August 2008

Hunter S. Thompson

31 August 2008 ‘America … just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.’ Hunter S. Thompson

Antonio Gramsci

30 August 2008 ‘To tell the truth is revolutionary.’ Antonio Gramsci

Dan Quayle

29 August 2008 ‘I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn’t study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people.’ Dan Quayle, the 44th vice-president of the United States

Manu Chao competition

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Vaclav Havel

28 August 2008 ‘Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance.’ Vaclav Havel

28 August

28 August 2008 'Have you ever sent a loved son on vacation and had him returned to you in a pine box, so horribly battered and water-logged that someone needs to tell you this sickening sight is your son?' _ Mamie Bradley, mother of Emmett Till

Mohandas Gandhi

27 August 2008 ‘A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.’ Mohandas Gandhi

Vaclav Havel

26 August 2008 ‘I think theatre should always be somewhat suspect.’ Vaclav Havel


25 August 2008 ‘An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.’ Buddha

Holding Obama’s feet to the fire

24 August 2008 With his appointment of a series of Clintonite economic and foreign policy advisers, Barack Obama has attracted fire from the American left. Doug Henwood, Gary Younge, Jo-ann Mort, Betsy Reed and Ta-Nehisi Coates debate the politics of Obama's candidacy and the huge mobilisation of support behind it

Saul Alinsky

24 August 2008 ‘Quotes from Mao, Castro, and Che Guevara … are as germane to our highly technological, computerized society as a stagecoach on a jet runway at Kennedy airport. ‘ Saul Alinsky

Sojourner Truth

23 August 2008 ‘If women want any rights more than they’s got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about it.’ Sojourner Truth

Martin Luther King, Jr.

22 August 2008 ‘A lie cannot live.’ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Henry David Thoreau

21 August 2008 ‘The earth is all alive and covered with papillæ.’ Henry David Thoreau

Murray Bookchin

20 August 2008 ‘People are never free of trying to be content.’ Murray Bookchin

Friedrich Nietzsche

19 August 2008 ‘You say, “It is dark.” And in truth, I did place a cloud before your sun. But do you not see how the edges of the cloud are already glowing and turning light. ‘ Friedrich Nietzsche

Paula Giddings

18 August 2008 ‘… lynching was … a woman’s issue: it had as much to do with ideas of gender as it had with race.’ Paula Giddings

Derek Wall

17 August 2008 ‘At present cats have more purchasing power and influence than the poor of this planet. Accidents of geography and colonial history should no longer determine who gets the fish.’ Derek Wall

Saul Alinsky

16 August 2008 ‘History is a relay of revolutions.’ Saul Alinsky

Big art and Perspex panels

15 August 2008 From graffiti and street art to massive corporate-funded structures such as the Ebbsfleet Landmark (the size of the Statue of Liberty, twice as tall as Antony Gormley's Angel of the North), public art has never been more in vogue. Steve Platt, a reformed 'graffitist', surveys the artistic landscape

Manu Chao, the neighbourhood singer

15 August 2008 Manu Chao could be the most famous singer that many English speakers have never heard of. Yet he is to the alter-globalisation movement what Bob Dylan was to peace and civil rights in the 1960s. Oscar Reyes caught up with him by a campfire at Glastonbury, where he created a little 'neighbourhood of hope'

Mother Jones

15 August 2008 ‘My address is like my shoes. It travels with me. I abide where there is a fight against wrong.’ Mother Jones

Orson Welles

14 August 2008 ‘If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.’ Orson Welles

Oscar Wilde

13 August 2008 ‘The sign of a Philistine age is the cry of immorality against art.’ Oscar Wilde

George Bernard Shaw

12 August 2008 ‘Paradoxes are the only truths.’ George Bernard Shaw

Philip Larkin

11 August 2008 ‘And girls you have to tell to pull their socks up Are those whose pants you’d most like to pull down.’ Philip Larkin

Antonio Gramsci

10 August 2008 ‘I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.’ Antonio Gramsci

José Ortega Y Gasset

9 August 2008 ‘I am I plus my surroundings and if I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself.’ José Ortega Y Gasset

