“The U.S. isn’t Iran, where say candidates are vetted by the clergy before you can vote for them and then you get a democratic vote. In the United States they’re vetted by concentrations of private capital, and then you get a vote. It’s a difference. But not a very substantial one.” – Noam Chomsky, SUNY New Paltz, Sunday 4 December 2011, at an event with Anthony Arnove, honoring the legacy and work of historian Howard Zinn
“One of the signs of the present time is the idea of participation, the right that all persons have to participate in the construction of their own common good. For this reason, one of the most dangerous abuses of the present time is repression, the attitude that says, ‘Only we can govern, no one else; get rid of them.'” – Óscar Romero, 10 July 1977, born 15 August 1917 – assassinated 24 March 1980
“If the mainspring of popular government in peacetime is virtue, the mainspring of popular government in revolution is both virtue and terror: virtue, without which terror is disastrous; terror, without which virtue is powerless. Terror is nothing but prompt, severe, inflexible justice; it is therefore an emanation of virtue; it is not so much a specific principle as a consequence of the general principle of democracy applied to our homeland’s most pressing needs. […]
“Let tyranny reign for a single day; the next day not a patriot will remain. For how long will the rage of despots be called justice, and the people’s justice be called barbarity or rebellion? How tender people are towards oppressors and how inexorable towards the oppressed! Nothing could be more natural: who does not hate crime cannot love virtue.
“One or the other must succumb, however. Indulgence for the royalists, cry certain people. Mercy for scoundrels! No!: mercy for the innocent, mercy for the weak, mercy for the unfortunate, mercy for humanity!” – Maximilien Robespierre, On the Principles of Political Morality
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It is worth repeating that for all their praise of “orderly transitions” the bourgeoisie came to power through some of the most tumultuous revolutions in history.
by V. I. LENIN
from “Trade-Unionist Politics and Social-Democratic[Socialist] Politics: The Working Class As Vanguard Fighter for Democracy” in What Is To Be Done?: Burning Questions of Our Movement.
“…the Social-Democrat [Socialist]’s ideal should not be the trade union secretary, but the tribune of the people, who is able to react to every manifestation of tyranny and oppression, no matter where it appears, no matter what stratum or class of the people it affects; who is able to generalise all these manifestations and produce a single picture of police violence and capitalist exploitation; who is able to take advantage of every event, however small, in order to set forth before all their socialist convictions and their democratic demands, in order to clarify for all and everyone the world-historic significance of the struggle for the emancipation of the proletariat”.