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the economy I want workers and consumers to have
control over their own economic lives. I want everyone
to have fair conditions that fully utilize their
talents and potentials. I want incomes that accord
with the efforts people expend in their labors.
I want what is produced, by whom, under what conditions,
and with who consuming the result--all determined
in accord with enhancing human well-being and development
and all decided by the people involved and affected.
I want an end to hierarchies of power and wealth
and to class division with most actors subordinated
to an elite few. To accomplish all these ends I
favor the institutions of participatory economics
-- worker and consumer councils, remuneration for
effort and sacrifice, balanced job complexes, and
participatory planning. If someone should demonstrate
that those institutions somehow fail to accomplish
necessary economic functions or have social or personal
by-products that outweigh their benefits -- I would
simply return to the drawing board. Exploitation,
alienation, poverty, disempowerment, fragmenting
and debilitating labor, production for the profit
of a few -- much less harsh homelessness, starvation,
and degradation -- are not like gravity. They arise
from institutional relations established by human
beings. New institutions, also established by human
beings, can generate other vastly superior outcomes.
Defining and working to attain those new institutions
ought to be our economic agenda.
-- Michael Albert
can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry
with the right person, and to the right degree,
and at the right time, and for the right purpose,
and in the right way, that is not within everybody's
power, that is not easy.
men and women may often feel unmotivated to
exert their citizenship, either because they
cannot tell the difference between the different
alternatives, or because they have lost faith
in the political classes, or because they feel
that the really important issues are not in
their power to decide.
-- Patricio Aylwin
century that began with children having virtually
no rights is ending with children having the
most powerful legal instrument that not only
recognizes but protects their human rights."
power of a movement lies in the fact that it can
indeed change the habits of people. This change
is not the result of force but of dedication,
of moral persuasion. "
-- Stephen Biko
is the ultimate, positive revolution because it
gives each and every individual the power to control
their lives. And we can work together to create
a just, sustainable world.
-- Bill Blackman
are we so zealous, then, about the private sector?
We persist in designating a large part of the
economy as private so that we can disavow public
responsibility for its evils and claim individual
merit for its blessings. As a civic body, we are
reluctant to countenance and cure the deprivations
of the poor, the damage to the environment, and
the trivialization of culture that are the depressing
concomitants of our advanced industrial economy.
At the same time applauding the rich and powerful
who claim their privileges as the fruits of their
rugged and individual efforts, we sanction our
positions and our aspirations
-- Albert Borgmann
is no level playing field. Any time our society
says that a powerful chemical company has the
same right as a low income family that's living
next door, that playing field is not level, is
-- Robert Bullard
"School feeding is a great tool to encourage education
and provide food aid to children born into extremely
impoverished situations. The kids in school being
fed by WFP are empowered by their school meal to
learn and better their lives!"
-- Lauren Bush
am no longer cursed by poverty because I took
possession of my own mind, and that mind has yielded
me every material thing I want, and much more
than I need. But this power of mind is a universal
one, available to the humblest person as it is
to the greatest."
~ Andrew Carnegie
all that has divided us will merge
And then compassion will be wedded to power
And then softness will come to a world that is harsh
And then both men and women will be gentle
And then both women and men will be strong
And then no person will be subject to another's will
And then all will be rich and free and varied
And then the greed of some will give way to the needs
And then all will share equally in the earth's abundance
And then all will care for the sick and the weak and
And then all will nourish the young
And then all will cherish life's creatures
And then all will live in harmony with each other and
with the earth
And everywhere will be called Eden, once again.
-- Judy Chicago
is called 'capitalism'is basically a system
of corporate mercantilism, with huge and largely
unaccountable private tyrannies exercising vast
control over the economy, political systems,
and social and cultural life, operating in close
cooperation with powerful states that intervene
massively in the domestic economy and international
society. -- Noam
real world of American society is one which
it is very misleading to call simply a democracy.
Of course, it is in a sense a democracy, but
it is one in which there are enormous inequities
in the distribution of power and force. For
example, the entire commercial and industrial
system is in principle excluded from the democratic
process, including everything that goes on within
it -- Noam Chomsky
about the power of advertising in research surveys,
most agree that it works, but not on them."
-- Eric Clark
most of recorded history, parental violence
against children and men's violence against
wives was explicitly or implicitly condoned.
Those who had the power to prevent and/or punish
this violence through religion, law, or custom,
openly or tacitly approved it. …..The reason
violence against women and children is finally
out in the open is that activists have brought
it to global attention."
-- Riane Eisler
is an attempt to awaken the masses, to a sense
of their dignity and power. This can only be done
by enabling them to realize that they need not
fear brute force, if they would but know the soul
-- Mohandas K.
all nuclear powers, including those which have
been more reluctant up to now, of the necessity
to respect the "vital interests" of all peoples
and to become fully aware of the profound truth
of the following conclusion which the United Nations
approved by unanimity four years ago: "Mankind
is confronted with a choice: we must halt the
arms race and proceed to disarmament or face annihilation".
