"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"
(Leonard Cohen)
"Ignore all proffered rules and create your own, suitable for what you want to say"
(Michael Moorcock)
"Look for your own. Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else. And, out of yourself create, impatiently or patiently, the most irreplaceable of beings."
(Andre Gide)
"I want my place, my own place, my true place in the world, my proper sphere, my thing which Nature intended me to perform when she fashioned me thus awry, and which I have vainly sought all my life-time."
(Nathaniel Hawthorne)
“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”
(Franz Kafka)
"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated"
(John Donne)
“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
(Robert J. Hanlon)
"Life is beautiful, but the world is hell"
(Harold Pinter)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

For Services Rendered

Liu Xiabo: pro-capitalist
EXTRACT: "So, what do communists think of Liu Xiaobo and Charter 08? The answer is quite simple on one level. As revolutionary democrats, who believe that the struggle for democracy and socialism are inseparable, we have nothing but sympathy for his platform of democratic demands and individual plight: you cannot help but admire his personal bravery. After all, he has spent a total of nine years in hellish Chinese jails or labour camps. In the shape of Liu Xiaobo we have the politics of sincere conviction and deep commitment. To belittle or denigrate such a person or activity would be cynicism, pure and simple.
But having said that, we are obliged to tell the truth. Liu Xiaobo and his comrades, for all their courage, have no real democratic answers for China - no idea of what is to be done to free the Chinese masses from oppression and exploitation. Rather, when it comes down to it, Xiaobo and the other Charter 08 signatories and activists essentially look to western ‘bourgeois democracy’, especially the United States, for their model or inspiration."

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