Marxists/Communists/Socialists/Leftists/Welfarists et al:
Karl Marx,Friedrich Engels,Vladimir Lenin,Antonio Gramsci,Paulo Freire,Karl Kautsky,Leon Trotsky,Rosa Luxemburg,Clara Zetkin,Frantz Fanon,Mao Zedong,Julius Nyerere,Thomas Sankara,Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara,Fidel Castro,Aime Cessaire,Amilcar Cabral,Oginga Odinga,Bildad Kaggia.
The Consciousness-raising Quotes:
”The revolution is not an apple that falls when ripe.You have to make it fall.”-Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.
”When we revolt it’s not for a particular culture.We revolt simply because,for a variety of reasons,we can no longer breathe.”-Frantz Fanon.
”An ounce of action is worth a tonne of theory.”-Friedrich Engels.
”Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval.Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex,the ugly ones included.”-Karl Marx
”A woman can be emancipated only when she can take part on a large social scale in production and is engaged in domestic work only to an insignificant degree.”-Friedrich Engels.
”Washing one’s hands off the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful,not to be neutral.”-Paulo Freire.
”The walls of the educational system must come down.Education should not be a privilege,so the children of those who have money can study.”Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara
”Each generation must,out of relative obscurity,discover its mission,fulfill it or betray it.”-Frantz Fanon.
”In Tanzania, it was more than one hundred tribal units which lost their freedom;it was one nation that regained it.”-Julius Nyerere.
”Question everything.”-Karl Marx.
”Oh my body,make of me a man who always asks questons !”-Frantz Fanon.
”Every day people straighten up their hair,why not the heart?”-Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.
”Sell a man a fish,he eats it for a day,teach a man how to fish,you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.”-Karl Marx.
”The first duty of a revolutionary is to be educated.”-Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.
”I am a pessimist because of intelligence,but an optimist because of will.”[Pessimism of the intellect,optimism of the will]-Antonio Gramsci
”There are too many idiots in this world.And having said it,I have the burden of proving it.”-Frantz Fanon.
”We spoke as if and acted as if,given the opportunity for self-government,we would quickly create utopia.Instead injustice,even tyranny is rampant.”-Julius Nyerere.
”I know you are here to kill me.Shoot,coward,you are only going to kill a man.”-Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.
”Last words are for those fools who believe they have not yet said enough….”-Karl Marx.
”If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.”-Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara
”The present over weighted government of 46 ministers and junior ministers earn between them something in the region of 1/4 million sterling pounds per year,enough to provide housing and food for 500 families.I n 6 months an MP receives more money than the average peasant earns in half a lifetime.”-Excerpt from ‘Not Yet Uhuru’,Oginga Odinga.
”Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practices of freedom,the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”-Paulo Freire [Pedagogy of the Oppressed]
”Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution.The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains.They have a world to win.Working men of all countries,unite!”-Karl Marx.
”You do not have to be a Communist to see that China has a lot to teach us in development.The fact that they have a different political system than ours has nothing to do with it.”-Julius Nyerere.
”We do not believe that the Marxist program,which embodies the continuity of the experience of the actual class struggle and real revolutions of the last one hundred and fifty years,is a definitely closed book.”-Ernest Mendel
”To be radical is to grasp things by the root.”-Karl Marx.
”The more radical the person is,the more fully he or she enters into reality so that,knowing it better,he or she can transform it.This individual is not afraid to confront,to listen,to see the world unveiled.This person is not afraid to meet the people or to enter into a dialogue with them.This person does not consider himself or herself the proprietor of history or of all the people,or the liberator of the oppressed but he or she does commit himself or herself,with history,to fight at their side.”-Paulo Freire [Pedagogy of the Oppressed]
”Private property has made us so stupid and one sided that an object is only ‘ours’ when we have it.”-Karl Marx.
”Ask anyone committed to Marxist analysis how many angels are on the head of a pin,and you will be asked in return to never mind the angels but who controls the production of pins.”-Joan Didion
”The multitude is always in the wrong.”-Paulo Freire.
”Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot comprehend.”[Religion is the opium of the masses]-Karl Marx.
”The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them in parliament.”-Vladimir Lenin.
