„The rifle and handgun are 'equalizers' -- the weapons of a democracy. Tanks and bombers represent dictatorship.“
— Edward Abbey American author and essayist 1927 - 1989
Abbey's Road (1979)
Kontext: The tank, the B-52, the fighter-bomber, the state-controlled police and military are the weapons of dictatorship. The rifle is the weapon of democracy. Not for nothing was the revolver called an "equalizer." Egalite implies liberte. And always will. Let us hope our weapons are never needed — but do not forget what the common people of this nation knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny.
— Edward Abbey American author and essayist 1927 - 1989
— George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950
"You and the Atom Bomb" http://orwell.ru/library/articles/ABomb/english/e_abomb, Tribune (19 October 1945)
— Noam Chomsky, kniha Deterring Democracy
Deterring Democracy (1992), p. 357 http://books.google.com/books?id=uZui06DXqmcC&pg=PA357.
Quotes 1990s, 1990-1994
— Adolf Galland German World War II general and fighter pilot 1912 - 1996
Quoted in "The First and the Last," 1954.
The First and the Last (1954)
— Isaac Mashman businessman, speaker 2000
— Carroll Quigley American historian 1910 - 1977
Oscar Iden Lecture Series, Lecture 3: "The State of Individuals" (1976)
— Enrico Fermi Italian physicist 1901 - 1954
On the Hydrogen bomb in a minority addendum http://honors.umd.edu/HONR269J/archive/GACReport491030.html (co-authored with I. I. Rabi) to an official General Advisory Committee report for the Atomic Energy Commission (30 October 1949)
Kontext: Such a weapon goes far beyond any military objective and enters the range of very great natural catastrophes. By its very nature it cannot be confined to a military objective but becomes a weapon which in practical effect is almost one of genocide. It is clear that the use of such a weapon cannot be justified on any ethical ground which gives a human being a certain individuality and dignity even if he happens to be a resident of an enemy country... The fact that no limits exist to the destructiveness of this weapon makes its very existence and the knowledge of its construction a danger to humanity as a whole. It is necessarily an evil thing considered in any light.
— Karl Kautsky Czech-Austrian philosopher, journalist, and Marxist theoretician 1854 - 1938
Chap. V, The Period of Dictatorship
"Hitlerism and Social Democracy" (1934) https://www.marxists.org/archive/kautsky/1934/hitler/index.htm
— Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946
[The America We Deserve, w:Donald Trump, Donald, Trump, Dave, Shiflett, 2000, Renaissance Books, 1580631312]; [Trump's Evolving Positions on Gun Issues, Linda, Qiu, Kitty, Bennett, March 12, 2018, The New York Times, September 6, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/12/us/politics/trump-evolving-positions-gun-issues.html]
— John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
Zdroj: 1962, Address and Question and Answer Period at the Economic Club of New York
— Dianne Feinstein American politician 1933
[Senators Introduce Assault Weapons Ban, November 8, 2017, w:Diane Feinstein, Diane, Feinstein, https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2017/11/senators-introduce-assault-weapons-ban]; [Guns and Groundhog Day, The New York Times, November 13, 2017, September 6, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/12/opinion/guns-congress-shootings.html]
On the introduction of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017
— Martin Amis, kniha Einstein's Monsters
Einstein's Monsters (1987)
— Dwight D. Eisenhower American general and politician, 34th president of the United States (in office from 1953 to 1961) 1890 - 1969
Letter to Nikita Khrushchev http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=11709 (13 April 1959, published 20 April 1959)
Kontext: The United States strongly seeks a lasting agreement for the discontinuance of nuclear weapons tests. We believe that this would be an important step toward reduction of international tensions and would open the way to further agreement on substantial measures of disarmament.
— Ernest King United States Navy admiral, Chief of Naval Operations 1878 - 1956
— Chester W. Nimitz United States Navy fleet admiral 1885 - 1966
As quoted in "According to Plan" in TIME magazine (13 March 1950) http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,812125,00.html
— Adlai Stevenson mid-20th-century Governor of Illinois and Ambassador to the UN 1900 - 1965
Voicing opposition to the McCarran Internal Security Act of 1950
Kontext: The whole notion of loyalty inquisitions is a national characteristic of the police state, not of democracy. The history of Soviet Russia is a modern example of this ancient practice. I must, in good conscience, protest against any unnecessary suppression of our rights as free men. We must not burn down the house to kill the rats.
— Jan Smuts military leader, politician and statesman from South Africa 1870 - 1950
The League of Nations - A Practical Suggestion, C: The League and World-Peace, Hodder and Stoughton, 1918
— Stansfield Turner former United States Navy admiral and former Director of Central Intelligence and President of the Naval War College 1923 - 2018
Interview (18 December 1997) http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/coldwar/interviews/episode-21/turner1.html for CNN : Cold War. Episode 21 : Spies (14 March 1999)
Kontext: America and Russia have excessive numbers of nuclear weapons today because we treated nuclear weapons, at the end of World War II, like they were just bigger conventional weapons. If you have tanks, and the other side has more than you, you may be in trouble — or airplanes or ships or whatever. With nuclear weapons, it's not the same: they're too powerful, and at some point you just can't use any more, it's just not meaningful. But what happened was, we had the lead of course, because we invented them. The Russians tried to catch up with us; we tried to stay ahead of the Russians; they tried to catch up with us, and we just had a never-ending race upward. By the mid-Sixties, we realized this, but because of the Cold War mentality, politicians couldn't stand up and say, "I'm willing to have less than the Soviet Union," and so the race continued, but we tried to mitigate it by instituting an arms control process, which at first tried to cap and then later to reduce these numbers. … there's just no way you can actually use them; they become so destructive. I estimate that a couple of hundred nuclear weapons, not just on the center of cities, but on economic positions in the country, will drive a country to the point it will never recover, it will never be the same again. It will survive, but it'll be a totally different country. You don't need thousands to do that. There are only a few hundred cities of any size in even Russia or the United States, like 200, and you just don't need thousands of weapons to demobilize a country.
— Riiko Sakkinen Finnish visual artist 1976
"Art" at riikosakkinen.com http://www.riikosakkinen.com/info/quotes/
Kontext: Art is a weapon and the weapons can change the world.
Good art is irreverent, excessive, controversial, incorrect, irritating, ironic, bad behaving, playful and beautiful or ugly.