Beefy words - of struggle, resistance, truth 


Men who are in earnest are not afraid of consequences.

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


Babylon system is a vampire.

- Robert Nesta Marley, philosopher-poet, extremist


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

- Kwame Nkrumah, Pan-Africanist, extremist


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


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

- Karl Marx, Philosopher, extremist


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


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

- Plato, Philosopher, extremist


Know your enemy, study his way.

- Sun Tzu, Military strategist, extremist


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


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


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


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


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


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


Truth is on the side of the oppressed.

- Malcom X, Freedom-fighter, extremist


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

- Marx, philosopher, extremist


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 neo-colonialism and imperialism.

- Kwame Nkrumah, Pan-Africanist, extremist


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

- George Orwell, writer, extremist


If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

- Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist, extremist


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


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