Quotes! D

(in alphabetical order by author)

"I am the man they complain of
Because opposed to formality
The man they laugh at
Because opposed to barriers."

- Bernard B. Dadie (b. 1916), "Leaf in the Wind";
Côte d'Ivoire poet

See: "Banks of the Red River,"
by Fazil Hüsnü Daglarca; Turkish poet

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he has grown up." - Salvador Dali (1904-1989); Spanish artist

See: "Persistence of Memory" (1932), by Salvador Dali

- Dali Lama (Gyatso Tenzin, b. 1935), "Nobel Prize for Peace Acceptance Speech" (December 10, 1989, Oslo, Norway, Earth); Indian Tibetan spiritual and political leader, Nobel Peace Prize recepient

"Since 1987, the population has passed five billion. Seven or eight hundred million people have been added since that date. In less than thirty years, this global figure may double. People have to be clearly informed, without hypocrisy, without prejudice. We have to say clearly: Six billion inhabitants is too much. Morally it's a grave error, because of the aggravated distortion between the rich countries and the poor countries. And as a practical matter it's frightening...It has to be publicized and promoted. Each individual has to be publicized and promoted. Each individual is a marvelous opportunity. And abortion is a violent act, which we reject." - Dali Lama, "Global View: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama," by Jean-Claude Carriere (Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Fall 1995)

On the U.S. government: "Although you count on everything, you lack one thing: God." - Rubén Darío (1867-1916), "To Roosevelt"; Nicaraguan poet [read it!]

"He didn't say that. He was reading what was given to him in a speech." - Richard Darman, director of OMB, explaining why Prez Bush wasn't following up on his campaign pledge that there would be no loss of wetlands.

"Now, your Honor, I have spoken about the war. I believed in it. I don't know whether I was crazy or not. Sometimes I think perhaps I was. I approved of it; I joined in the general cry of madness and despair. I urged men to fight. I was safe because I was too old to go. I was like the rest. What did they do? Right or wrong, justifiable or unjustifiable - which I need not discuss to-day - it changed the world. For four long years the civilized world was engaged in killing men. Christian against Christian, barbarian uniting with Christians to kill Christians; anything to kill. It was taught in every school, aye in the Sunday schools. The little children played at war. The toddling children on the street. Do you suppose this world has ever been the same since then? How long, your Honor, will it take for the world to get back the humane emotions that were slowly growing before the war? How long will it take the calloused hearts of men before the scars of hatred and cruelty shall be removed?

"We read of killing one hundred thousand men in a day. We read about it and we rejoiced in it - if it was the other fellows who were killed. We were fed on flesh and drank blood. Even down to the prattling babe. I need not tell your Honor this, because you know; I need not tell you how many upright, honorable young boys have come into this court charged with murder, some saved and some sent to their death, boys who fought in this war and learned to place a cheap value on human life. You know it and I know it. These boys were brought up in it. The tales of death were in their homes, their playgrounds, their schools; they were in the newspapers that they read; it was a part of the common frenzy - what was a life? It was nothing. It was the least sacred thing in existence and these boys were trained to this cruelty."

- Clarence Darrow, "Mercy for Leopold and Loeb" (August 1924)

"The presence of a body of well-instructed men, who have not to labor for their daily bread, is important to a degree which cannot be overestimated; as all high intellectual work is carried on by them, and on such work material progress of all kinds mainly depends, not to mention other and higher advantages." - Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

"Men of lofty genius are most active when they are doing the least work." - Leonard da Vinci (1452-1519); Italian painter, scientist

"Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo - obedient to our keepers, but dangerous to each other." - Angela Davis (b. 1944), An Autobiography (1974); U.S. activist, writer

Mike Davis (b. 1946)