”They realize at last that change does not mean improvement.”-The Wretched of the Earth;Frantz Fanon.
”At the risk of seeming ridiculous,let me say that a true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love.It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality.We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity will be transformed into actual deeds,into acts that serve as examples,as a moving force.”- Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.
”Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious.Freedom is the conscious of necessity.”-Karl Marx
”I can hear the roar of women’s silence.”-Thomas Sankara
”The country that is more developed industrially only shows,to the less developed,the image of its own future.”-Karl Marx.
”We,in Africa,have no more need of being ‘converted’ to socialism than we have of being ‘taught’ democracy.Both are rooted in our past–in the traditional society which produced us.”-Julius Nyerere.
”I am not a liberator.Liberators do not exist.The people liberate themselves.”-Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara
”When someone strives and strains to prove to me that black men are as intelligent as white men,I say that intelligence has never saved anyone;and that is true,for,if philosophy and intelligence are invoked to proclaim the equality of men,they have also been employed to justify the extermination of men.”-Frantz Fanon [Black Skin,White Masks]
”Liberty is precious,so precious that it must be rationed.”-Vladimir Lenin
”The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and write,but he must by no means live and write for the purposes of making money.”-Karl Marx.
”Can a nation be free if it oppresses other nations?It cannot.”-Vladimir Lenin.
”From each according to his abilities,to each according to his needs.”-Karl Marx
”The colonized is elevated above his jungle status in proportion to his adoption of the mother country’s cultural standards.”-Frantz Fanon [Black Skin,White Masks]
”I would say I was still a Marxist-which is not to be confused with being a Communist.Despite its flaws,Marxism still seems to explain the material world better than anything else.”-Alexei Sayle
”Silence is argument carried out by other means.”-Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.
”The task is not just to understand the world but to change it.”-Karl Marx.
”Give me just one generation of youth,and I’ll transform the whole world.”-Vladimir Lenin.
”The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope.”-Karl Marx.
”Valdiva’s actions symbolize man’s indefatigable thirst to take control of a place where he can exercise total authority.That phrase,attributed to Caesar,proclaiming he would rather be first-in-command in some humble Alpine village than second-in-command in Rome,is repeated less pompously,but no less effectively,in the epic campaign that is the conquest of Chile.If,in the moment the conquistador was facing death at the hands of that invincible Araucanian Caupolican,he had not been overwhelmed with fury,like a hunted animal,I do not doubt that judging his life,Valdiva would have felt death was fully justified.He belonged to that special class of men the species every so often,in whom a craving for limitless power is so extreme that any suffering to achieve it seems natural,and he had become the omnipotent ruler of a warrior nation.”-The Motorcycle Diaries;Notes on a Latin American.-Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.
”I am a Marxist Leninist and I will be one until the last day of my life.”-Fidel Castro.
”When asked whether or not we are Marxists,our position is the same as that of a physicist,when asked if he is a ”Newtonian” or of a biologist when asked if he is a ”Pasteurian”.There are truths so evident,so much a part of the peoples’ knowledge,that it is now useless to debate them.One should be a ”Marxist” with the same naturalness with which one is a ”Newtonian” in physics or a ”Pasteurian”.If new facts bring about new concepts,the latter will never take away that portion of truth possessed by those that have come before.Such is the case,for example,of ”Einsteinian” relativity or of Planck’s quantum theory in relation to Newton’s discoveries.They take absolutely nothing away from the greatness of the learned Englishman.Thanks to Newton,physics was able to advance until it achieved new concepts of space.The learned Englishman was the necessary stepping-stone for that.Obviously,one can point to certain mistakes of Marx,as a thinker and as an investigator of the social doctrines and of the capitalist system in which he lived.We,Latin America for example ,cannot agree with his interpretation of Bolivar,or with his Engels’ analysis of the Mexicans which accepted as fact certain theories of race or nationality that are unacceptable today.But the great men who discover brilliant truths live on despite their small faults and these faults serve only to show us they were human.That is to say,they were human beings who could make mistakes,even given the high level of consciousness achieved by these giants of human thought.This is why we recognize the essential truths of Marxism as part of humanity’s body of cultural and scientific knowledge.We accept it with the naturalness of something that requires no further argument.”-Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.