they’ve been abandoned and neglected. So the American capitalist machine needs fresh lives to exploit, and it needs them now. How else are profits going to keep on rising…forever?”

— Umair Haque, American Healthcare’s Coming to Britain to Make a Killing. Brits Don’t Know What’s About to Hit Them.


“When a minimum of a million dollars is required of House candidates and elected judges, and when patriotism is for the draft-free to extol and for the ordinary citizen to serve, in such times it is a simple act of bad faith to claim that politics-as-we-now-know-it can miraculously cure the evils which are essential to its existence.”

— Sheldon Wolin, “Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism” (2008)


“Obama’s post-presidency is grating and full of contradictions. He considers himself a success but the mere fact of Trump’s presidency belies this. He won on hope and counsels hopelessness.”

—David Klion, Jewish Currents, Obama privately considered leading ‘Stop-Bernie campaign’ to combat Sanders 2020 surge


“Bottom line: people have steadily lost power and money since the 1980’s, while corporations and the rich have dramatically increased their share of wealth and power over that time.”

— John Atcheson, Sorry, President Obama—But We Do Need To Tear Down The System


“We’re rapidly becoming like a a third world country — with nukes.”

— Chris Hedges, Who Killed the American Dream?