The aide said that guys like me were ”in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who ”believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ”That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. ”We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
- In our work and planning and discussions, our main principle is that separation between peoples, war between peoples, is not a solution for any of the problems that divide them [...] I, for one, am full of optimism, despite the darkening sky and the seemingly hopeless situation, for the time being, that encloses us all.
- And your way, is it really your way? […] What, moreover, can you call your own? The house you live in, the food you swallow, the clothes you wear — you neither built the house nor raised the food nor made the clothes. […] The same goes for your ideas. You moved into them ready-made.
- Nothing annoys forces of authority more than trying to bow out of the disciplinary game entirely and saying that we could just do things on our own. Direct action is a matter of acting as if you were already free.
- Real power begins where secrecy begins.
- For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
—Luke 12:2 (King James Bible)
- ...what I do know is that the world is not governed by good sense, but by multinationals.
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