"When it comes to jokes I have always concurred with Schopenhauer in his belief that there's nothing funnier than the sudden apprehension of an incongruity between a general concept and a heterogenous object which is subsumed thereunder, and hence between what is abstract anbd what is perceptive.
When that happens I piss myself."
Introduction, More Viz Crap Jokes (House of Viz, 1999)
"He who was the money owner, now strides in front as a capitalist; the possessor of labour-power follows as his labourer. The one with an air of importance, smirking, intent on business; the other hesitant, like one who is bringing his own hide to market and has nothing to expect but - a hiding."
"Selfish people, when embarked on what they deem to be a noble cause, step over people and use people without realising what they are doing. All of these people he was aligned with for that cause , none have spoken out for him or his family."
Charles Ihetu, son of the boxer Dick Tiger. An advocate of Biafran independence, Tiger is widely regarded as the greatest African boxer, but his legacy been largerly forgotten in his native Nigeria.
"Too long have the workers of the world waited for some Moses to lead them out of bondage. He has not come, he will never come. I would not lead you out if I could; for if you could be led out, you could be led back again.
I would have you make up your minds that there is nothing that you cannot do for yourselves."
"Without violent confrontation with the forces of the state the working class will never break through the deadly, stultifying condition which enmeshes it today.
The class becomes decadent without class violence.
Without a willingness to confront and attack capitalism physically, the state, authority, institutions will continue to flourish. This will mean the ever increasing subordination of every individual, not part of the ruling class, to every facet of the system."
Pick up any newspaper in Europe, Asia or anywhere else, regardless of date. It is only seldom and as if by chance that one finds anything about the basic principles and nature of the processes of love, work and knowledge, their vital neccesity, their interrelationship, their rationality, their seriousness etc.
On the other hand, the newspapers are full of high politics, diplomacy, military and formal events, which have no bearing upon the real process of everyday life. In this way the average working man and woman are imbued with the feeling that ..... they are small, inadequate, superflous, and not much more than an accident in life.
"Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority."
"There is only one answer to the question - what can be done to better this penal system? Nothing. A prison cannot be improved. With the exception of a few unimportant little improvements, there is absolutely nothing to do but demolish it."
Peter Kropotkin "Prisons And Their Moral Influence On Prisoners".
"It is often said that anarchists live in a world of dreams to come and do not see the things which happen today. We see them only too well, and in their true colours, and that is what makes us carry the hatchet into the forests of prejudices that beset us."
Peter Kropotokin, Anarchism: Its Philosophy and Ideal.
"I think the fundamental mistakes made by everyone from groups on the radical left in general to the Red Army Faction itself was that we weren't based enough in reality and were too obsessed with ideology. There were meetings, papers, campigns, concept discussions - but these weren't reality.
Politics means real process. Not ideology. The white European left, and the German left in particular, was more clever than anyone. No one read more or talked more than the left here did. But that's not politics."
Red Army Faction prisoner Helmut Pohl in a 1996 interview. You can read the full interview here.
"The Soviets maintained radically different perspectives than Westerners on the indigenous nature of the Afghan resistance. From the beginning the Soviets believed that it was more of a fundamentalist Islamic movement than it truly is, usually stressing the dominance of the Islamic resistance."
US Army writer Joseph J Collins in "The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan - A Study in the Use of Force in Soviet Foreign Policy" p.124.
I guess after 9/11 it may actually have occured to the US Army that the Soviets were right?