QUOTES by Dr. R. TREMBLAY



100 POLITICAL, ECONOMICAL and ETHICAL QUOTES by DR. RODRIGUE TREMBLAY

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1.
“Ideologies and ideas are not only about the truth; they are also about interests; — private and collective interests.
Therefore, ideologies and ideas are hard to change. And it can be expected that new ideologies and new ideas will be resisted.”
Rodrigue Tremblay

2.
“Interests ride on the white horses of ideas and ideologies.”
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3.
“The fundamental purpose of life is to live fully and as morally as possible, and to help others live their life fully and as morally as possible.”
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4.
“In the end, life is only a long succession of problems to be solved on a daily basis.”
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5.
“It is often in failure that we begin to prepare for future success. Because, we do things that we would not do in times of contentment and satisfaction. The opposite is also true.”
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6.
Travelling is an agreeable way to shuffle our mental cards.”
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7.
“Morality and religion are not the same thing. In fact, religion is a prism that tends to skew morality in one's favor, in one group’s favor or in one nation’s favor; often, what is good for one people is considered bad for others, and conversely.”
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8.
People who make hell on Earth often have the crazy idea that they are bound for a heaven after death.”
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9.
State-sponsored killing abroad or state-imposed capital punishment at home are both inimical to humanist principles.”
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10.
Sometimes, one can get away with an illegal act, if it is legitimate; sometimes, one can get away with an illegitimate act, if it is legal; but, it is most difficult to get away with an act, which is both illegal and illegitimate.”
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11.
“While democratic societies should have a great tolerance for an individual’s choice, they should not have a suicidal tolerance of intolerant movements that openly threaten to abolish freedom and democracy.”
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12.
“The absence of intellectual freedom—and its corollary, censorship—is the biggest enemy of human progress.”
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13
When despotic governments or other authorities deprive people of their natural right to property, they ipso facto deprive them of their natural right to be free.”
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14.
It is in the interest of any country to avoid giving power to idiots, to ignoramuses, incompetents, devious and delusional characters or to demagogues. More countries are destroyed by their own politicians than by invading armies.”
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15.
There is nothing that says that inept, ignorant, incompetent and power-hungry politicians cannot also turn out to be crazy and dangerous politicians.”
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16.
An incompetent politician who surrounds himself with competent people can pull it off. However, if he is dumb enough to surround himself with like-minded people, failure becomes a certainty.”
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17.
“Proselytizing or expansionist ideologies, such as communism, fascism, colonialism, Christianism, Islamism and Zionism, are powerful seeds of war. The more so, it seems, when one relies on the exhortations of a self-serving  “holy” book. The first three ideologies nearly destroyed the Planet in the 20th century, while the last three threaten to do the same in the 21st century.”
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18.
“Nowadays, a U.S. president who does not start a war abroad or who does not enlarge one already in progress is open to criticism and is likely to suffer politically. He must be seen less as a president than as a “commander-in-chief” —and even… as a de facto emperor.”
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19.
“Legally created entities such as corporations are not moral agents; only breathing individuals are; only they can adopt moral standards of conduct and be a source of law.”
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20.
If it is appropriate to introduce economic rationality into public debates, we must be careful not to throw out the baby with the bathwater and make markets what they are not, what they have never been and what they will never will be, that is, perfect mechanisms for allocating resources.”
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21.
“In economics, we have seen the emergence of a truly secular cult according to which the market is a kind of omniscient god, omnipotent and infallible, which could serve as the only collective instrument for achieving the common good and the collective interest, and this, in all circumstances. Some believe that there is no economic problem that markets, left alone, cannot solve on their own.”
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22.
It is always possible that a revolution will make things worse for everybody, rather than improve things for some.”
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23.
The captain of a ship who does not change course in the presence of insurmountable obstacles is not 'resolute'; he is rather showing myopic stupidity.”
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24.
There are periods when one can be forgiven for thinking that the world is an madhouse, with the inmates in charge.”
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25.