"...From the street-window I look on the slow stream of human life creeping past, night and morning, to the great mills. Masses of men, with dull, besotted faces bent to the ground, sharpened here and there by pain or cunning; skin and muscle and flesh begrimed with smoke and ashes; stooping all night over boliling caldrons of metal, laired by day in dens of drunkenness and infamy; breathing from infancy to death an air saturated with fog and grease and soot, vileness for soul and body. What do you make of a case like that, amateur psychologist? You call it an altogether serious thing to be alive: to these men is is a drunken jest, a joke, - horrible to angels perhaps, to them commonplace enough." - Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910), Life in the Iron Mills (Atlantic Monthly, April 1861); U.S. writer, essayist, journalist

Rebecca Harding Davis, Bits of Gossip (1904)

ON BEING IMPRISONED: "I lost all consciousness of any cause. I had no sense of being a radical, making a protest against a government, carrying on a nonviolent revolution...I lost all feeling of my own identity. I reflected on the desolation of poverty, of destitution, of sickness and sin. That I would be free after thirty days meant nothing to me. I would never be free again." - Dorothy Day (1897-1980), The Long Loneliness (1952); U.S. activist, humanitarian, co-founder of Catholic Worker Movement; jailed and imprisoned often

Dorothy Day

The Day After (U.S. film, 1983), directed by Nicholas Meyer (b. 1945)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (U.S. film, 1951), directed by Robert Wise (b. 1914, U.S.)

"In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation...

"The spectacle presents itself simultaneously as all of society, as part of society, and as instrument of unification...

"The spectacle grasped in its totality is both the result and the project of the existing mode of production. It is not a supplement to the real world, an additional decoration. It is the heart of the unrealism of the real society. In all its specific forms, as information or propaganda, as advertisement or direct entertainment consumption, the spectacle is the present model of socially dominant life...

"Considered in its own terms, the spectacle is affirmation of appearance and affirmation of all human life, namely social life, as mere appearance. But the critique which reaches the truth of the spectacle exposes it as the visible negation of life, as a negation of life which has become visible."

- Guy Debord (1932-1994), The Society of the Spectacle (1967);
French Situationist philosopher, writer, filmmaker

Guy Debord

"Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder...the master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles." - Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926), "The Canton, Ohio Speech," June 16, 1918; Debs received one million votes in 1920 as candidate for U.S. President (on the socialist ticket), while serving a ten year prison sentence for having said this.

"I have not the least fear of invasion of attack from without. The invasion and attack I want the workers to prepare to resist and put an end to comes from within, from our own predatory plutocracy right here at home. I do not know of any foreign buccaneers that could come nearer skinning the American workers to the bone than is now being [done] by the Rockefellers and their pirate pals. The workers have no country to fight for. It belongs to the capitalists and plutocrats." - Eugene Debs, in a letter to Upton Sinclair, January 12, 1916 (Gentle Rebel: Letters of Eugene V. Debs)

"I would no more teach children military training than teach them arson, robbery, or assassination." - Eugene V. Debs

"I am opposed to the system of society in which we live today, not because I lack the natural equipment to do for myself, but because I am not satisfied to make myself comfortable knowing that there are thousands upon thousands of my fellow men who suffer for the barest necessities of life. We were taught under the old ethic that man's business upon this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter what may become of your fellow man. Thousands of years ago the question was asked: "Am I my brother's keeper?" That question has never yet been answered in a way that is satisfactory to civilized society." - Eugene Debs, "The Issue (23 May 1908)

"The basis of all political action is coercion; even when the State does good things, it finally rests on a club, a gun, or a prison, for its power to carry them through." - Voltairine de Cleyre (1866-1912), "Direct Action"; U.S. anarchist, feminist, writer, theorist

"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men." - Voltairine de Cleyre, "Anarchism and American Traditions"

Voltairine de Cleyre, "The Economic Tendency of Freethought"

"There is not upon the face of the earth today a government so utterly and shamelessly corrupt as that of the United States of America. There are others more cruel, more tyrannical, more devastating; there is none so utterly venal." - Voltairine de Cleyre, "Anarchism and American Traditions"

"During the Renaissance, women were not allowed to attend art school. Everyone asks, where are the great women painters of the Renaissance?" - Karen DeCrow (b. 1937), Sexist Justice (1974); U.S. activist, writer

The Deer Hunter (U.S. film, 1978), directed by Michael Cimino (b. 1943, U.S.)

