Daniel Singer: “Exceptional situations” are “infectious phenomena”

“Revision of values is an infectious phenomenon. When the productive machine grinds to a halt, the cogs themselves begin to wonder about their function. When there is no gasoline, when public transport has come to a halt, when there is no smoke coming out of the factory’s chimney, no normal work in the office, when […]

Leon Trotsky on the “Burning Desire for Revenge”

“To learn to see all the crimes against humanity, all the indignities to which the human body and spirit are subjected, as the twisted outgrowths and expressions of the existing social system, in order to direct all our energies into a collective struggle against this system – that is the direction in which the burning desire for revenge can find its highest moral satisfaction.” – Leon Trotsky, “Why Marxists Oppose Individual Terrorism”, November 1911

(Thanks Pete!)