“Economic globalization transfers the real power in our societies from legitimate elected officials to officers of large corporations and of mega banks, and to owners of capital who, in turn, use it to corrupt the political system.”
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26.
A constitution is only good as long as the people in power, politicians, judges, etc., believe in its principles. If people in power no longer believe in its principles, they will find a way to change it or circumvent it. This is a major lesson of the history of democracy: democracies do die and they are often replaced by tyrannies.”
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27.
Politicians sometimes forget that, once elected, they are expected to serve all the people, not just their narrow base of fanatical partisans. In that regard, their public statements are very important because they give a clue to what type of public servant the candidates will become once in power. Also, a candidate can easily self-destruct if he or she forgets that, when talking to partisans, the entire electorate is listening. Strong general statements, good or bad, remain in people’s consciousness when time comes to vote.”
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28.
If persons in power can do whatever they want, irrespective of due process, that country is not a democracy. It may be a royalty, an empire or a dictatorship, but it is not a democratic republic.”
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29.
“The world should take notice when someone… with a fanatic mind and with powerful means, pretends to receive his marching orders from heaven.”
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30.
“It is not faith that gives freedom; knowledge brings freedom.”
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31.
The system of religions has played a central role in the evolution of the human species. It just happens that our ancestors invented the system of religions to solidify the cohesion of their communities and… to justify the killing of their enemies.”
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32.
Religion is like the ring, which is placed in the nose of an ox.”
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33.
“In general, superstitions and religions are the uneducated person's substitutes for scientific knowledge.”
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34.
“Too often, when people should be thinking and acting, they instead close their minds and start praying for a miracle.”
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35.
“Praying can be good for good people, but can bad for bad people, since prayers are only the reflection of one's thoughts.”
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36.
More than arguments, there is no greater persuader than events themselves.”
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37.
“No other organizations, (except perhaps an army) but organized religions can mobilize large groups of people into congregations and turn them into mind-numbed automatons, all too ready to follow orders.”
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38.
“The three fundamental [modern] scientific discoveries that intellectually destroyed geocentric religious views are:
— Galileo Galilei’s proof in 1632, that the Earth and human beings were not the center of the Universe;
— Charles Darwin’s discovery in 1859, that humans are not god-like creatures, unique among all species and are instead the outcome of a very long natural biological evolution;
— James Watson and Francis Crick’s discovery in 1953, of the structure of the double helix DNA molecule in each of the 46 chromosomes in human cells, and the devastating knowledge that humans share 96 to 99 percent of the same genes with chimpanzees.”
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39.
Islam, as a religion, remains profoundly anchored in the traditions of a seventh century tribal society. It denies the right to freedom of conscience and of religion, refuses the principle of religious tolerance, and tramples the principle of the equality of the sexes, while rejecting the democratic principle of the separation of Church and State.”
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40.
“Islamic countries need not search very far to discover the causes of their relative economic backwardness; they need only to look at their official religion and its devastating effects on work, education, research, saving, and investment, and this, in some instances, despite their enormous oil wealth.”
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41.
“No organized religion treats women, in practice, with less respect and consideration than radical Islam.”
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42.
The two biggest curses of humanity are proselytizing religions and wars, and both have often been intertwined.”
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43.
“The amalgam of belligerent religiosity and simplistic politics creates a threat that many have a problem understanding.”
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44.
Some religious systems establish vengeance as a modus operandi. And, since one side is always one revenge behind, it is a recipe for perpetual conflicts and perpetual wars.”
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45.
« There are none more ferocious than those who kill with religious zeal. »
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46.
“Wars and military murders are the last refuge of the religious scoundrel.”
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47.
“Warmongers in government know that people do not like wars, especially illegal wars of aggression, against countries which have not attacked them, and that is why their first reflex is to attempt to drag the people along with lies and false pretexts for war, and by dehumanizing any potential enemy through simplistic propaganda.”
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48.
“It is a sad fact that even in so-called democracies, it seems that all wars are based on and sold with official lies and fraudulent fabrications in order to fool the people.”
