The issues in politics are not complex, even though politicians tell us so in order to convince us of the politicians’ importance … and to keep us from criticizing them.

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Once they have you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers.

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The wellbeing of nations has become a numbers game.

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Look, power exists: Someone has to have it. If you would exercise it ethically, why not you?

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When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid."

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A word after a word after a word is power.

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A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessn ess and silence go together.

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They’re singing your praises while stealing your phrases.

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This is fundamental. All effective forms of protest are illegal until they succeed...t doesn’t mean they have to be violent. There are lots of different ways to be illegal. But it does mean that you have to say, “I’m trying to change a situation that is so important that I will disobey the law. My protest stands above the law.” And you also have to accept the consequences of that.

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It is not plans from some elite “top” that will begin the world over again, but actions on the ground. We are the feet that will have to walk all the talk, connected to heads that will have to think for ourselves. We shall have to confront the perpetrators of climate change—and that includes ourselves—not with violent resistance or passive resistance, but with clever resistance.

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Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter.

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Power not only corrupts, it addicts.

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The most common way people give up their power is thinking they don't have any.

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The great enemy of freedom is the alignment of political power with wealth.

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The power to shape the stories that frame a culture is a power that ultimately trumps the coercive powers of the state and the financial power of concentrated wealth.

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She really looked at the way power weaves its way through technology...as a set of social practices. .....and that has been something that has really influenced everything that I've thought about technology. ....the only thing that makes technology journalism worth doing, to me, is the notion that if we think critically about it and we talk about the politics of it, that we can get better at it and we can democratize technologies and we can think more creatively about their impacts, instead of what we normally do, which is to say 'well the genie's out of the bottle! there's nothing we can do about it now!" So the notion that you could think critically about it and there could be a sociology of technology, a political theory about technology.....but also the fact that she was Canadian and a scientist and a woman, all together, were very powerful for me.

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Common sense is a myth of asymmetrical power disguised as the obvious. There is no such thing, except in the minds of people who don’t want to change the way they look at the world.

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Always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

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Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.

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In that moment when we found ourselves in front of a tank, I realized that I had the power to change my fate. Overthrowing a dictator by peaceful, even prayerful means, gave me my first taste of power, the power to make a difference.

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When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss it.

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There are no outdoor sports as graceful as throwing stones at a dictatorship.

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There are two kinds of power in society – the power of money and the power of people, and if you don't have lots of money you had better have lots of people.

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It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.

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You can tell people of the need to struggle, but when the powerless start to see that they really can make a difference, nothing can quench the fire.

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One of the simplest paths to deep change is for the less powerful to speak as much as they listen, and for the more powerful to listen as much as they speak.

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The new source of power is not money in the hands of a few, but information in the hands of many.

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The real task is for the oppressed to liberate not just themselves but their oppressors, and thereby recover the humanity of both.

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The power of people is much stronger than people in power.

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Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.

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Our strategy should be not only to confront the empire but to mock it…with our art…our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness.’ –

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