Anti-war Activism Dissent Quotes


Anti-war Activist Dissent Quotes

"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running and robbing the country. That's our problem." Howard Zinn, from 'Failure to Quit'
Mahatma Gandhi was not a passivist, he was a passionist. His fire moved people to action. Gary Amirault
"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." Samuel Adams
The feeling of patriotism - It is an immoral feeling because, instead of confessing himself a son of God . . . or even a free man guided by his own reason, each man under the influence of patriotism confesses himself the son of his fatherland and the slave of his government, and commits actions contrary to his reason and conscience." Leo Tolstoy, Patriotism and Government
"But I was not wrong to hope that exposing secrets five presidents had withheld and the lies they told might have benefits for our democracy that were worthy of the risks. Wouldn't you go to jail to help end the war?" - Daniel Ellsberg - Political analyst, Anti-nuclear activist 1931-
“When you give food to the poor, they call you a saint. When you ask why the poor have no food, they call you a communist.” Archbishop Helder Camara, Brazilian liberation theologist
Obedience to Authority: An Experiment View conducted by Stanley Milgram, 1965

"With numbing regularity good people were seen to knuckle under the demands of authority and perform actions that were callous and severe. Men who are in everyday life responsible and decent were seduced by the trappings of authority, by the control of their perceptions, and by the uncritical acceptance of the experimenter's definition of the situation, into performing harsh acts. A substantial proportion of people do what they are told to do, irrespective of the content of the act and without limitations of conscience, so long as they perceive that the command comes from a legitimate authority." Stanley Milgram , 1965

Milgram was a psychologist who performed a series of experiments that proved conclusively that obedience to authority was so ingrained in the average US citizen they were prepared to cause lethal harm to others when instructed by authority figures to do so. All those who took part were first asked if they would be capable of killing or inflicting severe pain on their fellow human beings. 100% replied categorically 'no'. Germans of the WWII era were no different from modern Americans who are presently turning their backs on the very same kind of atrocities committed by the authority of the United States around the world under the banner of the "War on Terrorism."
"COWARDICE, n. A charge often levelled by all-American types against those who stand up for their beliefs by refusing to fight in wars they find unconscionable, and who willingly go to prison or into exile in order to avoid violating their own consciences. These 'cowards' are to be contrasted with red-blooded, 'patriotic' youths who literally bend over, grab their ankles, submit to the government, fight in wars they do not understand (or disapprove of), and blindly obey orders to maim and to kill simply because they are ordered to do so-all to the howling approval of the all-American mob. This type of behavior is commonly termed 'courageous.'" : Chaz Bufe

"Dissent is what rescues democracy from a quiet death behind closed doors." Lewis H. Lapham

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Full (Architect and Geometrist)

"Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence."  Leonardo da Vinci

"To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men."  Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Worse than apathy is defeatism. The defeatist recognizes the problem that the apathetic person doesn't see, yet has convinced himself that there is nothing he can do and therefore washes his hands of all responsibility." Laurence Overmire

Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen, or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say? - Kurt Vonnegut

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. - Oscar Wilde
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor." -  Mark Twain

"There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic...but one must take it because it is right." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." - - Samuel Adams
"Marcus Cicero, over 2000 years ago, defined freedom as participation in power. If you don't participate in power, you are not free. Whoever has the power owns you. If you want to be free you have to participate in power.." - U.S. Senator Mike Gravel - (D-Alaska, 1969-1981)
"One man with courage is a majority." - Thomas Jefferson

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