American hedonism closes its eyes to death, and has been
incapable of exorcising the destructive power of the moment
with a wisdom like that of the Epicureans of antiquity.

- Octavio Paz
Death is un-American, and an affront to every citizen's inalienable
right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

- Arnold Toynbee
"As long as such self-serving hypocrisy
motivates America's response, Ukraine will
only sink further into needless bloodshed,
and that blood will be on America's head."
In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors,
since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors,
for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal
applies only upwards, not downwards.

― Bertrand Russell
Global Coke
Global Coke
"What those 'racists' are reflexively and rightly reacting
to is the soulless chill as the fire goes out beneath the
melting pot. Those who think America can thrive as a
'cultural mosaic' are worse than fools; they're Canadians."

Global Coke
Two centuries ago, a former European colony decided to catch up with Europe.
It succeeded so well that the United States of America became a monster,
in which the taints, the sickness and the inhumanity of Europe
have grown to appalling dimensions.

― Frantz Fanon
What the United States does best is understand itself.
What it does worst is understand others.

- Carlos Fuentes
Poor Mexico, so far from God
and so close to the United States.

- Porfirio Diaz
"Indeed, everything about the American southland was magical
and exotic to the young Canadian musicians, from the sights
and smells to the drawling manner of speech to, especially, the
central role that music played in people’s everyday lives."

America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
- Sigmund Freud
America is an adorable woman chewing tobacco.
- Auguste Bartholdi
"This is the tone of the China Century, a subtle
mix of Nazi/Soviet bravado and 'oriental'
cunning -- easily misunderstood, and
heard before, in a real enemy, by the West."

Coke and 'America the Beautiful'
Coke and 'America the Beautiful'
"And for the others who argued for English-only
patriotism, I note that there are more than
57 million Americans (about 20% of the nation)
whose first-language is not English...."

Coke and 'America the Beautiful'
"This is the behavior, and the fate, of paranoid
old-world tyrants like Hitler or Saddam, not liberal new-world democracies like America pretends to be."

America is the only nation in history which
miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to
degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.

- Georges Clemenceau
I found there a country with thirty-two religions and only one sauce.
- Charles–Maurice Talleyrand
A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle,
and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.

- Edmund Burke
America is the only country ever founded on the printed word.
- Marshall McLuhan
"The removal of racist sports nicknames (and mascots) seems outrageously belated
-- why, exactly, has this civil rights cause
taken so long to gain momentum?"

The atom bomb is a paper tiger which the
United States reactionaries use to scare people.
It looks terrible, but in fact it isn't.

- Mao Tse-tung
They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but
they kept only one; they promised to take our land, and they did.

- Red Cloud
In America sex is an obsession,
in other parts of the world it is a fact.

- Marlene Dietrich
I would rather have a nod from an American,
than a snuff-box from an emperor.

- Lord Byron
One day the United States discovered it was an empire.
But it didn’t know what an empire was.
It thought that an empire was merely the biggest of all corporations.

- Roberto Calasso
Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather
be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.

- Alexis de Tocqueville
"No one, I thought, could watch those scenes, of young children slaughtered en masse, and so many parents grieving, without thinking that this, finally, would tip some kind of balance in the country."
If you are prepared to accept the consequences of your dreams
then you must still regard America today with the same naive
enthusiasm as the generations that discovered the New World.

- Jean Baudrillard
I am willing to love all mankind, except an American.
- Samuel Johnson
America, thou half brother of the world;
With something good and bad of every land.

- Philip Bailey
"What can be more powerful than disinformation in the Information Age?"
England and America are two countries separated by the same language.
- Sir Walter Besant
Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by
posterity because he was the last to discover America.

- James Joyce
Now, from America, empty indifferent things
are pouring across, sham things, dummy life.

- Rainer Maria Rilke
If the United States is to recover fortitude and lucidity,
it must recover itself, and to recover itself it must
recover the "others"- the outcasts of the Western world.
- Octavio Paz
The youth of America is their oldest tradition.
It has been going on now for three hundred years.

- Oscar Wilde
"America really is, for most Americans, all things considered, a good place to be, and all they really want is for everyone to enjoy the same privilege and pleasure."
When good Americans die they go to Paris;
when bad Americans die they go to America.

