"They said he wandered away on hash. That might have been me."
— John Waters, regarding Bowe Bergdahl - Real Time 6/6/14
"The question, then, is why we should think that, independent of any law or social institution, people have these rights, and only these rights… As David Hume argued, property rights require an institution that creates, defines, and enforces them, and is justified by the benefits it brings to all affected by it. It follows that if there are property rights that can be coercively enforced, justifiable coercion is not limited to the enforcement of “natural” rights. So a rights-based idea of mere non-interference does not provide a foundation for libertarian politics."
— T. M. Scanlon, in a forum advancing an argumentative gap between Liberty and Libertarianism
"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