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"Life is a racket. Writing is a racket. Sincerity is a racket. Everything's a racket." - Nick Tosches

"Religion is a Snare and a Racket," - Charles Taze Russell

"I'll let the racket do the talking." - John Mcenroe

"Wherever there's a system, there's a racket to beat it." - Jerome Ravetz

"Congress is a Mafia running a protection racket.. ." - John P. Wheeler III

"Once in the racket you're always in it." - Al Capone

"It's a racket. Those stock market guys are crooked." - Al Capone

"I like to let my racket do the talking." - Rod Laver

"Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class." - Al Capone

"A tennis racket makes a great fake guitar!" - Isaac

"Lyrics are my racket; music is play - the fluff stuff." - Cass Mccombs

"Thou shalt not horn in on thy husbands racket" - Homer

"When I was a freelancer, I thought this journalism thing was a racket, and now that I'm where I am now, I know it's a racket." - Tabitha Soren

"Printing currency for foreigners to buy is the best racket a government can get into." - Lee Child

"Our media and political system has turned into a mutual protection racket." - Bill Moyers

"Intelligence is silence, truth is being invisible. But what a racket I make in declaring this." - Ned Rorem

"Scriptwriting is the toughest part of the whole racket... the least understood and the least noticed" - Frank Capra

"Where there is so much racket, there must be something out of kilter" - Sojourner Truth

"She [Monica Seles] has so much control of the racket with those double-handed wrists." - Virginia Wade

"I killed a squirrel once with a car. Twice with a tennis racket." - Anthony Jeselnik

"Oh! Would I were her racket pressed With hard excitement to her breast." - John Betjeman

"I could put a tennis racket up against my face and pretend that I'm Kendo Nagasaki" - Nigel Blackwell

"Scriptwriting is the toughest part of the whole racket... the least understood and the least noticed." - Frank Capra

"The old saying that war is a racket has taken on an even more shameful meaning." - David Hackworth

"Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket." - Eric Hoffer

"I had not picked up a tennis racket in 15 years, so I tried." - Matthew Ashford

"All the arts in America are a gigantic racket run by unscrupulous men for unhealthy women." - Thomas Beecham

"I'm in the wrong racket if I didn't want a public life." - Joe Mantegna

"To me, anyone with an Australian accent wielding a tennis racket is cool." - Adrian Smith

"I used to play a lot of racket sports, tennis and squash." - Jason Statham

"I'm not an activist. I'm trying to get off the whole atheist racket." - Julia Sweeney

"The day I'm not improving will be the day I hang up the racket." - Venus Williams

"War is just a racket... I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else." - Smedley Butler

"I'm one injury away from hanging up the racket at any time." - Lleyton Hewitt

"I had one good racket, a Wilson Javelin. It was my favorite racket, and I made the mistake of putting it next to the heater. It just got so hot that it melted." - Stefan Edberg

"I have a much greater ambition to be the best racket player than the best prose writer." - William Hazlitt

"I don't mind being called tough, since I find in this racket it's the tough guys who lead the survivors." - Curtis Lemay

"I went on the courts with just a ball and a racket and a hope...and that's all I had." - Serena Williams

"Be as subjective as you want. It's a great little racket. I'm glad we found it actually." - Matt Labash

"I carried through well with my tennis. I got the respect by usage of the tennis racket." - Gabriela Sabatini

"Basically I started playing double handed on both my forehand and backhand side because my first racket was very heavy." - Bjorn Borg

"What starts out here as a mass movement ends up as a racket, a cult, or a corporation." - Eric Hoffer

"War is a lie. War is a racket. War is hell. War is waste. War is a crime. War is terrorism. War is not the answer." - Coleen Rowley

"Swinging at daisies is like playing electric guitar with a tennis racket: if it were that easy, we could all be Jerry Garcia. The ball changes everything." - Michael Bamberger

"War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious." - Smedley Butler

"The words of the social critic Eric Hoffer were ringing true: "Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and turns into a racket."" - Christopher Mcdougall

"War like any other racket, pays high dividends to the very few. The cost of operations is always transferred to the people who do not profit." - Smedley Butler

"I don't think I'm one of those guys who won't pick up a racket for three years...I love hitting tennis balls." - Andy Roddick

"I like to keep my surroundings low-key. I don't need much around me. I'm easy don't need a lot of racket." - Randy Moss