Pablo Neruda

8 August 2008 ‘Latin America is very fond of the word “hope.” We like to be called the “continent of hope.”‘ Pablo Neruda

It’s just not natural

7 August 2008 From sheep's testicles to strychnine the use of performance-enhancing substances in sport has a long, if dishonourable, history. Cathal Sheerin reports

Sleeping your way to the top

7 August 2008 Cathal Sheerin investigates altitude chambers in world-class sport and asks if it's breaking the Olympic sporting spirit, giving an unfair advantage to athletes that can afford to use them

Gloria Steinem

7 August 2008 ‘A different world can be created or re-created – but not until we stop enshrining the economic values of invisible labour, infinite and obsessive growth, and a slow environmental suicide.’ Gloria Steinem

George Bernard Shaw

6 August 2008 ‘Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character.’ George Bernard Shaw

Gro Harlem Brundtland

5 August 2008 ‘Morality becomes hypocrisy if it means accepting mothers’ suffering or dying in connection with unwanted pregnancies and illegal abortions and unwanted children.’ Gro Harlem Brundtland

We, the people of Zimbabwe

4 August 2008 In the past, Zimbabweans have looked to African heads of state to support their struggle for democracy. But in the face of their refusal to act, civil society organisations are considering more direct kinds of action. Mary Ndlovu writes from Zimbabwe

Attack Iran? Yes they can

4 August 2008 With US threats, Israeli military exercises and Iranian missile tests, it seems like a carefully choreographed build up to the next Middle East conflagration is under way. But can the US really risk a strike on Iran? Phyllis Bennis weighs up the evidence in conversation with Oscar Reyes

The green goldrush

4 August 2008 It is a long time since activists spray painted ‘We are winning’ on a wall at the Seattle meeting of the World Trade Organisation in December 1999. Movements for global justice have had little to celebrate since then. Will things be any different for the ‘carbon movement’ that is emerging around the Climate Camp – […]

The left’s unlikely ally

4 August 2008 David Davis's by-election campaign against 42-day detention tapped into a widespread feeling that our traditional liberties are under threat from a much distrusted political class, says David Beetham. But don't hold your breath for a more liberal Conservative administration

Which part of No don’t they understand?

4 August 2008 When the EU constitution was rejected in 2005, European leaders resolved that the people of Europe would not get a vote on its replacement. But Ireland's constitution forced one exception, and the Irish promptly rejected the Lisbon treaty. Westby Swift looks at why the Irish voted No, what the EU plans to do about it and how the left should respond

Pass the torch and follow the money

4 August 2008 The Olympic ideal speaks of internationalism, but the Games have long been a focus for national rivalries. And while advertising remains banned from stadiums, the 'Olympic family' embraces corporate sponsors. Garry Whannel looks at the contradictory politics of the world's largest sporting event

Coal in a hole

4 August 2008 The proposed new Kingsnorth power station promises 'clean coal', but the technology behind this claim is unproven. Ellen Potts looks behind the myths to examine why E On is lighting the path for a new generation of coal power

The end of the world as we know it

4 August 2008 As fuel prices rocket, a new world energy order is emerging. It will bring with it a fierce international competition for dwindling stocks of oil, natural gas, coal and uranium, and also an epochal shift in power and wealth from energy-deficit states such as the US, Japan and the newly-industrialising China to energy-surplus states such as Russia, Venezuela and the oil producers of the Middle East. Michael Klare examines the likely consequences of the growing competition for the soon-to-be diminishing supply of energy

Emilie Buchwald

4 August 2008 ‘The most important gift anyone can give a girl is a belief in her own power as an individual, her value without reference to gender, her respect as a person with potential.’ Emilie Buchwald

Michael Allaby

3 August 2008 ‘Ecology is rather like sex – every new generation likes to think they were the first to discover it.’ Michael Allaby

Germaine Greer

2 August 2008 ‘English culture is basically homosexual in the sense that the men only really care about other men.’ Germaine Greer

Albert Camus

1 August 2008 ‘Ah! my friend, for whomever is alone, without a god and without a master, the weight of time is terrible. One must then choose a master, God being out of style’. Albert Camus