Defence of the Realm (U.K. film, 1985), directed by David Drury

Diana Dell, A Saigon Party (And Other Vietnam War Short Stories); U.S. writer

"The simple fact that they were armed and handling service rifles went to the heads of men who otherwise had never previously handled anything more lethal than a pair of weighing-scales, and made them, for no reason at all, terrifying to anyone they encountered. They executed innocent people just to show that they could kill. As they roamed through fields as yet innocent of Prussians, they shot stray dogs, cows gently masticating, and sick horses grazing in meadows. Each man believed that he had been called upon to play a great military role." - Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893); French short story writer, novelist, poet

"Wasteland of the Free" (1996)
by Iris DeMent

(b. 1961, U.S.)
folk singer/songwriter

Living in the wasteland of the free...

We got preachers dealing in politics and diamond mines
and their speech is growing increasingly unkind
They say they are Christ's disciples
but they don't look like Jesus to me
and it feels like I am living in the wasteland of the free

We got politicians running races on corporate cash
Now don't tell me they don't turn around and kiss them peoples' ass
You may call me old-fashioned
but that don't fit my picture of a true democracy
and it feels like I am living in the wasteland of the free

We got CEO's making two hundred times the workers' pay
but they'll fight like hell against raising the minimum wage
and If you don't like it, mister, they'll ship your job
to some third-world country 'cross the sea
and it feels like I am living in the wasteland of the free

Living in the wasteland of the free
where the poor have now become the enemy
Let's blame our troubles on the weak ones
Sounds like some kind of Hitler remedy
Living in the wasteland of the free

We got little kids with guns fighting inner city wars
So what do we do, we put these little kids behind prison doors
and we call ourselves the advanced civilization
that sounds like crap to me
and it feels like I am living in the wasteland of the free

We got high-school kids running 'round in Calvin Klein and Guess
who cannot pass a sixth-grade reading test
but if you ask them, they can tell you
the name of every crotch on MTV
and it feels like I am living in the wasteland of the free

We kill for oil, then we throw a party when we win
Some guy refuses to fight, and we call that the sin
but he's standing up for what he believes in
and that seems pretty damned American to me
and it feels like I am living in the wasteland of the free

Living in the wasteland of the free
where the poor have now become the enemy
Let's blame our troubles on the weak ones
Sounds like some kind of Hitler remedy
Living in the wasteland of the free

While we sit gloating in our greatness
justice is sinking to the bottom of the sea
Living in the wasteland of the free
Living in the wasteland of the free
Living in the wasteland of the free

"The poor are treated like enemies and it's getting now that you are almost considered a nut case if you speak out for ordinary people." - Iris DeMent, "'The poor are treated like enemies': An interview with Iris DeMent," by Richard Phillips, World Socialist Web Site, 18 April 1998

"We are earth of this earth, and we are bone of its bone.
This is a prayer I sing, for we have forgotten this and so
The earth is perishing."

- Barbara Deming (1917-1984), "Spirit of Love,"
We Are All Part of One Another (1984);
U.S. poet, writer, activist, pacifist

"Experiment with nonviolent struggle has barely begun. But is a world in which traditional violent battle can escalate into nuclear war, it is an experiment that is absolutely necessary to push to its furthest limits." - Barbara Deming

"What is the revolution that we need? We need to dissolve the lie that some people have a right to think of other people as their property. And we need at last to form a circle that includes us all, in which all of us are seen as equal...We do not belong to the other, but our lives are linked; we belong in a circle of others." - Barbara Deming

"We were protesting that there is any such classification as second-class citizen." - Barbara Deming

See: "And the Home of the Brave" (1931), by Charles Demuth (1883-1935), U.S. artist

"Our lost virginities will never be regained
Never more will be chosen from princely beds.
The Royal Eagle, with his pearly beak
Digs into the slain hearts
Ruptures the life roots
Abandons the remains"