"If you live in America, you don't have to work. You can just drift along in the smiling and nodding racket." - Quentin Crisp

"A multi-colored crowd streaked about, and suddenly all was totally changed. It wasn't the usual city racket. It came from a strange land." - Anna Akhmatova

"It's as if you're playing left-handed. Or like everyone else is playing with a tennis racket and you have a salmon.(On performing with an American accent)" - Hugh Laurie

"Power leads to more power, no matter what your racket, and not only were they rich and influential but they were smart as hell, too." - Jimmy Hoffa

"First something is a great idea, then it becomes a cause, then it becomes a business and finally it becomes a racket." - Eric Hoffer

"I let my racket do the talking. That's what I am all about, really. I just go out and win tennis matches." - Pete Sampras

"I was just another long-haired teenage kid with visions of grandeur, strumming a tennis racket or a broom in front of his bedroom mirror." - Jon Bon Jovi

"I grew up in the 1950s at the beginning of rock n' roll, and would strum a tennis racket in front of the mirror." - Jonathan Pryce

"Journalism is a kind of profession, or craft, or racket, for people who never wanted to grow up and go out into the real world." - Harry Reasoner

"Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero." - F Scott Fitzgerald

"I grip very close to the butt of the racket. This allows me to get a lot of wrist action to create more spin and whip." - Sloane Stephens

"I watch the ball fiercely to see its height and speed off my opponent's racket so I can decide how I want to hit it." - Sloane Stephens

"History is full of really good stories. That's the main reason I got into this racket: I want to make the argument that history is interesting." - Sarah Vowell

"I am creating an atmosphere! Oh, Unc, we"ve finally got bodies in this joint! Paying bodies. We could have a good racket going here." "I'm not interested in a "racket." I'm an academic." "That's okay, Unc. I wo' hold it against you." - Libba Bray

"I had a swell racket. I was rewarded with honors, medals, promotions. l might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate a racket in three city districts. The Marines operated on three continents." - Michael Parenti

"I am creating an atmosphere! Oh, Unc, we've finally got bodies in this joint! Paying bodies. We could have a good racket going here." "I'm not interested in a 'racket.' I'm an academic." "That's okay, Unc. I won't hold it against you." - Libba Bray

"I'm not really interested in participating in mainstream culture. Participating in the mainstream music business is, to me, like getting involved in a racket. There's no way you can get involved in a racket and not someway be filthied by it." - Steve Albini

"War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses." - Smedley Butler

"When I want to go to sleep, I must first get a whole menagerie of voices to shut up. You wouldn't believe what a racket they make in my room." - Karl Kraus

"I'm furious about the Women's Liberationists. They keep getting up on soap-boxes and proclaiming that women are brighter than men. That's true, but it should be kept very quiet or it ruins the whole racket." - Anita Loos

"When I started out jumping around with a tennis racket, I never thought I would end up on a list of the best guitar players in the world. It makes me feel proud of the hard work I've put in." - Gary Hoey

"Make as much racket as you like people. Noise is life and an excess of noise is a sign that life is good. There will be time for us all to be quiet when we are safely dead." - Salman Rushdie

"It's frustrating when you want to play but can't. I didn't touch a racket for three weeks and when I started playing again last week, I still felt some pain in my wrist." - Marat Safin

"I broke all my rackets. I didn't have a racket for the fifth set. I broke four. Now I hold the record. Now I go home. No rackets. I really don't like these rackets." - Nikolay Davydenko

"War traumatizes soldier and civilian alike; warfare is a profit-making racket; warfare resolves nothing that negotiations can't resolve better; the weapons we have now make non-violence the only option to planetary annihilation." - Madeline Taylor

"I don't think I've ever held a racket in my hand ... There's got to be somebody in the US who isn't trying to play tennis and stinking up the court." - Isaac Asimov

"One day when a linesman starts to laugh I swear I will hit the guy over the head with my racket. I think it will be the end of my career, but I will be happy." - Ilie Nastase

"Maybe the raising of millions of dollars of funds for charitable projects has become 'a racket', and the longer they remain in the test-tube stage of development, the longer patronage and job payrollers remain in their soft berths." - Roland V. Libonati

"Vidal gives the impression of believing that the entire heterosexual edifice - registry offices, 'Romeo and Juliet,' the disposable diaper - is just a sorry story of self-hypnosis and mass hysteria: a hoax, a racket, or sheer propaganda." - Martin Amis

