"The multitude has suddenly become visible, installing itself in the preferential positions of society. Before, if it existed, it passed unnoticed, occupying the background of the social stage; now it has advanced to the floodlights and is the principle character. There are no longer protagonists; there is only the chorus."
— Ortega y Gasset, Revolt of the Masses
"Now the same asshats who constantly chortled ad-phreakin-nauseum about having “won the cold war” can’t follow the the logical implication. Rather, now that it suits, they pompously drone on about how Obama is clueless when he does insist it is over."
"I think Jon Stewart is the most astute political analyst working today. He has more moments of “Eureka” in a single broadcast than a month of editorials. Who else sets off laughter and light bulbs in your head at the same time? If I believed in reincarnation, I would believe Mark Twain alive and well."
— Bill Moyers
"We are Reagan’s children, we are Thatcher’s children… You know, ‘There is no society, there’s just you.’ We bought this stuff hook, line and sinker and we are building that. We’re getting the America we’ve paid for."
— Bill Simon, America as a Horror Show
"The exotic tale of the bomb hidden in the desert is a true story, though. It’s just one that applies to another country. In an extraordinary feat of subterfuge, Israel managed to assemble an entire underground nuclear arsenal – now estimated at 80 warheads, on a par with India and Pakistan – and even tested a bomb nearly half a century ago, with a minimum of international outcry or even much public awareness of what it was doing."
— Julian Borger, The truth about Israel’s secret nuclear arsenal
"Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight. He may have committed a crime to do so, but he has done his country a great service. It is time for the United States to offer Mr. Snowden a plea bargain or some form of clemency that would allow him to return home, face at least substantially reduced punishment in light of his role as a whistle-blower, and have the hope of a life advocating for greater privacy and far stronger oversight of the runaway intelligence community."
— New York Times Editorial Board: Edward Snowden, Whistle Blower
"While one week [Glenn Beck] is screaming that America has gone insane and been engulfed by darkness, the next he is declaring that he and his audience were chosen by God to save the nation … and that is where he is now, as he asserted on his television broadcast last night that even though our entire society is on the verge of complete collapse, Beck remains optimistic because his audience of Tea Party activists are just the sort of people the Founding Fathers envisioned would one day finally create the perfect America."
— Kyle Mantyla, Right Wing Watch
"We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose. The worldwide crisis affecting finance and the economy lays bare their imbalances and, above all, their lack of real concern for human beings; man is reduced to one of his needs alone: consumption."
— Pope Francis, 1st apostolic exhortation