- Anette M'Baye d'Erneville (b. 1926), "Labane"; Senegalese poet

"Marxism remains at once indispensable and structurally insufficient." - Jacques Derrida (b. 1930), Specters of Marx; Alberian-born French philosopher

"Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt." - Deuteronomy 10:19 (King James Version Bible, Old Testament)

"I am not impressed by the Ivy League establishments. Of course they graduate the best - it's all they'll take, leaving to others the problem of educating the country. They will give you an education the way the banks will give you money - provided you can prove to their satisfaction that you don't need it." - Peter de Vries; U.S. novelist

"When it was day, the soldiers returned to the fort, having massacred or murdered eighty Indians, and considering they had done a deed of Roman valour, in murdering so many in their sleep; wheras infants were torn from their mother's breasts, and hacked to pieces in the presence of the parents, and the pieces thrown into the fire and in the water, and other sucklings were bound to small boards, and then cut, stuck, and pierced, and miserably massacred in a manner to move a heart of stone. Some were thrown into the river, and when the fathers and mothers endeavored to save them, the soldiers would not let them come on land, but made both parents and children drown...Many fled from this scene, and concealed themselves in the neighboring sedge, and when it was morning, came out to beg a piece of bread, and to be permitted to warm themselves; but they were murdered in cold blood and tossed into the water. Some came by our lands in the country with their hands, some with their legs cut off, and some holding their entrails in their arms...After this exploit, the soldiers were rewarded for their services, and Director Kieft thanked them by taking them by the hand and congratulating them." - Willem DeVries, in From the Heart: Voices of the American Indian (edited by Lee Miller); Netherlands

"In Mexico, and presumably in other Latin-American states, conditions are exacerbated by the extended meaning which has been given the Monroe Doctrine. In this widened meaning it has become one of the chief causes of the growing imperialism of the United States...The average citizen of the United States has little knowledge of the extent of American business and financial interests in Mexico. It does not occur to him that, from the standpoint of intelligent Mexicans, that country is in great danger of becoming an economic dependency of this country. As things go, the Mexicans and other Central and South Americans might awaken some morning and find their natural resources, agricultural and grazing lands, mines and oil wells, mainly in the hands of foreigners, largely Americans, and managed for the profit of investors from foreign countries...From the Mexican standpoint, the government is fighting for control of its own country, as much as if it were at war..." - John Dewey (1859-1952), "Imperialism Is Easy" (The New Republic, March 23, 1927), American philosopher and education reformer

"Public opinion! Why, public opinion in the slave States is slavery, is it not? Public opinion in the slave States has delivered the slaves over to the gentle mercies of their masters. Public opinion has made the laws, and denied the slaves legislative protection. Public opinion has knotted the lash, heated the branding-iron, loaded the rifle, and shielded the murderer. Public opinion threatens the abolitionist with death, if he venture to the South; and drags him with a rope about his middle, in broad unblushing noon, through the first city in the East. Public opinion has, within a few years, burned a slave alive at a slow fire in the city of St. Louis; and public opinion has to this day maintained upon the bench that estimable Judge who charged the Jury, impanelled there to try his murderers, that their most horrid deed was an act of public opinion, and, being so, must not be punished by the laws the public sentiment had made. Public opinion hailed this doctrine with a howl of wild applause..." - Charles Dickens (1812-1870), "Slavery" (Chapter 17 from American Notes, 1842); British author

See: "Murdering the Innocents," Chapter 2 of Hard Times, by Charles Dickens

"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." - Denis Diderot (1713-1784); French philosopher, encyclopedist

Denis Diderot, "Conversation Between D'Alembert and Diderot"

Karl Diehl

The Dielo Trouda (Workers' Cause) Group, "Organisational Platform of the Libertarian Communists" (pamphlet; 1926); a group of exiled Russian anarchists in France