"As for how I feel about any success I've had, I just feel extremely lucky. Writing is a tough racket, and there are a lot of writers out there better than me who can't seem to catch a break." - Donald Ray Pollock

"The people I'm furious with are the women's liberationists. They keep getting up on soapboxes and proclaiming women are brighter than men. That's true, but it should be kept quiet or it ruins the whole racket." - Anita Loos

"Up to now, America has not been a good milieu for the rise of a mass movement. What starts out here as a mass movement ends up as a racket, a cult, or a corporation." - Eric Hoffer

"I'm furious about the Women's Liberationists. They keep getting up on soapboxes and proclaiming that women are brighter than men. That's true, but it should be kept very quiet or it ruins the whole racket." - Anita Loos

"What we have to do now is to make the public at large aware that what we're looking at is not a historical event but - and I have to be brutal and I am going to say it - a racket." - Ernst Zundel

"The first time at age 5 and a half, when I took a racket in my hands and my father fed me some balls, I made 50 backhands in a row - didn't miss a single one." - Marion Bartoli

"I got my first tennis racket on my seventh birthday. And because we had a tennis court in our backyard, I played every day. By ten I was playing competitively." - Tullian Tchividjian

"I follow the teachings of Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, United States Marine Corps. He won two Congressional Medals of Honor, and he wrote the highly controversial antiwar book 'War is a Racket.'" - Jesse Ventura

"My father had never watched tennis, never liked tennis too much. He said, 'OK, we buy a racket, we watch together,' because we didn't know anything. It was a process of learning together that made it more interesting." - Novak Djokovic

"I don't think there is a good reason for an abortion, but Dr. Jasper made me really realize it was just a racket. He was just doing it for the money. He didn't care about the women." - Norma Mccorvey

"I started in this racket in the early '70s, and when I was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America, of which I was like the sixth president, I was the first one nobody ever heard of." - Jerry Pournelle

"Somebody's always getting me to come lecture to their writing class, and I don't talk about writing at all, I talk about the business of making a living at this racket." - Jerry Pournelle

"I used to cut guitars out of a piece of cardboard to copy the Strat look. I used a backwards tennis racket for a while and graduated to the cardboard cutout." - Rick Springfield

"War is a racket. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives." - Smedley Butler

"For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it." - Smedley Butler

"Like many men who play tennis, when I hit a ball into the net, I tend to look daggers at my racket, reproaching it for playing so badly when I myself have been trying so hard." - Craig Brown

"War Is A Racket : I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher- ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service" - Smedley Butler

"Don't you understand anything? Isn't it absolutely essential to keep a fierce Left and a fierce Right, both on their toes and each terrified of the other? That's how we get things done. Any opposition to the N.I.C.E. is represented as a Left racket in the Right papers and a Right racket in the Left papers. If it's properly done, you get each side outbidding the other in support of us-to refute the enemy slanders. Of course we're non-political. The real power always is." - C S Lewis

"I don't make music to make money. I make music because that's what I like to do. You would think, "Yeah, of course, that's what an artist does," but there ain't too many artists around anymore. I see a lot of people who, if they thought they wouldn't profit, would find an easier hustle. It's a racket now, like everything else, but we're in a capitalistic country - everything's a racket. Take what you can. I think the difference between that line of thinking and me is obvious." - Del tha Funkee Homosapien

"To dine, drink champagne, raise a racket and make speeches about the people's consciousness, the people's conscience, freedom andso forth while servants in tails are scurrying around your table, just like serfs, and out in the severe cold on the street await coachmen-this is the same as lying to the holy spirit." - Anton Chekhov

"My three favorite travel writers of all time are Robert Louis Stevenson, Graham Greene, and Chuck Thompson. Smile When You're Lying not only tells the truth about the travel-writing racket, it gets to the heart of some of the travel industry's best-kept secrets." - Kinky Friedman

"Mangling my racket and an odd swearword on the court is not something I am proud of and it shouldn't happen, but even my coaches have told me that it's sometimes better to let it all out, the anger inside you, because keeping it bottled would just eat you up in the long term." - Novak Djokovic

"Growing up I wasn't the richest, but I had a rich family in spirit. Standing here with 19 championships is something I never thought would happen. I went on a court just with a ball and a racket and with a hope." - Serena Williams

