Quotes for This Week

1980, Robert Anton Wilson, American novelist, essayist, and absurdist, during an interview with Jeffery Elliot, while discussing his early work – Searching for Cosmic Intelligence-, said in part:

“My early work is politically anarchist fiction, in that I was an anarchist for a long period of time. I’m not an anarchist any longer, because I’ve concluded that anarchism is an impractical ideal. Nowadays, I regard myself as a libertarian. I suppose an anarchist would say, paraphrasing what Marx said about agnostics being “frightened atheists,” that libertarians are simply frightened, anarchists. Having just stated the case for the opposition, I will go along and agree with them: yes, I am frightened. I’m a libertarian because I don’t trust the people as much as anarchists do. I want to see government limited as much as possible; I would like to see it reduced back to where it was in Jefferson’s time, or even smaller. But I would not like to see it abolished. I think the average American if left totally free, would act exactly like Idi Amin. I don’t trust the people any more than I trust the government”

Jan 17, 2022,  Ingrid Betancourt, a politician who campaigned for president in 2002, was kidnapped by FARC rebels and held for more than six years, at a news conference announced that would again be a candidate in the May presidential election, stated:

“My story is the story of all Colombians…While I and my colleagues were chained by the neck, Colombian families were chained by corruption, violence, and injustice… Today I am here to finish off what I started with many of you in 2002…I am here to claim the rights of 51 million Colombians who are not finding justice because we live in a system designed to reward criminals”

Jan 17, 2022,  Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, during a meeting with a bipartisan delegation from the U.S. Congress who had arrived to discuss the security situation in the region, said in part:

“It is very important for Ukraine, for our people, that you are with us today. This testifies to the constant bicameral, bipartisan support for our state, as well as its sovereignty and territorial integrity…”We feel and receive effective assistance in the field of security in such a difficult time, a time of aggression by the Russian Federation,

Mar 5, 2017, Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, giving a speech at the New York Stock Exchange, New York, New York, stated in part:

“There is, however, one thing that has not yet been accomplished. That is what I mentioned here four years ago, namely, “that someday we’ll see sushi and tempura carts lined up next to the hot dog vendors at the corner of 40th Street and Fifth Avenue.” I have come to realize that the “walls” here in New York are high indeed”

Mar 5, 1946,   Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Britain, while giving  a post World War II speech – The Sinews of Peace – at Westminster College in Fulton Missouri, President Harry Turman was in attendance, stated in part:

“The United States stands at this time at the pinnacle of world power. It is a solemn moment for the American Democracy. For with primacy in power is also joined an awe-inspiring accountability to the future. If you look around you, you must feel not only the sense of duty done but also you must feel anxiety lest you fall below the level of achievement. Opportunity is here now, clear and shining for both our countries. To reject it or ignore it or fritter it away will bring upon us all the long reproaches of the after-time. It is necessary that constancy of mind, persistency of purpose, and the grand simplicity of decision shall guide and rule the conduct of the English-speaking peoples in peace as they did in war. We must, and I believe we shall, prove ourselves equal to this severe requirement”