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Quotes of the Day: Kill the Individual or Communism in a Socialist Utopia

 

“Socialism is a house and clothes all set for you, a carpenter’s plane to round rough faces, to make everyone identical.” — Victims of the Khmer Rouge

Since ancient times, Khmers have taken a keen interest in moral guidance and counsel of their elders. The Khmers also prided themselves as being clever and they took great pleasure in cleverly composed discourses. The use of words and witticism, rhyming, riddles and rapidly formed punning and spoonerisms was and still is considered to be the Khmer national habit. And the Khmer Rouge made use of this deeply rooted Khmer tradition to indoctrinate, control, and terrorize the people during their reign of terror, in the form of slogans, sayings, and songs.

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Quote of the Day – Dare to Fail Greatly

 

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. – Robert F. Kennedy

Yes, the man who said this is Bobby Kennedy, a man disliked by the right and who should be distrusted by the left. (Robert Kennedy worked for Joe McCarthy and at the time apparently liked the work.) But when someone is right about something, pay attention, perhaps especially if you dislike the person.

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Let a thousand flowers bloom. Who said that? Lots of people have repeated this saying over the decades, but it is a misquote. The original quote, from Mao Zedong (Tse-tung), in 1956, was: More

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La Révolution est comme Saturne : elle dévore ses propres enfants. Translation: The revolution is like Saturn: It devours its own children. Pierre Vergniaud, French revolutionary These were the last word of a French revolutionary, a talented orator and advocate of liberty, equality, and fraternity. He, like many other revolutionaries, ended up having a date with […]

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The Road

 

Cormac McCarthy, from The Road:

He got up and walked out to the road. The black shape of it running from dark to dark. Then a distant low rumble. Not thunder. You could feel it under your feet. A sound without cognate and so without description. Something imponderable shifting out there in the dark. The earth itself contracting with the cold. It did not come again. What time of year? What age the child? He walked out into the road and stood. The silence. The salitter drying from the earth. The mudstained shapes of flooded cities burned to the waterline. At a crossroads a ground set with dolmen stones where the spoken bones of oracles lay moldering. No sound but the wind. (p. 220)

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Quote of the Day: Computers

 

“On two occasions, I have been asked [by members of Parliament], ‘Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?’…I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.”
Charles Babbage, Passages from the Life of a Philosopher (1864), p. 67

Computers. When designed properly, they do precisely what they are told. They do not interpret, they need to be explicitly instructed on what exactly to do. However, when you get them going, they give you incredible capabilities. During WW2, people would have sacrificed armies to obtain the computing power in your cell phone. Even a simple flip phone has more power than all the computers in existence at the time. Charles Babbage could have revolutionized history, had manufacturing been up to the task — William Gibson’s novel The Difference Engine posits just such a future. (It was the beginning of the Steampunk genre)

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Spring One attraction in coming to the woods to live was that I should have leisure and opportunity to see the spring come in. The ice in the pond at length begins to be honey-combed, and I can set my heel in it as I walk. Fogs and rains and warmer suns are gradually melting […]

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March was another full month of Quote of the Day posts, with many making the Main Feed. There are many open dates on the Quote of the Day April Sign-up Sheet. We make it easy to “Start a Conversation” by including tips for finding great quotes. Get into Spring by sharing your favorite quote and […]

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Quote of the Day: Chicago Justice

 

There is no such thing as justice — in or out of court.” — Clarence Darrow interview in Chicago (April 1936)

You may have heard similar versions of this quote from numerous people who feel that they have been wronged by the law. However, consider the source of this quote. Clarence Darrow is a famous (infamous?) progressive lawyer, noted for defending controversial defendants and participating in the Scopes trial. Yet here, he is declaring that justice does not exist. What exactly was his goal as a lawyer, then?

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… and miss signing up for the April 1 Quote of the Day post and beat @arahant to the punch. It’s the easiest way to start a fun conversation on Ricochet. We have many open dates next week and throughout April, and we’ll even give you tips for finding great quotes. Don’t miss out and […]

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We’ve had a long, hard winter, and Spring has started. But you can be productive on a rainy day by drafting a Quote of the Day post, the easiest way to start a fun conversation on Ricochet. Many Quote of the Day posts make the Main Feed, and some even garner over to 150 comments. We’ll […]

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“When facts become secondary to emotion, truth dies. And a society that doesn’t value truth cannot survive.” – Ben Shapiro It does not seem to matter what the crisis de jour, political flashpoint, or cultural conflict is — immigration, education, terrorism, gun rights, vote fraud, whatever. It always seems to center on appeal to emotions, […]

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The Quote of the Day is the easiest way to start a fun conversation on Ricochet. You don’t have to be intelligent, pithy, or eloquent yourself. You can share a written passage that you find interesting, or even something from a favorite movie. You can present the naked quote, or add your thoughts on how […]

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“Only those who doubt really believe, and those who do not doubt are neither tempted against their faith nor do they truly believe.” — Miquel de Unamuno, The Life of Don Quixote and Sancho (trans. Anthony Kerrigan), as published by Terry Teachout, artsjournal.com, March 11, 2019 More

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“The history of π is a quaint little mirror of the history of man. It is the story of Archimedes of Syracuse, whose method of calculating π defied substantial improvement for some 1900 years, and it is also the story of a Cleveland businessman, who published a book in 1931 announcing the grand discovery that π was exactly […]

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The following story, too, is told by many. A certain seer warned Caesar to be on his guard against a great peril on the day of the month of March which the Romans call the Ides; and when the day had come and Caesar was on his way to the senate-house, he greeted the seer […]

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Quote of the Day – Socialists and Progressives

 

The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office. Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau. What an alluring utopia! What a noble cause to fight! – Ludwig von Mises

The only change I would make to this statement is to substitute the DMV for the post office. The post office (usually) delivers your mail without having to make you stand in line for hours, even when it does come late. Other than that, von Mises nails it, and I do not see how I can add more.

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Quote of the Day: The Ascent of Man

 

All knowledge – all information between human beings – can only be exchanged within a play of tolerance. And that is true whether the exchange is in science, or in literature, or in religion, or in politics, or in any form of thought that aspires to dogma. It’s a major tragedy of my lifetime and yours that scientists were refining, to the most exquisite precision, the Principle of Tolerance – and turning their backs on the fact that all around them, tolerance was crashing to the ground beyond repair. – Dr. Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man, Episode 11: “Knowledge or Certainty”

A true polymath, Jacob Bronowski was born in Poland and emigrated to England as a child. He went to the University of Cambridge, graduating as the top undergraduate math student, followed by a 1935 PhD in mathematics on algebraic geometry. He was also a strong chess player and wrote poetry with a deep affinity for William Blake. During the Second World War, he developed mathematical approaches to bombing strategy for the RAF Bomber Command. After the war, he turned to biology, trying to understand the nature of violence in mankind. He is best remembered for the 13 part BBC TV series The Ascent of Man (1973), which is about the history of human life and scientific endeavor. Below is the introduction to the series:

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