April 2009


Henri Frederic Amiel

30 April 2009 ‘Analysis kills spontaneity. The grain once ground into flour springs and germinates no more.’ Henri Frederic Amiel

Robert Fisk

29 April 2009 ‘War is not about victory or defeat. It is about the total failure of human spirit. When you see the things I see, you would never support war ever again.’ Robert Fisk

E. E. Cummings

28 April 2009 ‘Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.’ E. E. Cummings

Jean Cocteau

27 April 2009 ‘Man seeks to escape himself in myth, and does so by any means at his disposal. Drugs, alcohol, or lies. Unable to withdraw into himself, he disguises himself. Lies and inaccuracy give him a few moments of comfort.’ Jean Cocteau

Mikhail Bakunin

26 April 2009 ‘The passion for destruction is also a creative passion.’ Mikhail Bakunin

Antonio Gramsci

25 April 2009 ‘The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned.’ Antonio Gramsci

Peter Kropotkin

24 April 2009 ‘Vladimir Ilyich [Lenin], your concrete actions are completely unworthy of the ideas you pretend to hold.’ Peter Kropotkin

Hope in the face of an impossible peace

23 April 2009 Mark LeVine's new book is essential reading for anyone seeking a new way forward for peace in the Middle East, says Clare Woodford

Jean-Paul Sartre

23 April 2009 ‘Like all dreamers I confuse disenchantment with truth.’ Jean-Paul Sartre

Killing your own creation

22 April 2009 Colin Leys examines how and why Labour is destroying the NHS

Bad practice

22 April 2009 GP services are being undermined by a blind faith in 'market solutions', writes Dr Louise Irvine

The PCT and the public

22 April 2009 Susan Secher describes her experiences of local health care 'consultation'

Nye’s nightmare

22 April 2009 Health secretary Alan Johnson maintains that in backing centralised GP 'super-surgeries' he is staying true to the dream of the founder of the NHS. Tom Foot says the reality is more like Nye's nightmare

Comrade or brother?

22 April 2009 Comrade or Brother? A History of the British Labour Movement by Mary Davis (Pluto Press, second edition 2009, reviewed by Nathaniel Mehr

Michael Foot

22 April 2009 ‘She has no imagination and that means no compassion.’ Michael Foot

Umberto Eco

21 April 2009 ‘I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.’ Umberto Eco

William Sloane Coffin

21 April 2009 ‘The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love.’ William Sloane Coffin

Free as in freedom

20 April 2009 Are people freely swapping music, films and other files over the internet undermining corporate control of entertainment and creating a revolutionary culture of sharing and universal access to knowledge? Nick Buxton explores the political edge of the digital piracy and 'free culture' movements

Margaret Mead

20 April 2009 ‘I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world.’ Margaret Mead

Albert Schweitzer

19 April 2009 ‘The time will come when public opinion will no longer tolerate amusements based on the mistreatment and killing of animals.’ Albert Schweitzer

Alexis de Tocqueville

18 April 2009 ‘The European is to the other races of mankind what man himself is to the lower animals: he makes them subservient to his use and when he cannot subdue he destroys them.’ Alexis de Tocqueville

Oliver Sacks

17 April 2009 ‘(Music) is as powerful as any medicine.’ Oliver Sacks

Thomas Mann

16 April 2009 ‘Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year.’ Thomas Mann

T.S. Eliot

15 April 2009 ‘Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.’ T.S. Eliot

Erich Fromm

14 April 2009 ‘To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness.’ Erich Fromm

Graham Swift

13 April 2009 ‘You may have your suspicions, your fears, you may even believe there is something, somewhere, terribly, drastically wrong, but because someone else is in charge, because there is a part of the system above you which you don’t know, you don’t question it, you even distrust your own doubts.’ Graham Swift

Thich Nhat Hanh

12 April 2009 ‘People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child, our own two eyes. All […]

Rosa Parks

11 April 2009 ‘I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.’ Rosa Parks

Saving council housing

10 April 2009 A decade ago, with New Labour stepping up the Tory sell-offs, council housing seemed to be approaching extinction. Red Pepper looks at Defend Council Housing, a campaign that has stopped privatisation in its tracks

Peter Tosh

10 April 2009 ‘I am not a politician … I only suffer the consequences.’ Peter Tosh

Sylvia Plath

9 April 2009 ‘The silence depressed me. It wasn’t the silence of silence. It was my silence.’ Sylvia Plath

Ralph Waldo Emerson

8 April 2009 ‘Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves, but deal in our privacy with the last honesty and truth.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Viva Siva

7 April 2009 Now in his eighties, A Sivanandan remains an important figure in the politics of race and class, maintaining his long-held insistence that only in the symbiosis of the two struggles can a genuinely radical politics be found. By Arun Kundnani

Background to brutality

7 April 2009 The resumption of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war following the government's unilateral abrogation of the ceasefire with the Tamil Tigers last year has seen killing and other abuses on a massive scale. Deirdre McConnell examines the background to the continuing conflict between the country's Sinhalese majority and its Tamil and other minorities

The challenges of solidarity

7 April 2009 The urgent need in Sri Lanka is a resolution to the humanitarian crisis and strong pressure to stop government attacks on minorities, argues Ahilan Kadirgamar. But solidarity has to be pluralist, he emphasises, recognising the brutality of the Tamil Tigers and avoiding the polarisation or marginalisation of the country's diverse communities

Goethe

7 April 2009 ‘Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.’ Goethe

Ursula K. LeGuin

6 April 2009 ‘What is an anarchist? One who, choosing, accepts the responsibility of choice.’ Ursula K. LeGuin

Friedrich Engels

5 April 2009 ‘An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.’ Friedrich Engels

Lewis Carroll

4 April 2009 ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’ ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’ ‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master – that’s […]

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Public service reform … but not as we know it!

3 April 2009 How do you save money, improve services, involve the unions and strengthen democratic control at the same time? In Newcastle, they have come up with an alternative to privatisation that achieves all these objectives, as Hilary Wainwright reports

Philip K Dick

3 April 2009 ‘The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.’ Philip K Dick

Death in the City

2 April 2009 Contrary to media reports, people did not pelt the police as the man who died during the G20 protests was being taken out. Andrew Kendle reports from Wednesday night's protest frontline

Milan Kundera

2 April 2009 ‘Tomas did not realise at the time that metaphors are dangerous. Metaphors are not to be trifled with. A single metaphor can give birth to love.’ Milan Kundera, ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’

Mark Twain

1 April 2009 ‘The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.’ Mark Twain