First Words

Epiphanies, Rants & Other Thoughts


| January / February 2003


??If a voter has a choice between a Republican and a Democrat who acts like a Republican, he?ll vote for the Republican every time.?
Harry S. Truman, former U.S. President

?Speak your mind, even when your voice shakes.?
Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Gray Panthers, quoted on a bumper sticker

?We have become a culture of the copy, rather than a culture of the masterpiece. We no longer deal with original ideas but with regurgitated clich?s. Look at cloning. A clone is a copy. Sex, on the other hand, breeds originality. You get something entirely new. Does anyone believe you can have a livable world based on copy? Rejecting the copy will do interesting things to your purchasing habits, and to your experience of beauty and integrity.?
Carolyn Raffensperger, environmental activist, The Sun (November 2002)

?Technologies which are environmentally more sustainable are less prone to being hijacked by those intent on harm. No terrorist is going to make governments tremble by threatening to bomb a wind turbine, or release clouds of compost over our cities.?
Jonathon Porritt, English environmentalist, Resurgence (Sept./Oct. 2002)

?The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the public alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.?
H.L. Mencken quoted by Noam Chomsky in Z Magazine (October 2002)

?You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.?
Jeanette Rankin, first woman in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1917?1919, 1940?1942, (R-Montana)