By David Diop (1927-1960), Senegalese/Cameroonian-French poet
[in The Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry,
edited by Gerald Moore and Ulli Beier]

Africa my Africa
Africa of proud warriors in ancestral savannahs
Africa of whom my grandmother sings
On the banks of the distant river
I have never known you
But your blood flows in my veins
Your beautiful black blood that irrigates the fields
The blood of your sweat
The sweat of your work
The work of your slavery
The slavery of your children
Africa tell me Africa
Is this your back that is bent
This back that breaks under the weight of humiliation
This back trembling with red scars
And saying yes to the whip under the midday sun
But a grave voice answers me
Impetuous son that tree young and strong
That tree over there
Splendidly alone amidst white and faded flowers
That is your Africa springing up anew
Springing up patiently obstinately
Whose fruits bit by bit acquire
The bitter taste of liberty.

"The Vultures"
By David Diop
[in The Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry,
edited by Gerald Moore and Ulli Beier]

In those days
When civilization kicked us in the face
When holy water slapped our cringing brows
The vultures built in the shadow of their talons
The bloodstained monument of tutelage
In those days
There was painful laughter on the metallic hell of the roads
And the monotonous rhythm of the paternoster
Drowned the howling on the plantations
O the bitter memories of extorted kisses
Of promises broken at the point of a gun
Of foreigners who did not seem human
Who knew all the books but did not know love
But we whose hands fertilize the womb of the earth
In spite of your songs of pride
In spite of the desolate villages of torn Africa
Hope was preserved in us as in a fortress
And from the mines of Swaziland to the factories of Europe
Spring will be reborn under our bright steps.

"Our Life"
By Mbella Sonne Dipoko (b. 1936); Cameroon-born poet
[In The Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry (1984),
edited by Gerald Moore and Ulli Beier]

An ailing bird over the desert made its agony
A song blown through the air
As at the oasis
Drawers of water said
How low it flies oh how touching its song

The winged hope that proved to be a dream
(Masked our destiny with a black hood)

As in the cities we said the same prayers
As in the villages we espoused ancestral myths
Transmitting our frustration our life our mortality
To the young country of tomorrow and day after tomorrow
Flattering ourselves with the charityof the blood-donor's love.

"E x i l e"
By Mbella Sonne Dipoko (b. 1936)
[In The Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry (1984),
edited by Gerald Moore and Ulli Beier]

In silence
The overloaded canoe leaves our shores

But who are these soldiers in camouflage,
These clouds going to rain in foreign lands?

The night is losing its treasures
The future seems a myth
Warped on a loom worked by lazy hands.

But perhaps all is not without some good for us
As from the door of a shack a thousand miles away
The scaly hand of a child takes in greeting
The long and skinny fingers of the rain.

Colonel: "Marijuana isn't a drug. Look at what goes on in Vietnam. From the general down to the private, they all smoke."
Mme. Thevenot: "As a result, once a week they bomb their own troops."
Colonel: "If they bomb their own troops, they must have their reasons."

- The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (film; France/Italy/Spain, 1972);
directed by Luis Buñuel (1900-1983; born: Spain)

"While we all try to discern between
Our cup of tea and we call obscenity
The house's legislation
ripped the phoney foundation
off what we thought inherent
Sent Joey to the Supreme Court

'Cause he made a statement
they called it desecration
of the symbol that was meant to represent
the freedom of so called choice and dissent
They almost had me believing it
They were bleeding him
He said, "Burn, baby, burn"
'Til the street samurai
said to my face that
any flag that's worth a shit
was woven from fire in the first place."

- The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, "Satanic Reverses"
(Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury);
African-American hip-hop band

Please see: "Earth Knower" (1931-1935), by Maynard Dixon (1875-1946), U.S. painter

"In the 1960s we were told that technology would eventually take over the menial jobs of our day-to-day existence making it possible for us to work only 3 to 5 hours a day. We should have suspected something; hasn't technology broken enough promises?..." - Poppy Dixon, "The Right to be Lazy" (May 1997)

"Whenever citizens are seen routinely as enemies of their own government, writers are routinely seen to be the most dangerous enemies." - E.L. Doctorow

Dog Day Afternoon (U.S. film, 1975), directed by Sidney Lumet (b. 1924, U.S.)

