Society has an inherent right to constantly question justice and to compel adherence to founding institutions; when justice conflicts with traditional institutional values, the populace must rebel.
Invariably, knowledge dictates life, liberty, and death, but those who have historically occupied the seats of power not only dictate what is defined as knowledge but also dictate what’s included, what’s excluded, and how it is filtered to society vis-à-vis America’s major institutions . . . particularly the educational system; ultimately, shaping the very essence of life.
Because the only thing that can ever truly destroy a dream is to have it come true.
Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.
I just wish this social institution [religion] wasn't based on what appears to me to be a monumental hoax built on an accumulation of customs and myths directed toward proving something that isn't true.
The church may update its techniques and methods, but it is always in service of the institutional organism. This is one of the reasons why the pedophile priest issue is and will remain an endemic disease in the Catholic Church.
Institutionalized education is the door and money is the key.
Illiteracy is not only if you didn’t go to school. Illiteracy is when the lecturer teach you and you didn’t understand his formula of teaching. That’s also an illiterate
An ever growing part of our major institutions’ functions is the cultivation and maintenance of three sets of illusions which turn the citizen into a client to be saved by experts...The first enslaving illusion is the idea that people are born to be consumers and that they can attain any of their goals by purchasing goods and services. This illusion is due to an educated blindness to the worth of use-values in the total economy. In none of the economic models serving as national guidelines is there a variable to account for non-marketable use-values any more than there is a variable for nature's perennial contribution.
If people institute wrong institutions, wrong institutions do not just produce wrong people, but wrong people who understand and accept mediocrity as an institution
All political revolutions, not affected by foreign conquest, originate in moral revolutions. The subversion of established institutions is merely one consequence of the previous subversion of established opinions.
States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions.
The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike.
I'm a big believer in institutions.
In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of state shape its institutions; later the institutions shape the chiefs of state.
Institutions are what allow us to have continuity in civilizations.
People in great institutions are occasionally credulous.
Revolution comes when human beings set out to correct decadent institutions.
We see an extensive program of dismantling state institutions... These are ingredients for catastrophe.
I'm a deeply broken person, and broken institutions fascinate me.