Beefy words – of struggle, resistance, truth 

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The Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the President-General of Africa

“Men who are in earnest are not afraid of consequences.”

– Mr Garvey, President-General of Africa, ‘extremist’ *

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“Babylon system is a vampire.”

Robert Nesta Marley, Philosopher-poet, ‘extremist’

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“Capital is dead labour, that, vampire-like, only lives by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks”.

– Karl Marx, Philosopher, revolutionist, ‘extremist’

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“We prefer self-government with danger to servitude in tranquility.”

– Kwame Nkrumah, Pan-Afrikanist, ‘extremist’

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“Imperialism is piracy transplanted from the seas to dry land – piracy reorganized, consolidated and adapted to the aim of exploiting the natural and human resources of our peoples.”

– Amilcar Cabral, Freedom-fighter, ‘extremist’

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“Philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.”

– Karl Marx, Philosopher, ‘extremist’

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“The first class antagonism appearing in history coincides with the development of the antagonism of man and wife in monogamy, and the first class oppression with that of the female by the male sex.”

– Friedrich Engels, Communist, Marx’s co-worker, ‘extremist’

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“First they came for the Communists,

and I didn’t speak up,

because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews,

and I didn’t speak up,

because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics,

and I didn’t speak up,

because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me,

and by that time there was no one left

to speak up for me.”

Martin Niemoller, Good Human Being, ‘extremist’

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“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”

Plato, Philosopher, ‘extremist’

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“Know your enemy, study his way.”

Sun Tzu, Military strategist, ‘extremist’

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“If the designing of the future and the proclamation of ready-made solutions for all time is not our affair, then we realise all the more clearly what we have to accomplish in the present – I am speaking of a ruthless criticism of everything existing, ruthless in two senses: The criticism must not be afraid of its own conclusions, nor of conflict with the powers that be.”

– Marx, philosopher, ‘extremist’

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“The anarchists put the thing upside down. They declare that the proletarian revolution must begin by doing away with the political organisation of the state. But after its victory the sole organisation which the proletariat finds already in existence is precisely the state. This state may require very considerable alterations before it can fulfil its new functions. But to destroy it at such a moment would be to destroy the only organism by means of which the victorious proletariat can assert its newly-conquered power, hold down its capitalist adversaries and carry out that economic revolution of society without which the whole victory must end in a new defeat and in a mass slaughter of the workers similar to those after the Paris Commune.”

– Engels, communist, ‘extremist’

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“Politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested  not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed.”

– Harold Pinter, writer, ‘extremist’

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“It is gratifying that America is now opening its eyes and I am not so wacky and out there by myself anymore. We are not the ‘extreme’ people anymore…Look at the polls, George Bush, you’re the one who’s at the extremes…Our kids are being killed and they’re killing innocent Iraqis for lies. It’s not brain surgery.”

– Cindy Sheehan, anti-war mother and activist, ‘extremist’

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“Nowhere do ‘politicians’ form a more separate and powerful section of the nation than precisely in North America. There, each of the two major parties which alternatively succeed each other in power is itself in turn controlled by people who make a business of politics, who speculate on seats in the legislative assemblies of the Union as well as of the separate states, or who make a living by carrying on agitation for their party and on its victory are rewarded with positions …They continue to sink ever deeper in this swamp of corruption … Here there exists no dynasty, no nobility … nevertheless we find here two great gangs of political speculators, who alternately take possession of the state power and exploit it by the most corrupt means and for the most corrupt ends – and the nation is powerless against these two great cartels of politicians, who are ostensibly its servants, but in reality dominate and plunder it.”

– Engels, communist, ‘extremist’

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“I am an humble African passing through Babylon”.

– Joseph Hill, Rasta, poet, ‘extremist’

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“The fact is: I knew it then and I don’t have national security clearance. I knew there was no tie between Saddam Hussein and 9/11. We all knew the UN inspectors wanted to keep looking for weapons of mass destruction. Basically, the Democrat leadership was scared [of criticising Bush] and it’s too bad, because it’s come back to haunt them…The truth is, you still have to ask questions. We do have Syria, Iran and North Korea. We’ve got a lot of other issues and we don’t want to go into these with an [ideological] agenda, and then fake whatever information we we need to back up our agenda again.”

George Clooney, actor, ‘extremist’

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“As every single person here knows, the justification for the invasion of Iraq was that Saddam Hussein possessed a highly dangerous body of weapons of mass destruction, some of which could be fired in 45 minutes, bringing about appalling devastation. We were assured that was true. It was not true. We were told that Iraq had a relationship with al-Qaida and shared responsibility for the atrocity in New York of September 11 2001. We were assured that this was true. It was not true. We were told that Iraq threatened the security of the world. We were assured it was true. It was not true.”

– Harold Pinter, writer, ‘extremist’

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“The [US and its allies’] use of torture is dishonourable. It corrupts and degrades the state which uses it and the legal system which accepts it…Many people in the United States have felt their country dishonoured by its use of torture outside the jurisdiction and its practice of extra-legal ‘rendition’ of suspects to countries where they would be tortured. The rejection of torture…has a special iconic importance as the touchstone of a humane and civilised legal system.”

– Lord Hoffman, British Law Lord, ‘extremist’

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“Truth is on the side of the oppressed.”

– Malcom X, Freedom-fighter, ‘extremist’

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“The profound hypocrisy and inherent barbarism of bourgeois civilization lies unveiled before our eyes, turning from its home, where it assumes respectable forms, to the colonies, where it goes naked.”

– Marx, philosopher, ‘extremist’

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“The emancipation of woman will only be possible when woman can take part in production on a large, social scale, and domestic work no longer claims anything but an insignificant amount of her time”.

– Engels, communist, ‘extremist’

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“So many blessings flow from our unity, so many disasters must follow our continued disunity, that our failure today will not be attributed by posterity only to faulty reasoning and lack of courage, but to our CAPITULATION before the forces of neocolonialism and imperialism.”

– Nkrumah, Pan-Afrikanist, ‘extremist’

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“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

– George Orwell, writer, ‘extremist’

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“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”

– Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist, ‘extremist’

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“Demand from responsible Party members that they dedicate themselves seriously to study, that they interest themselves in the things and problems of our daily life and struggle, in their fundamental and essential aspect and not simply in their appearance.  Learn from life, learn from our people, learn from books, learn from the experience of others. Never stop learning. ”

– Amilcar Cabral, Freedom-fighter, ‘extremist’

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* Some years ago eBeefs could not be accessed from Leeds City Council libraries, for allegedly being “extremist”.  That inspired the “extremist” tag on my eminently quotable quotees. We seem to keep the best company!  Incidentally, words by real extremists, unindicted war criminals Bush and Blair, were not banned.  Of course not!  They only went and mass-murdered innocent millions of Iraqi women, children and men.  My kill count?  Zero!