To strike freedom of the mind with the fist of patriotism is an old and ugly subtlety.
Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.
In the memory of oppression, oppression peretuates itself. The scar does the work of the wound. That is the real tragedy: that injustice retains the power to distort long after it has ceased to be real. It is a posthumous victory for the oppressors, when pain becomes a tradition. This is the unfairly difficult dilemma […]
He (Thomas Paine) saw oppression on every hand; injustice everywhere; hypocrisy at the altar; venality on the bench, tyranny on the throne; and with a splendid courage he espoused the cause of the weak against the strong.
The real oppressor, enslaver, and corrupter of the people is the Bible.
Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
Niggerization is the result of oppression – and it doesn’t just apply to black people. Old people, poor people, and students can also get niggerized.
There can be no really pervasive system of oppression, such as that in the United States, without the consent of the oppressed.
But there is only one thing which gathers people into seditious commotions, and that is oppression.