The argument of the broken window pane is the most valuable argument in modern politics.— Emmeline Pankhurst
Mind-blowing Modern Politics quotations
When words are both true and kind they can change the world.
We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.
Modern totalitarianism can be defined as the establishment, by means of the state of exception, of a legal civil war that allows for the physical elimination not only of political adversaries but of entire categories of citizens who for some reason cannot be integrated into the political system
Be gentle with yourself, you're doing the best you can.
The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositories, and constituting each the guardian of the public weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern, some of them in our country and under our own eyes.
Our country, like every modern state, needs profound democratic reforms.
It needs political and ideological pluralism, a mixed economy and protection of human rights and the opening up of society.
The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives.
The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.
Be the person your dog thinks you are.
The modern patriotism, the true patriotism, the only rational patriotism is loyalty to the Nation all the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it.
In modern politics, even the leader of the free world needs help from the sultan of Facebookistan.
You know I have about the same interest in jewelry as I have in politics, horse racing, modern poetry, and women who need weird excitement – none.
There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.
Political freedom without economic freedom is almost worthless, and it is because the modern proletariat has the one kind of freedom without the other that its rebellion is now threatening the very structure of the modern world.
The two most potent post-war orthodoxies--socialist politics and modernist art--have at least one feature in common: they are bothforms of snobbery, the anti-bourgeois snobbery of people convinced of their right to dictate to the common man in the name of the common man.
'Beauty' is a currency system like the gold standard.
Like any economy, it is determined by politics, and in the modern age in the West is is the last, best belief system that keeps male dominance intact.
Treat everyone with politeness and kindness, not because they are nice, but because you are.
Kelsoism is not accepted by modern scientific economics as a valid and fruitful analysis of the distribution of income but rather it is regarded as an amateurish and cranky fad.
The great curse of modern political life is incrementalism.
What this brings out is that modern politics cannot be a matter of genuine moral consensus. And it is not. Modern politics is civil war carried on by other means.
The stronger you become, the gentler you will be.
It would be especially tragic if the people who most cherish ideals of peace, who are most anxious for political cooperation on a wider than national scale, made the mistake of underestimating the pace of economic change in our modern world.
Modern candidates seem to have to live with political matters all the time.
In my father's time, a politician's home was still his castle.
Modern politics has become little more than shirking responsibility and blaming somebody else.
Being polite is so rare these days, thats its often confused with flirting.
Modern systematic politics, whether liberal, conservative, radical, or socialist, simply has to be rejected from a standpoint that owes genuine allegiance to the tradition of the virtues; for modern politics itself expresses in its institutional forms a systematic rejection of that tradition
There has always been in our national experience a type of mind which elevates hatred to a kind of creed; for this mind, group hatreds take a place in politics similar to the class struggle in some other modern societies.
Midas, they say, possessed the art of old;
Of turning whatsoe'er he touch'd to gold; This modern statesmen can reverse with ease - Touch them with gold, they'll turn to what you please.
Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you - not because they are nice, ut because you are.
No medieval monarch in the whole of British history ever had such power as every modern British Prime Minister has in his or her hands. Nor does any American President have power approaching this
No doubt one may quote history to support any cause, as the devil quotes scripture; but modern history is not a very satisfactory side-arm in political polemics; it grows less and less so.
The modern dilemma is essentially a spiritual one, and every one of its main aspects, moral, political and scientific, brings us back to the need of a religious solution.
Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They're underused.
The science, the art, the jurisprudence, the chief political and social theories, of the modern world have grown out of Greece and Rome-not by favour of, but in the teeth of, the fundamental teachings of early Christianity, to which science, art, and any serious occupation with the things of this world were alike despicable.
My friendships and relationships in the conservative world are not predicated on political correctness and enforced conformity of thought. They are based, instead, on mutual respect, honesty and understanding - concepts many modern liberals should consider revisiting.
Ancient boundaries are meaningless, except for political purposes;
old divisions of clan and tribe are sentimental remnants of the pre-atomic age; neither creed nor color nor place of origin is relevant to the realities of modern power to utterly seek and destroy.
A few nice words can help a person a lot more than you think.
In modern capitalism economic exploitation rather than political oppression is the real enemy of the people.
Politics, as any observer of the modern world knows, is the enemy of economics, everywhere and always.
Modern government has become a universal transfer agency that utilizes the political process for distributing vast measures of income and wealth. It preys on millions of victims in order to allocate valuable goods and services to its beneficiaries.
Someone asked me the other day if I believe in conspiracies. Well, sure. Here's one. It is called political system. It is nothing if not a giant conspiracy to rob, trick and subjugate the population.
So much of modern politics is focused not on honest differences of policy but on personal attacks.
Modern politics is civil war carried on by other means.
Now the sole remedy for the abuse of political power is to limit it;
but when politics corrupt business, modern reformers invariably demand the enlargement of the political power.
In his study of Atlanta over the last 60 years, Kevin Kruse convincingly describes the critical connections between race, Sun Belt suburbanization, the rise of the new Republican majority. White Flight is a powerful and compelling book that should be read by anyone interested in modern American politics and post-World War II urban history.
It is well known that my husband and Lady Thatcher enjoyed a very special relationship as leaders of their respective countries during one of the most difficult and pivotal periods in modern history. Ronnie and Margaret were political soul mates, committed to freedom and resolved to end Communism.