"A balance must be achieved between the suffocating tyranny of unbridled authority and the kind of "autonomy" that leads to petty local patriotism, separation of little grouplets, and the fragmentation of society." - Sam Dolgoff, "The Relevance of Anarchism to Modern Society" (1970)

Sam Dolgoff ("Sam Weiner"), "The Labor Party Illusion" (c. 1971)

Sam Dolgoff, "Misconceptions of Anarchism"

" T h e F l e a "
By John Donne (1572-1631); English Metaphysical poet, churchman

Mark but this flea, and mark in this,
How little that which thou deniest me is;
Me it sucked first, and now sucks thee,
And in this flea our two bloods mingled be;
Thou know'st that this cannot be said
A sin, or shame, or loss of maidenhead,
Yet this enjoys before it woo,
And pampered swells with one blood made of two,
And this, alas, is more than we would do.

Oh stay, three lives in one flea spare,
Where we almost, nay more than married are.
This flea is you and I, and this
Our marriage bed and marriage temple is;
Though parents grudge, and you, we are met,
And cloistered in these living walls of jet.
Though use [habit] make you apt to kill me,
Let not to that, self-murder added be,
And sacrilege, three sins in killing three.

Cruel and sudden, hast thou since
Purpled thy nail in blood of innocence?
Wherein could this flea guilty be,
Except in that drop which it sucked from thee?
Yet thou triumph'st, and say'st that thou
Find'st not thy self nor me the weaker now;
'Tis true; then learn how false fears be:
Just so much honor, when thou yield'st to me,
Will waste, as this flea's death took life from thee.

"No man is an Island, entire of it self; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee." - John Donne (1571?-1631), Meditation XVII

See also: John Donne's "Death, be not proud..."

"What have they done to the earth?
What have they done to our fair sister?
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her
Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn
And tied her with fences and dragged her down."

- The Doors, "When the Music's Over";
U.S. rock and roll band

"You have to realize how physically and emotionally undernourished and starved the small tenant farmers, the small storekeepers, the jellybeans and drugstore loafers who make up the lynching mobs are, to understand the orgy of righteousness and unconscious sex and cruelty impulses, that a lynching lets loose. The feeling of superiority to the Negro is the only thing the poor whites of the South have got. A lynching is a kind of carnival to them." - John Dos Passos (1896-1970), "Scottsboro's Testimony," Labor Defender, July 31, 1931 (in Communism In America: A History in Documents; edited by Albert Fried, 1997)

"Evidently the court stenographer didn't take the trouble to put down what the colored boys said in their own words; what they said didn't matter, they were going to burn anyway." - John Dos Passos (ibid)

Mary S. Doten (1845-1914), "Idiots, Lunatics, Paupers, and Women!" (December 5, 1890); U.S. educator, suffragist

Mary Doten, "Woman Suffrage" (Reno Evening Gazette, December 7, 1894)

"Such pipsqueaks as Nixon and McCarthy are trying to get us so frightened of Communism that we'll be afraid to turn out the lights at night." - Helen Gahagan Douglas (1900-1980), speech (1950); U.S. member of Congress, actress, singer, activist

"The radical has never fared well in American life, whether he was dubbed anarchist, socialist, Bolshevik or Communist. Public passions have always run high against him; and that feeling has radiated from judges as well as from newspapers and the people on Main Street...America has long been and continues to be a very conservative nation." - William O. Douglas (1898-1980), "Judicial Treatment of Nonconformists," The Court Years 1939-1975: The Autobiography of William O. Douglas (1980); U.S. scholar, Supreme Court judge

"Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." - Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), 1849; African-American abolitionist, former U.S. slave

"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe." - Frederick Douglass, Speech in Washington, D.C. (April 1886)

