"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)

Friday, April 27, 2012

How Not To Fight Tory Smears

EXTRACTLivingstone, like everyone else, is playing the system - perfectly legally. Frankly, why shouldn’t he? Moralistic handwringing in its leftist or rightist forms about the relative success Livingstone, or his accountant, have had in gaining pecuniary benefit from the diabolically complex tax system are quite ludicrous. And for Tories to come out with such accusations is a repellent exercise in utter hypocrisy. The communist position is clear. If the state sets rules which allow tax exemption/reduction in certain situations, then you cannot blame individuals for taking advantage of those rules - people are not saints nor should we expect them to be. We flatly reject the notion that there is a universal, classless, morality which dictates that each individual must in all circumstances hand over a portion of their money to the bourgeois state to use as it sees fit - ie, build up the means to oppress us. The bourgeois state is an enemy which we want to smash, not hand over money to like supplicants.

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