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LCII

“Once I know that I can remember
whenever I like, I forget.”

—Umberto Eco

bass clef symbol on music staff

LCII

“Once I know that I can remember whenever I like, I forget.”

—Umberto Eco

Don’t Look Up feels a much better fit for the reality we’re actually living through. There’s no villainous authoritarian ending democracy; as in our world, American democracy in the film has already been smothered under the weight of oligarch money and corporate profit-chasing. There’s no secret evil conspiracy, at least in the salacious form these Trump-era stories imagined; the villains are a self-obsessed, blinkered elite, and it’s their greed, venality and stupidity that lead them to evil decisions.

Brankko Marcetic, “Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up Captures the Stupidity of Our Political Era

What touches all should be decided by all.

Michael Walzer

Our rage against the machine actually strengthens the machine’s grip on us when it’s packaged in the form of Rage Against the Machine™, a capitalistic product in a universe where that’s the only thing that matters, a pacifying media spectacle among spectacles.

Ryan Zockgraf, “Even Neo Can’t Log Off

Essentially, it's just one big, slow-moving cattle drive for the entire day for the entire summer, day in day out. And what we're trying to accomplish is regenerating the land, getting our animals full and protecting them from predators.

Ashley Ahearn, “How a Ranch Family Learned to Live with Wolves

I have a very particular set of administrative skills.

Mission to Zyxx

It’s 106 miles to Chicago. We got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses.

Blues Brothers

Polar bears take over an abandoned Arctic weather station.

Horse kicks tree, farts on dogs, then runs away.

Violent attempted revolutions fail twice as often as non-violent ones. Resorting to violence means you are playing on the enemy’s turf, and he will probably eat you alive. Whereas no matter how many people the army kills, it cannot eliminate a determined non-violent opposition. It takes great patience and huge courage to follow that strategy, but that is actually how non-violent movements win.

Gwynne Dyer, “Burma Resistance: Wrong Way

The Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, “Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

Langston Hughes, “Let America Be America Again

O, let America be America again—
The land that never has been yet—
And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME—
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose—
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,
We must take back our land again,
America!

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath—
America will be!