"I love the pure, preaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ; I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land. Indeed, I can see no reason, but the most deceitful one, for calling the religion of this land Christianity. I look upon it as the climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds, and the grossest of all libels." - Frederick Douglass, "Appendix," Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself (1845)

"Slavery, like all other great systems of wrong, founded in the depths of human selfishness, and existing for ages, has not neglected its own conservation. It has steadily exerted an influence upon all around it favorable to its own continuance. And today it is so strong that it could exist, not only without law, but even against law. Custom, manners, morals, religion, are all on its side..." - Frederick Douglass, "Reconstruction," The Atlantic Monthly (December 1866)

Frederick Douglass, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" (5 July 1852)

Yael Dragwyla; domestic potrzbie breeder, collector of fine axolotls and Mandelbrot sets, writer

"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy." - drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859

"The nearest thing to a common content of the various 'socialisms' is a negative: anti-capitalism. On the positive side, the range of conflicting and incompatible ideas that call themselves socialist is wider than the spread of ideas within the bourgeois world." - Hal Draper, "The Two Souls of Socialism" (Anvil, Winter 1960)

Hal Draper, Berkeley: The New Student Revolt

Hal Draper, "The ABC of National Liberation Movements: A Political Guide"

"Belief in the greatness and dignity of Man has been the guiding principle of my life and work. The logic of my life and work leads me therefore to apply for membership in the Communist Party." - Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945), "Request to Become a Communist" [July 25, 1945; printed in The Daily Worker July 30, 1945 (in Communism In America: A History in Documents, edited by Albert Fried, 1997)]; American novelist

"In America, the wealthy individuals who rule in corporate affairs appear to be attracted to the church by reason of its hold not only on the mind but the actions of its adherents. Politically, socially and otherwise, they count on its power and influence..." - Theodore Dreiser, "The Church and Wealth in America" (Chapter 14 of Tragic America, 1931)

"Racism is born of fear and ignorance; fear of other people whom we don't know and who we imagine are just the opposite of ourselves." - Karim Dridi, "A Conversation with Karim Dridi" (Slowburn!); French-Tunisian film director

"Have you ever heard of a thing called fluoridation? Fluoridation of water?...Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face?...Do you realize that in addition to fluoridated water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk, ice cream?...Children's ice cream?...You know when fluoridation first began?...Nineteen hundred and forty-six...How does that coincide with your postwar commie conspiracy, huh? It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual, and certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core commie works." - Dr. Strangelove: or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (U.K., 1963 film); directed and co-written by Stanley Kubrick

"Well, boys, I reckon this is it - nuclear combat toe to toe with the Rooskies. Now look, boys, I ain't much of a hand at makin' speeches, but I got a pretty fair idea that something doggone important is goin' on back there. And I got a fair idea the kinda personal emotions that some of you fellas may be thinkin'. Heck, I reckon you wouldn't even be human bein's if you didn't have some pretty strong personal feelin's about nuclear combat. I want you to remember one thing, the folks back home is a-countin' on you and by golly, we ain't about to let 'em down. I tell you something else, if this thing turns out to be half as important as I figure it just might be, I'd say that you're all in line for some important promotions and personal citations when this thing's over with. That goes for ever' last one of you regardless of your race, color or your creed. Now let's get this thing on the hump - we got some flyin' to do." - Dr. Strangelove

Drugstore Cowboy (U.S. film, 1989), directed by Gus Van Sant (b. 1952, U.S.)