~ Alfonso García
just have this absolute belief that humans are
moving away from cruelty and destruction towards
a time when we can truly live in harmony with
nature. When we understand that there is a spiritual
power around us from which we can draw strength.
That is where I believe human destiny ultimately
is taking us. I just hope we have time."
~ Jane Goodall
is the only profession explicitly protected by
the U.S. Constitution, because journalists are
supposed to be the check and balance on government.
We're supposed to be holding those in power accountable.
We're not supposed to be their megaphone. That's
what the corporate media have become.
-- Amy Goodman
balance of interests rather than a balance of
power, a search for compromise and concord rather
than a search for advantages at other people's
expense, and respect for equality rather than
claims to leadership - such are the elements which
can provide the groundwork for world progress…
~ Mikhail Gorbachev
long as private corporations remain the dominant
production institution of society, no matter who
is in power, the long-run trend in society will
be to promote the corporate interest.
I would like to appeal to all those in whose hands
the future of mankind lies, to use their power
not to destroy or kill, nor to create suffering
in a grasping search for selfish objectives, but
to help alleviate the plight of the needy; to
aim at justice and freedom for the individual.
-- Poul Hartling
often say that 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder,'
and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty
is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers
us to find beauty in places where others have not
dared to look, including inside ourselves.
-- Salma Hayek
wait for anyone to deputize you or authorize you
or empower you. You have to just start out with
yourself...and put one foot in front of the other.
fullest development of the highest powers of men
can be achieved only in a world of peace.
-- Robert Maynard
was very fortunate to have learned the transforming
power of music early in life. As an adult I
want to share that power by inspiring people
to care about their neighbors near and far.
Being a UNICEF Ambassador allows me this kind
know of no safe repository of the ultimate power
of society but people. And if we think them not
enlightened enough, the remedy is not to take
the power from them, but to inform them by education.
-- Thomas Jefferson
goal is to empower as many people as possible
to take simple, effective actions in their daily
lives that will make the world a more just and
-- Ellis Jones
"I believe deeply that children are more powerful
than oil, more beautiful than rivers, more precious
than any other natural resource a country can have.
I feel that the most rewarding thing I have ever
done in my life is to be associated with UNICEF."
-- Danny Kaye
The message of our campaign is "Make every mother
and child count". This campaign is not just about
health. It is also a powerful call for radical
progress in women's rights and the rights of their
children. Too often, the health of mothers and
children does not count. In too many parts of
the world, they are forgotten.
-- Liya Kebede
you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless.
if we wish to accomplish in the next 15 years
what we failed to accomplish in the last 15,
we would do well to focus on democratizing structures
of power. That means imagining, and then creating,
But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope
that comes from knowing you are working to make things
-- Pauline R. Kezer
must recognize that we can't solve our problems
now until there is a radical redistribution of
economic and political power... a radical restructuring
of the architecture of American society.
write books to change the world. Perhaps I can
only change one little piece of that world. But
if I can empower teachers and good citizens to
give these children, who are the poorest of the
poor, the same opportunity we give our own kids,
then I'll feel my life has been worth it.”
-- Jonathan Kozol
Let us today seek to find that place within each
of us where dreams are made, where our highest aspirations
take shape. Let us confirm the power of our humanity
by giving architecture and substance to the dreams
we have for our nation, so that the promised land
of social and economic justice that is within our
dreams will soon be within our sight.
-- Dennis Kucinich
"No society has fulfilled its democratic promise
if people go hungry... If some go without food
they have surely been deprived of all power. The
existence of hunger belies the existence of democracy."
Frances Moore Lappé
focus on money and power may do wonders in the
marketplace, but it creates a tremendous crisis
in our society. People who have spent all day
learning how to sell themselves and to manipulate
others are in no position to form lasting friendships
or intimate relationships... Many Americans hunger
for a different kind of society -- one based on
principles of caring, ethical and spiritual sensitivity,
and communal solidarity. Their need for meaning
is just as intense as their need for economic
-- Michael Lerner
I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration
that if at the end, when I come to lay down the
reins of power, I have lost every other friend
on earth, I shall at least have one friend left,
and that friend shall be down inside me.
-- Abraham Lincoln
all men can stand adversity, but if you want to
test a man's character, give him power. -- Abraham
one of us can make a contribution. And quite often
we are looking for the big things and forget that,
wherever we are, we can make a contribution...
just imagine what's happening if there are billions
of people out there doing something. Just imagine
the power of what we can do."
~ Wangari Maathai
is the most powerful weapon which you can use
to change the world.
-- Nelson Mandela
need artists to help us come together and share
our voices and build community around powerful issues
concerning our roles in the world and our planet’s
survival. Compassion must be translated into action.”
