quote by Michael Parenti

One finds fortunes built on slave labor, indentured labor, prison labor, immigrant labor, female labor, child labor, and scab labor - backed by the lethal force of gun thugs and militia. 'Old money' is often little more than dirty money laundered by several generations of possession.

— Michael Parenti

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Dirty politics quote When words are both true and kind they can change the world.
When words are both true and kind they can change the world.

The dirty truth is that the rich are the great cause of poverty.

I am not a man who looks for solutions in God or politics.

If somebody else wants to do the dirty work and create a better world for us and he can do it, I will accept it.

Dirty politics quote Be gentle with yourself, you're doing the best you can.
Be gentle with yourself, you're doing the best you can.

Creeds like pacifism or anarchism, which seem on the surface to imply a complete renunciation of power, rather encourage this habit of mind. For if you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics ... the more you are in the right (and) everybody else should be bullied into thinking otherwise.

The political system, folks, is rigged. It's a rigged, disgusting, dirty system.


Maintaining silence about a dirty truth is another way of lying, a common practice in high places.

Dirty politics quote I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.

I never desire to know anything of the detail of political measures, lest even those which I think best should lose anything of their intrinsic value to me, by seeing what low, paltry, personal motives and base machinery and dirty hands have helped to bring them about.

Compassion is not a dirty word.. it's time we rehabilitated compassion into the national political vocabulary of this great nation of ours.

I don't want to be a politician. I don't like politics. It's petty; it fights dirty.

Dirty politics quote There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.
There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.

The dirty truth is that many people find fascism to be not particularly horrible.


Politics is a dirty business, but if you do not do politics, politics will be done to you.

But it is at home and not in public that one should wash ones dirty linen.

[Fr., Car c'est en famille, ce n'est pas en public, qu'un lave son linge sale.]

Dirty politics quote Be the person your dog thinks you are.
Be the person your dog thinks you are.

I reject the cynical view that politics is a dirty business.

In my experience of these things, parties which shout about dirty tricks and the like tend to do so because they fear a direct hit in some vulnerable part of their political anatomy.

Until you've been in politics you've never really been alive;

it's rough and sometimes it's dirty and it's always hard work and tedious details. But, it's the only sport for grown-ups all other games are for kids.

Dirty politics quote The stronger you become, the gentler you will be.
The stronger you become, the gentler you will be.

There's a tendency, especially among academics, to see politics as deeply dirty and deeply egotistical.

Politics can be very mean and dirty. The things politicians say about each other, and what activists say, I had a brief glimpse of that for a couple of days. If I ever had any questions about whether I wanted to run for office, I now know the answer - I don't.

I think I should be active politically.

Because I look upon myself as a politician. That's not a dirty work you know. Some people think that there are something wrong with politicians. Of course, something wrong with some politicians.

Dirty politics quote Treat everyone with politeness and kindness, not because they are nice, but beca
Treat everyone with politeness and kindness, not because they are nice, but because you are.
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Politics is a dirty business, a ruse, an ideological cul-de-sac, a vast looter of intellectual and financial resources, a lie that corrupts, a deceiver, a means of unleashing vast evil in the world of the most unexpected and undetected sort and the greatest diverter of human productivity ever concocted by those who do not believe in authentic social and economic progress.

The civil liberties types who are fighting this issue have to fight it, owing to the nature of the laws, as a matter of freedom of speech and stifling of free expression and so on. But we know what's really involved, dirty books are fun. That's all there is to it. But you can't get up in a court and say that.


It gave dirty politics a bad name.

Dirty politics quote Having a dirty mind makes ordinary conversations much more interesting.
Having a dirty mind makes ordinary conversations much more interesting.
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We've seen a lot of dirty politics in Ireland.

We know from the French, their wonderfully neurotic presidents, that our hands are sort of tied. The Italians - I don't know where it stops. No nation can claim "We are an uncorrupt nation, therefore we will tell you what the morals of democracy are." Because it's going on everywhere.

I used to defend the West Wing show from the charge of sentimentality or wish-fulfilment, because I think if you do go into the Barack Obama White House you will find six or seven people around him who are true believers. We make these people climb this filthy rope and then we stand at the bottom and say, "Hey, your hands are dirty!" To show heroic, progressive, democratic politics at work was more than I ever expected.

The dirty work at political conventions is almost always done in the grim hours between midnight and dawn. Hangmen and politicians work best when the human spirit is at its lowest ebb.

Dirty politics quote I don't have a dirty mind, I have a sexy imagination.
I don't have a dirty mind, I have a sexy imagination.
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There is this concept of politics as a dirty game.


We tend to think of politics as bad, full of dirty tricks, negative ads, big campaigns, but I am here to explore the original meaning of politics, which is positive and has to do with balancing competing interests and looking for solutions.

You know, compromise can't be a dirty word in American politics.

There's plenty to argue about. Trump administration is still talking about ridiculous tax cuts for the wealthiest of the wealthy. That should be resisted with every fiber of our being.

Dirty politics quote Being polite is so rare these days, thats its often confused with flirting.
Being polite is so rare these days, thats its often confused with flirting.
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Politics is still the man's game. The women are allowed to do the chores, the dirty work, and now and then--but only occasionally--one is present at some secret conference or other. But it's not the rule. They can go out and get the vote, if they can and will; they can collect money, they can be grateful for being permitted to work. But that is all.

George Orwells 1984 frequently tops surveys of our greatest books: its not a celebration of poetic language. Its decidedly anti-literary, a masterpiece of personal and political narrative sequence. And its subject matter is crucial, because what 1984 shows is that language can be a dirty trick.

We cannot put cinema in parallel with the political, because politics are something dirty and cinema is not dirty.

Dirty politics quote Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you - not because the
Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you - not because they are nice, ut because you are.
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If you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics --a creed from which you yourself cannot expect to draw any material advantage --surely that proves that you are in the right?

That our popular art forms have become so obsessed with sex has turned the U.

S.A into a nation of hobbledehoys; as if grown people don't have more vital concerns, such as taxes, inflation, dirty politics, earning a living, getting an education, or keeping out of jail.

A lot of history is just dirty politics cleaned up for the consumption of children and other innocents.

Note the energy with which the media is going after Donald Trump Jr.

And there's a reason. They want to dirty him up. They want to destroy the guy before he gets started on his own political career. He has an obvious interest in politics. He knows his stuff - and he can sell it and he can be persuasive with it - and he is the exact kind of conservative they want to destroy before he gets started.

The politics of language and the politics of writing really got to me.

I've heard this phrase more than once now: this idea of the poetry wars, or the idea that people within the space of writing are at odds with one another or manipulating language to further one's political stance, manipulating language in ways that really felt dirty to me. All of these things worked their way into and through language for me.

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