The Environment: Arundhati Roy, “The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy…”

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“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.

Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
Arundhati Roy

Who is Arundhati Roy?

Suzanna Arundhati Roy is an Indian author best known for her novel The God of Small Things, which won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1997 and became the biggest-selling book by a non-expatriate Indian author. She is also a political activist involved in human rights and environmental causes.

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Animal Rights: Samuel Johnson, “An infallible characteristic of meanness is cruelty”

“An infallible characteristic of meanness is cruelty. Men who have practiced tortures on animals without pity, relating them without shame, how can they still hold their heads among human beings?”
Samuel Johnson

Who was Samuel Johnson?

Samuel Johnson, often referred to as Dr. Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, playwright, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor, and lexicographer. He was a devout Anglican.


Human Rights: Mark Twain, “No amount of evidence will ever persuade and idiot”

“No amount of evidence will ever persuade and idiot.
Mark Twain

Who was Mark Twain?

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He was lauded as the “greatest humorist this country has produced”, and William Faulkner called him “the father of American literature”

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The Environment: Wendell Berry, “The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy…”

“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most   pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our   only hope.”
Wendell Berry

Who is Wendell Berry?

Wendell Erdman Berry is an American novelist, poet, essayist, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer. He is an elected member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, a recipient of The National Humanities Medal, and the Jefferson Lecturer for 2012.

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Animal Rights: Gary L. Francione, “There is no difference between sitting around the pit watching…”

“There is no difference between sitting around the pit watching dogs fight and sitting around a summer barbecue roasting the corpses of tortured animals or enjoying the dairy or eggs from tortured animals.”
Gary L. Francione

Who is Gary L. Francione?

Gary Lawrence Francione is an American legal scholar. He is the Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law & Philosophy at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Francione is known for his work on animal rights theory, and in 1989, was the first academic to teach it in an American law school.

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Animal Rights the abolition approach… and abolition means veganism

Human Rights: Mahatma Gandhi, “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind…”

“Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Who was Mahatma Gandhi?

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist, and political ethicist, who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India’s independence from British Rule, and in turn inspire movements for civil rights and freedom across the world
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Human Rights: James Baldwin,”Everything now, we must assume, is in our hands; we have no right to…”

Everything now, we must assume, is in our hands; we have no right to assume otherwise. If we do not falter in our duty now, we may be able, handful that we are, to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world.
James A. Baldwin

Who was James A Baldwin?
James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, playwright, and activist. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son, explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century North America.

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The Environment: Bill Nye, “If your house is on fire, you don’t comfort yourself with the thought that…”

If your house is on fire, you don’t comfort yourself with the thought that houses have been catching fire for thousands of years. You don’t sit idly back and think, “Oh well, that is the way of nature.” You get going, immediately. And you don’t spring into action because of an idealistic notion that houses deserve to be saved. You do it because if you don’t, you won’t have a place to live.
Bill Nye

Who is Bill Nye?

William Sanford Nye, popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science communicator, television presenter, and mechanical engineer.

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Bill Nye

Motivation/Inspiration: Confucius “Forget injuries: never forget kindness”

“Forget injuries: never forget kindness”

Who was Confucius?

Confucius was a Chinese philosopher and politician of the Spring and Autumn period. The philosophy of Confucius, also known as Confucianism, emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity.

Human Rights: Michael Moore, “Capitalism means that a few people will do very well, and the rest…”

“Capitalism means that a few people will do very well, and the rest will serve the few.”
Michael Moore

Who is Michael Moore?

Michael Francis Moore is an American documentary filmmaker and author. He is best known for his work on globalization and capitalism. Moore has been labeled a left-wing documentary filmmaker and left-wing political activist, but he rejects the label “political activist”.
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Michael Moore