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Carl Sagan on materialism

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

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George Orwell on food politics

“Would it not be better if they [the poor] spent more money on wholesome things like oranges and wholemeal bread or if they even, like the writer of the letter to the New Statesman, saved on fuel and ate their … Continue reading

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Carl Sagan and Marx on science

“If we lived on a planet where nothing ever changed, there wouldn’t be much to do. There would be nothing to figure out. There would be no impetus for science. And if we lived in an unpredictable world where things … Continue reading

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Holy crap

Amazing Video of the Record-Shattering Space Jump: “I’m going home now” The last words of the daredevil, Felix Baumgartner, before he jumped off the edge of his capsule were If you could see what I could see. Sometimes you have … Continue reading

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Trotsky on the police

The worker who becomes a policeman in the service of the capitalist state, is a bourgeois cop, not a worker. Of late years, these policemen have had to do much more fighting with revolutionary workers than with Nazi students. Such training does not fail to leave its effects. And above all: every policeman knows that though governments may change, the police remains.

Leon Trotsky, Fascism: What it is and how to fight it

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Against “ethical” consumerism; for socialist planning

“The assumption behind consumer activism is that we’re limited to shopping to express our discontent. This is effectively saying the neoclassical economists are right: the economy runs on consumer preferences, not exploitation.  This shifts blame onto individual consumers for the … Continue reading

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Trotsky on “socialist psychology”

  “Many socialist ideologues (ideologues in the bad sense of the word – those who stand everything on its head) speak of preparing the proletariat for socialism in the sense of its being morally regenerated. The proletariat, and even ‘humanity’ … Continue reading

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