I. F. Stone

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… societies are kept stable and healthy by reform, not by thought police Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
… there must be free play for so-called subversive ideas - every idea subverts the old to make way for the new. To shut off subversion is to shut off peaceful progress and to invite revolution and war. Freedom & Liberty
A certain moral imbecility marks all ethnocentric movements. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out. Propaganda & Disinformation
Every time we are confronted with a new revolution we take to the opium pipes of our own propaganda. Propaganda & Disinformation
I feel uneasy at the very idea of a Movement. I see every insight degenerating into a dogma, and fresh thoughts freezing into lifeless party line. Political Parties & Machines
I hate to say it but I was glad when they shot him. I don’t believe in terrorism or assassination but he could have become the American dictator. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If you live long enough, the venerability factor creeps in; you get accused of things you never did and praised for virtues you never had. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
Once the Secretary of State invites you to lunch and asks your opinion, you’re sunk. Media, Journalism & The Press
The fault I find with most American newspapers is not the absence of dissent. it is the absence of news. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.
Every emancipation has in it the seeds of a new slavery, and every truth easily becomes a lie. Truth
Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed. Government
If God, as some now say, is dead, He no doubt died of trying to find an equitable solution to the Arab-Jewish problem. Religion & God
Rich people march on Washington every day.
The difference between burlesque and the newspapers is that the former never pretended to be performing a public service by exposure.
The only thing God didn't do to Job was give him a computer. Religion & God

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