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49.
To build a compact strong enough to steer a democratic country on the path of a permanent war economy takes an alliance of interests between militarists, industrialists, politicians, sycophants and propagandists.
— These are the five pillars of the military-industrial complex, as it can be found today in the United States.”
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50.
Armed with the neoconservative doctrine of so-called ‘preventive’ wars of aggression, if it is not vigilant, the United States could be in the 21st Century, what Germany was in the 20th Century, that is, a danger to the World.”
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51.
From 1988 on, there has been a quiet political coup in the United States, with far right money interests taking over the American system of government, and this not only includes the U.S. Congress; it includes also the White House and the U.S. Supreme Court. Billionaire oligarchs have taken control in the United States and they pretty much do what they want with the government, irrespective of what the people think or wish.”
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52
Wars are the heaven on earth for profiteers.”
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53.
Nowadays, one of the reasons why the U.S. government gives Israel, annually, large amounts of money and armaments is because, in the eyes of the Pentagon, Israel is a large American military base in the Middle East.”
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54.
The same simplistic populism, the same anti-intellectualism, the same aggressive isolationism, the same xenophobia, the same militarism, and the same scorn of international laws and institutions can be found in some segments of American politics today. Therefore, the United States could be in greater danger than many think.”
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55.
In being the first country to use nuclear weapons against civilian populations, in bombing the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in August 1945, the United States has created a precedent, which—besides being a giant moral retreat—is a major step of humanity towards self-destruction.”
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56.
We can really question whether war still has its place in a civilized world, considering the atrocious suffering it imposes on civilian populations and the increasingly destructive nature of modern armaments. Indeed, the more we reflect upon it, the more we come to the conclusion that war is unworthy of a civilized world and should be made unlawful. In the twentieth century, wars were unacceptable; in the 21st century, they have become a scandal for humanity.”
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57.
There exists currently in the United States an unhealthy obsession with high caliber guns—a form of idolatry of the gun as a useful tool to settle differences between individuals.”
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58.
The unrestricted use of big money in politics can turn a vibrant democracy into a decadent plutocracy, just as surely as poisoning a well can destroy a village.”
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59.
Each time a government circulates photos of dead babies to justify an act of military aggression against a foreign country, one has to ask if this is not part of a campaign of artful disinformation to manipulate public opinion, and if it is a case of a ‘false flag’ operation.
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60.
“For a people to be free, it must first prove that it deserves to be so.”
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61.
An organized and coherent minority is usually stronger politically than a disorganized and divided majority.”
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62.
“Mankind invented the imaginary world of ‘gods’ to console people of their absence of control over life and death.”
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63.
“Gods live in the heads of people, and nowhere else—gods exist because people believe in them.
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64.
The claim or pretension of a ‘supernatural’ world inhabited by supernatural entities such as gods, demons, ghosts... etc., is a harmless illusion at best, or its worst, a scam and a cruel hoax perpetrated on the most susceptible and gullible humans.
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65.
“The choice of a god is actually the choice of a philosophy and of a vision of the world.”
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66.
Some doctors exist primarily to take advantage of people’s illness, just as some religious sorcerers are here to take advantage of people’s distress in the face of death.
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67.
“When all has been said and done, before the beginning we are nothing—and in the end we are nothing. It is what we do in between that counts.”
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68.
“On the political chessboard, those in the middle may have influence, but they rarely have power.”
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69.
“Cemeteries are full of people with large pension funds.”
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70.
In our media-run world, people often get the politicians that pundits and the media deserve.”
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71.
It is only when the media are free and honest, and independent from the government, that people can hope to be truly informed and free from government manipulation.”
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72.
A government bent on controlling the people can never gather enough information on its citizens, and it can be expected to use all the available techniques to obtain it.
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73.
Hell on Earth is when one has too few things... or too many.”
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74.
It would be nothing less than scandalous for the United States of America, which was founded on humanistic and democratic principles, to attempt to replace the old empires of the past and to deny the fundamental democratic right of other peoples and other nations to self-determination.”