"Capitalism can not reform itself; it is doomed to self-destruction. No universal selfishness can bring social good to all." - W.E. Burghardt DuBois (1868-1963), "Request to Join the Communist Party" (October 1, 1961); Arican-American revolutionary

"After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in the American world, - a world which yields him no self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world. It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amuzed contempt and pity. One feels his two-ness, - an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder." - W.E.B. DuBois, "Strivings of the Negro People" (The Atlantic Montly, August 1897); reprinted in a slightly altered version in Chapter 1 of The Souls of Black Folk (1903)

"...And then, of course, there is the terrific commercialization. So many artists, so many one-man shows, so many dealers and critics who are just lice on the back of the artists. Some of them are my friends, but I still have no respect for the profession of dealer or critic. And with commercialization has come the integration of the artist into society, for the first time in a hundred years. In my time we artists were pariahs, we knew it and we enjoyed it. But today the artist is integrated, and so he has to be paid, and so he has to keep producing for the market. It's a vicious circle. And artists are such supreme egos! It's disgusting. No, the only solution for the great man of tomorrow in art is to go underground. He may be recognized after his death, if he's lucky. Not having to deal with the money society on its own terms, he won't have to be integrated into it, and he won't become contaminated, as all the others are." - Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968)

See: "L.H.O.O.Q." (1919), by Marcel Duchamp

"You're a brave man. Go and break through the lines. And remember, while you're out there risking you're life and limb through shot and shell, we'll be in be in here thinking what a sucker you are." - U.S. film Duck Soup (1933), starring the Marx Brothers, directed by Leo McCarey (1898-1969, U.S.)

"No soldier starts a war - they only give their lives to it. Wars are started by you and me, by bankers and politicians, newspaper editors, clergymen who are ex-pacifists, and Congressmen with vertebrae of putty. The youngsters yelling inthe streets, poor lads, are the ones who pay the price." - Francis Duffy (1871-1932); U.S. priest, Sermon for memorial service, New York City

"Mankind will never win lasting peace so long as men use their full resources only in tasks of war. While we are yet at peace, let us mobilize the potentialities, particularly the moral and spiritual potentialities, which we usually reserve for war." - John Foster Dulles (1888-1959), War or Peace (1950)

"Employment Blues"
By Henry Dumas (1934-1968),
African-American poet, writer, Civil Rights activist,
shot and killed by a New York City policeman

I been to the factory, even got a card to go to sea
Yeah, I even got a card to merchant the sea
Aint there somebody in this city got a job for poor me?

Been all over town, everybody say the same
Yes, they all sayin the same
I'm so desperated, think I'll change my name

Gettin interviewed the other day, man say, "Sit down boy"
Yeah,outa work and he say "Sit down boy" Well I looked at the man and I say, "My fist look like a toy?"

Lookin high and low people

drive a truck or dig a ditch

Yeah, I'll drive a truck or dig a ditch

Cause without a job, a man's in an awful fix

Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935), "Hope Deferred" (The Crisis 8, September 1914); African-American Harlem Renaissance writer

Roxanne Dunbar, "Who is the Enemy?" [Originally published in No More Fun and Games: A Journal of Female Liberation, Cambridge, Mass.: Cell 16. vol. 1, no. 2 (Feb 1969)]

"One might say that the American trend of education is to reduce the senses almost to nil." - Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), My Life (1942); U.S. dancer, educator, writer

"Business knows no pity, and cares for justice only when justice is seen to be better policy. If it had power to control the elements, it would grasp in its iron clutches the waters, sunshine and air and resell them by measure, and at exorbitant prices to the millions of famished men, women and children." - W.A. Duncan in The Cherokee Advocate, 1892

Abigail Jane Scott Duniway (1834-1915); U.S. suffragist, poet, author

Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936); U.S. satirist, anti-imperialist

"In school I was taught the names Columbus, Cortez, and Pizzaro and a dozen other filthy murderers. A bloodline all the way to General Miles, Daniel Boone and general Eisenhower..." - Jimmie Durham, "Columbus Day"; Cherokee Native American

Buenaventura Durruti

Dusty and Sweets McGee (U.S. semi-documentary film, 1971), written and directed by Floyd Mutrux

"They made everything from toy guns that spark to flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark; it's easy to see without looking too far that not much is really sacred." - Bob Dylan, "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)"

"How many times must the cannon balls fly, before they're forever banned?" - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' in the Wind" (1962)

Read these: - "Masters of War," "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream",
"Maggie's Farm", "Subterranean Homesick Blues"

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