'Its time now for all the "fortunate" ones, the cheerleaders and football jocks to strip down naked in front of the entire school at an assembly and plead with every ounce of their souls for mercy and forgiveness, and to admit they are wrong. They are representatives of gluttony and selfish values, and to say that they are sorry for condoning these things, no that will not be enough...'
heathers | winona ryder | nirvana | kurt cobain
guy debord | michele bernstein | potlatch | boredom
'I see my sister and her husband. They're living the lives of my parents in a certain kind of way. They got kids, they're working hard. You can see something in their eyes... I asked my sister, 'what do you do for fun?' 'I don't have any fun,' she says. She wasn't kidding.'
'The writers of classical antiquity were on the whole as little concerned with the future as the past. Thucydides believed that nothing significant had happened in time before the events which he described, and that nothing significant was likely to happen thereafter. History was not going anywhere: because there was no sense of the past, there was equally no sense of the future... It was the Jews, and after them, the Christians, who introduced an entirely new element by postulating a goal toward which the historical process is moving - the teleological view of history. History thus acquired a meaning and a purpose, but at the expense of losing its secular character.'
e.h. carr | history as progress | bill and ted's excellent adventure
'The class struggle is a fight for the crude and material things without which no refined and spiritual things could exist. Nevertheless, it is not in the form of the spoils which fall to the victor that the latter make their presence felt in the class struggle. They manifest themselves in this struggle as courage, humour, cunning and fortitude. They have retroactive force and will constantly call in question every victory, past and present, of the rulers. As flowers turn toward the sun, by dint of a secret heliotropism the past strives to turn toward that sun which is rising in the sky of history.'
the streets | mike skinner | walter benjamin | class struggle
"The range of choice open to an individual is not the deciding factor in determining the degree of human freedom, but what can be chosen and what is chosen by the individual... Free election of masters does not abolish the masters or the slaves. Free choice among a wide range of goods and services does not signify freedom if these goods and services sustain social controls over a life of toil and fear."
herbert marcuse | trainspotting