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75.
“In the long run, it is much better for a political party to be in the minority, while keeping a clear sense of what it wants to accomplish, than to be in the majority while being paralyzed by irreconcilable dissentions and condemned to do nothing.”
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76.
“The Earth can endure without humans, but humans cannot survive without planet Earth.”
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77.
For the environment to be saved for future generations, we must make a virtue of self-restraint.”
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78.
Like all ‘Ponzi schemes’, the pyramiding of debts with no liquid assets behind them is bound to implode sooner or later.”
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79.
“In economics, as in morality, it is never too late to do the right thing.”
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80.
When you don’t think straight, you don’t act straight.”
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81.
“Wars of aggression are the most barbarous of all human endeavors and are, more often than not, the instruments of insane tyrants who hear voices.”
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82.
Wars of aggression are for warlike, gambling leaders, a way to bet their citizens’ houses to fulfill their own megalomaniac dreams of grandeur.”
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83.
“Wars are cruel gimmicks designed to enrich the few and impoverish the many.”
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84.
Humanity should be a community of brothers and sisters, and for them to wage wars against each other is the summum of immorality and stupidity.”
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85.
“The world should be worried about those who go around the Planet with a can of gasoline in one hand and a box of matches in the other, pretending to sell fire insurance.”
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86.
“The American military invasion of Iraq, in 2003, to gain control over that country’s vast oil reserves could go down in history as the biggest planned heist of the 21st Century.
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87.
“Death is part of life. It is an unavoidable surrender to the overwhelming forces of nature.”
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88.
“Historically speaking, organized religions have often produced more demagogues and charlatans than politics.”
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89.
“For everyone of us, there is but one way to be born, but there are a thousand ways to die.”
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90.
“Crooked politicians, when facing a quagmire of their own making, and feeling powerless and under attack, will spend unlimited amounts of public money and sacrifice unlimited numbers of other people’s lives, in order to save face.”
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91.
“Social justice and a fair economic system are prerequisites of a well functioning democracy.”
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92.
One of the greatest benefits of a well functioning democracy is its capacity to bring about continuous change: change of government, change of policies, change in the distribution of income and wealth... etc., and to avoid the morass of stagnation and the status quo.”
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93.
“As the rich often steal from the poor, it is only natural and just for the state to tax the rich to give to the poor.”
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94.
With the current globalization of our problems, we need to extend our circle of empathy and view humanity as a worldwide extended human family. As long as we refrain from facing that challenge, divisiveness and unsolvable conflicts will persist.”
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95.
The Super Golden Rule of humanist morality: ‘Not only do to others as you would have them do to you, but also, ‘Do to others what you would wish to be done to you, if you were in their place.’ — The corollary also follows: ‘Don’t do to others what you would not like to be done to you, if you were in their place’.”
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96.
There is both a selfish and an altruistic motive to be moral.
The reciprocity principle, according to which one must treat others as one expects to be treated by them, establishes a fundamentally logical and enlightened selfish reason for being moral.
The empathy principle, which enables us to imagine being in someone else’s place and seeing things from his or her point of view, establishes a non-selfish reason to be moral.
Together, they form the humanist Super Golden Rule in the code for global ethics.
Rodrigue Tremblay

97.
“There are three interrelated moral imperatives that have always been sound moral values, but which will become increasingly required for humanity to go forward and survive:
– more human empathy – more interpersonal tolerance – and more interpersonal sharing, as a foundation for a more harmonious, for a freer and for a more prosperous world.
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98.
“We must aim at creating the greatest good for the greatest number of people, not the maximizing of purely selfish personal financial objectives.
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99.
If we want to survive collectively, and not repeat the disastrous experience of the dinosaurs who became extinct some 65 million years ago, after roaming the Earth for close to 200 million years, we will have to adopt a better code of ethics.
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100.
“We should adopt the simple but somewhat revolutionary idea that we are living on the same small planet and that we should attempt to survive on this planet as members of the same human race.
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