- Oscar Wilde
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They're nothing more than traffickers; and as the smart traffickers'll tell you, you don't use the merchandise. They are just inoculating their kids with a tech-drug serum, to immunize them against the very merchandise that put the **** bowling alley in their basement.
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America is therefore the land of the future, where, in the ages that
lie before us, the burden of the World's History shall reveal itself.

- Georg Friedrich Hegel
America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room.
Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.

- Arnold Toynbee
Americans always try to do the right thing after they've tried everything else.
- Winston Churchill
The thing that impresses me most about Americans
is the way parents obey their children.

- Edward, Duke of Windsor
Americans are apt to be unduly interested in discovering
what average opinion believes average opinion to be.

- John Maynard Keynes
Europe was created by history.
America was created by philosophy.

- Margaret Thatcher
America is God's crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of
Europe are melting and reforming!... The real American has not yet arrived.
He is only in the crucible, I tell you - he will be the fusion of all races.

- Israel Zangwill
American dreams are strongest in the hearts of those
who have seen America only in their dreams.

- Pico Iyer
America: It's like Britain, only with buttons.
- Ringo Starr
The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer.
It has never yet melted.

― D.H. Lawrence
I have two conflicting visions of America.
One is a kind of dream landscape and the other is a kind of black comedy.

― Bono
The American mirror, said the voice, the sad American mirror
of wealth and poverty and constant useless metamorphosis,
the mirror that sails and whose sails are pain.

― Roberto Bolaño

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Veteran Their American
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Malcom White
Re: NSA Spying -- stop listening to (and watching) us!
on: April 27, 2014, 15:46

Hell, with TMZ, who needs the NSA?

Novice Their American
Posts: 8
Re: NSA Spying -- stop listening to (and watching) us!
on: December 4, 2015, 21:44

I definitely agree with the notion that privacy in this day and age is defined with different terms compared to those of the past, particularly before the age of electronics. In the past if you were to send a letter, for example, you would have been able to tell if it had been opened, thus being able to immediately tell when your privacy had been breached. Now in this day and age there are several people that would tape over the camera of their personal laptop, insisting that even if no one was watching through the camera that one could never be too careful. This sense of being watched and monitored is a constant thought that seems very plausible, and the purpose of it could also be for several reasons; for commercial and marketing purposes, tracking our pattern of consumer goods in order to follow the trend in the market and supply it; for security reasons, looking for certain high risk words used in the databases and zero-in on the producer. Whatever the cause, the argument is the same, there is an ever watchful waking eye that could be silently perusing our livelihoods. This metaphor reminds me of the story “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe. The main character describes the ever watchful eye of his elder companion as “the eye of a vulture” and decides to get rid of the man in order to “rid myself of the eye forever.” This fear and loathing for an ever watchful presence is thus the same in reaction, nobody would like their privacy to be encroached, no matter how minute it could be, and in order to be rid of it one could turn to drastic measures in order to be rid of it forever. Therefore the reaction Mr. Snowden had regarding the intelligence he was in possession of was comprehensible to some degree.

Novice Their American
Posts: 6
Re: NSA Spying -- stop listening to (and watching) us!
on: March 17, 2016, 16:33

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Ben Franklin

Can't say it better than that.

Novice Their American
Posts: 8
Re: NSA Spying -- stop listening to (and watching) us!
on: March 24, 2016, 20:12

To echo what Professor Hamilton put forward, I believe there is a fine line between a government spying on its citizens for the purposes of national security (whatever that means) and overt invasions of privacy for the purposes of corporate profit and more. I too, on many occasions, have found dubious "coincidences" with respect to marketing on my email and Facebook accounts and have since steeply curbed the personal information I offer online.

That said, intelligence agencies such as the NSA and CIA have unimaginable influence and scope and I find it hard to believe there would ever be any change in their surveillance conduct regardless of public opinion on the matter. In this technological age, every aspect of one's personal life can be extracted and exposed if it is a government agency's desire to do so, and there is very little that can be done to counteract this reality. The case of the NSA is an undeniably egregious invasion of the public's privacy as well as a glaring constitutional infraction (if that even means anything anymore). It would be naive to think exceedingly powerful entities like the American government and their associated agencies play by the same rules as its citizens and operate with a modicum of integrity - they are simply a product of the greedy, power-hungry political structure we are all a part of. I certainly have not lost faith in humanity, as I believe there is just as much good in the world as there is evil. However, if the overarching paradigm of endless profit-seeking and domination remains intact, the government's status quo will remain unchanged, and these violations of privacy will continue.

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