Of Human Potential

  “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” -William Shakespeare      

Of Educational Television

  “I must say that I find television very educational.  Whenever somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book.” —Groucho Marx  

Of Atheism

  “It has indeed been said that the highest praise of God consists in the denial of him by the atheist, who finds creation so perfect that it can dispense with a creator.” -Marcel Proust  

Of Philosophy

  “If God had meant us to do philosophy he would have created us.” -Marek Kohn  

Of the Sirens

  “Now the sirens have a still more fatal weapon than their song, namely their silence.  Someone might possibly have escaped from their singing; but from their silence never.” –Franz Kafka  

Of Marxian Communism

  “For Karl Marx, communism means an end to scarcity, along with an end to most oppressive labour.  But the freedom and leisure which this would grant men and women can then provide the context for their fuller spiritual flourishing.” - Terry...

Of Education

“Education can change attitudes and breed new forms of behavior.” - Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of the Possibility of Making a Better Future

  “If wars, famines and genocide really did spring simply from some unchanging human depravity, then there is not the slightest reason to believe that the future will fare any better.  If, however, these things have been partly the effect of unjust...

Of Socialism and Equality

  “The complaint that ‘socialism would make us all the same’ is baseless.  Karl Marx had no such intention.  He was a sworn enemy of uniformity.  In fact, he regarded equality as a bourgeois value.  He saw it as a reflection in the political sphere...

Of Thought-Experiments

  “Thought-experiments appeal to common experience.” - John David Barrow, The Book of Nothing: Vacuums, Voids, and the Latest Ideas about the Origins of the Universe, 2000  

Of Miracles

  “Miracles are explainable; it is the explanations that are miraculous.”   -Tim Robinson  

Of Zero

  “The ancient Greeks, who developed the logic and geometry that form the basis for all of modern mathematics, never introduced the zero symbol.  They were deeply suspicious of the whole idea.” - John David Barrow, The Book of Nothing: Vacuums,...

Of Conservative Utopians

  “Some conservatives are utopianists, but their utopia lies in the past rather than the future.” - Terence Francis Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of Materialism and Hopefulness

  “Materialism is too down-to-earth to be gulled by hand-on-heart rhetoric, but too hopeful that things could improve to be cynical.” - Terence Francis Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of "Prehistory"

  “If all that has happened so far is ‘prehistory,’ then it is rather more predictable than what Karl Marx would regard as history proper.  If we slice through past history at any point and inspect a cross-section of it, we know before we have even...

Of the Nazis

  “The Nazis ruled in the interests of high capitalism, but did so through an ideology which was distinctively lower-middle class in outlook.  They could thus fulminate against upper-class parasites and the idle rich in ways which could be mistaken...

Of Bonaparte

  “Karl Marx argued that Louis Bonaparte ruled France in the interests of finance capitalism while presenting himself as a representative of the smallholding peasantry.” - Terence Francis Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of the State

  “For Karl Marx, there is still a state under socialism; only beyond socialism, under communism, will the coercive state give way to an administrative body.” - Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011

Of the Proletariat

  “The original proletariat was not the blue-collar male working class.  It was lower-class women in ancient society.  The word ‘proletariat’ comes to us from the Latin word for ‘offspring,’ meaning those who were too poor to serve the state with...

Of Material and Mental Production

  “Karl Marx thought that those who controlled material production tended to control mental production as well.” - Terence Francis Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of Structure and Superstructure

  “By the ‘economic structure’ or ‘base,’ Karl Marx means the forces and relations of production; by the superstructure, he means institutions like the state, law, politics, religion and culture.” - Terence Francis “Terry” Eagleton, Why Marx Was...

Of Socialism

  “Socialist claims concerning the transformation of human nature and the prospect of attaining socialist ideals are realistic.” --Tom Campbell, The Left and Rights: A Conceptual Analysis of the Idea of Socialist Rights, 1983  

Of Co-Operative Rules

  “In the case of co-operative rules it is often detrimental to the united purposes of those involved in a joint activity that a participant should, perhaps through a desire to do more than his share and thus go beyond merely doing his duty, use...

Of the Capitalist and Capital

  “In the capitalist society, labor sacrifices the worker to the material wealth of the nonworker.  But the real god is the capitalist system, for the nonworker is also its victim.  Private property is as much an alienation of his life as it is of...