-- Natasha Mayers
students I've been with these twenty years are
looking for a world where it becomes a little
easier to love and a lot harder to hate, where
learning nonviolence means that we dedicate
our hearts, minds, time, and money to a commitment
that the force of love, the force of truth,
the force of justice, and the force of organized
resistance to corrupt power are seen as sane
and the force of fists, guns, armies, and bombs
-- Colman McCarthy
"We are way more powerful when we turn to each
other and not on each other, when we celebrate
our diversity, focus on our commonality, and together
tear down the mighty walls of injustice."
-- Cynthia McKinney
think that the celebrity is a really important
thing, because we have the voice that's recognizable,
that can educate people to make a difference and
empower them to make a difference, and to also
get things in motion with the people in charge
that can effect change."
-- Alyssa Milano
every letter you write, every conversation you
have, every meeting you attend, to express your
fundamental beliefs and dreams. Affirm to others
the vision of the world you want. You are a free,
immensely powerful source of life and goodness.
Affirm it. Spread it. Radiate it. Think day and
night about it and you will see a miracle happen:
the greatness of your own life.”
leader has the vision and conviction that a dream
can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy
to get it done.”
can stand in the way of the power of millions
of voices calling for change.
-- Barack Obama
it not the interest of the human race, that every
one should be so taught and placed, that he would
find his highest enjoyment to arise from the continued
practice of doing all in his power to promote
the well-being, and happiness, of every man, woman,
and child, without regard to their class, sect,
party, country or colour"
-- Robert Owen
in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without
a humble but reasonable confidence in your own
powers you cannot be successful or happy. Formulate
and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture
of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously.
Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to
develop the picture. Do not build obstacles in
your imagination. Do not be awestruck by other
people and try to copy them. Nobody can be you
as efficiently as you can."
-- Norman Vincent Peale
Small loans can transform lives, especially the
lives of women and children. The poor can become
empowered instead of disenfranchised. Homes can
be built, jobs can be created, businesses can
be launched, and individuals can feel a sense
of worth again.
-- Natalie Portman
all of the forces that make for a better world, none
is so indispensable, none so powerful as hope"
-- Charles Sawyer
"The primary threat to nature and people today
comes from centralising and monopolising power
and control. Not until diversity is made the logic
of production will there be a chance for sustainability,
justice and peace. Cultivating and conserving
diversity is no luxury in our times: it is a survival
~ Vandana Shiva
is not nature's way; diversity is nature's way.
~ Vandana Shiva
our hectic, fast-paced, consumer-driven society,
it's common to feel overwhelmed, isolated and
alone. Many are re-discovering the healing and
empowering role that community can bring to our
lives. The sense of belonging we feel when we
make the time to take an active role in our communities
can give us a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
sugarcoated and ambiguous, every form of authoritarianism
must start with a belief in some group's greater
right to power, whether that right is justified
by sex, race, class, religion, or all four. However
far it may expand, the progression inevitably rests
on unequal power and airtight roles within the family.
-- Gloria Steinem
awakens in the soul a sympathetic power through
which we attract qualities in the beings around
us, which would otherwise remain concealed.”
-- Rudolf Steiner
I want to remind people that in the Indigenous
Traditions, women are very important. Not because
we are told we are important but because we know
that since forever and always, we have had the
power and the capacity to give birth, raise women
and men and to take care of the earth. It is today
that I thusly give celebration to all the women
on Earth. I would like to ask my sisters to give
up the thoughts and actions of the word victim.
We are no longer Victims & We are strong! I would
like to address an acknowledgement to each woman
here today. We have the power and that power is
rising. Use it to preserve, teach, share, and
raise our voices, to save our children, our planet,
our people, and our earth mother. Don't share
the things that have hurt us but share what can
save us. Turn our scars into Stars! Come together
and reclaim what is inherently ours, the power
to bring forth nurturing Peace! May Peace Prevail!"
-- Mary Thunder
seen miracles in post-war situations, in famines,
in places of horrendous brutal subjugation and
oppression, when women step forward and play their
rightful role in co-equal partnership with men.
It's not the answer all by itself, but it is a
powerful and incredibly effective step to give
women their rightful role and voice and the resources
to back it up."
-- Lynne Twist
sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being's
heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like
appetite of what's next, and the joy of the game
of living. In the center of your heart and my heart
there is a wireless station; so long as it receives
messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power
from men and from the infinite, so long are you
-- Samuel Ullman
still have great faith in democracy. I have great
belief in the power of community.
Department of Peace would take a more human approach
to healing our society, looking not merely for
ways we can destroy an enemy, but for more powerful
ways to create new friends. While the State Department
engages in international diplomacy, there is no
domestic parallel. There is no department seeking
to harness the power of a nonviolent heart.