"For God's sake stop making people in your image. Harry was real. He wasn't just your hero and my lover. He was Harry. He was in a racket. He did bad things. What about it? He was the man we knew." - Graham Greene

"Sure. I"d like to live regular. Go home to a good looking wife, a hot dinner, and a husky kid. But I guess I got film in my blood. I love this racket. It's exciting. It's dangerous. It's funny. It's tough. It's heartbreaking." - Weegee

"For a split second, Harry thought how absurd it was for Tonks to expect the dummy to hear her talking that quietly through a sheet of glass, when there were buses rumbling along behind her and all the racket of street full of shoppers. Then he reminded himself that dummies could not hear anyway." - J K Rowling

"In the system of chivalry, men protect women against men. This is not unlike the protection relationship which [organized crime] established with small businesses in the early part of this century. Indeed, chivalry is an age-old protection racket which depends for its existence on rape." - Susan Griffin

"The city is loveliest when the sweet death racket begins. Her own life lived in defiance of nature, her electricity, her frigidaires, her soundproof walls, the glint of lacquered nails, the plumes that wave across the corrugated sky. Here in the coffin depths grow the everlasting flowers sent by telegraph." - Henry Miller

"Dish yer rabbit foot'll gin you good luck. De man w'at tote it mighty ap'fer ter come out right en' up wen deys any racket gwine on in de neighborhoods, let 'er be whar she will en w'en she may; mo' espeshually ef de man w'at got it know 'zactly w'at he got ter do." - Joel Chandler Harris

"Football is not, in my view, a sport: it is somewhere between a business racket and a mental illness. I associate it with all the worst aspects of our society - violence, drunkenness, drugs, racism, exploitation, greed and stupidity; and that's just for starters." - Simon Heffer

"Let's take my truck," Jim said as he hit the gravel. "Less noise." And it has a radio, right?" With tragic concentration Adrian started warming up his voice, sounding like a moose being backstroked by a chesse grater. Jim shook his head at Eddie as the doors opened "How can you stand that racket?" Selective deafness" Teach me,master." - J.R. Ward

"Somewhere out there are a few men with more innate talent at golf than Jack Nicklaus, or women with greater ability at tennis than Chris Evert or Martina Navratilova, but they will never lift a club or swing a racket and therefore will never find out how great they could have been. Instead, they'll be content to sit and watch stars perform on television." - Donald Trump

"Sure. I'd like to live regular. Go home to a good looking wife, a hot dinner, and a husky kid. But I guess I got film in my blood. I love this racket. It's exciting. It's dangerous. It's funny. It's tough. It's heartbreaking." - Weegee

"Reading student papers, blue books, etc., a form of torture ... a matter of rubbing an iron file over one's teeth, or holding urine in one's mouth, or having the racket of a bulldozer in one's ear for an hour or two on end." - Newton Arvin

"Boys have their soft and gentle moods too. You would suppose by the morning racket that nothing could be more foreign to their nature than romance and vague sadness. . . . But boys have hours of great sinking and sadness, when kindness and fondness are peculiarly needful to them." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Being a Negro writer these days is a racket and I'm going to make the most of it while it lasts. About twice a year I sell a story. It is acclaimed. I am a genius in the making. Thank God for this Negro literary renaissance. Long may it flourish" - Wallace Thurman

"For centuries, the mystics of spirit had existed by running a protection racket - by making life on earth unbearable, then charging you for consolation and relief, by forbidding all the virtues that make existence possible, then riding on the shoulders of your guilt, by declaring production and joy to be sins, then collecting blackmail from the sinners." - Ayn Rand

"Manners are manners. Jimmy Connors and Ilie Nastase have no respect. I don't want my kid seeing Nastase play. The demeanor you show on the court is important to tennis.... Maybe we (yesterday's stars) were too stereotyped. But we were told to behave or they'd take our racket away." - Rod Laver

"The mere fact that you belong to a certain ethnic group makes you eternally guilty, according to the twisted logic of Zionism. If Germans who were not even born before 1945 must pay reparations to the State of Israel, which did not exist until 1948, then you can be included in the Zionist racket of reparations and revenge." - Ernst Zundel

"I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long.... Looking back on it, I feel I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three city districts. We Marines operated on three CONTINENTS" - Smedley Butler

"You seem a lot like me," he said. "You don't gawk at me like I'm a freak." "I'll kick anyone who does." "I think you already did. Or at least smacked him with a tennis racket." -Alexander and Raven, Vampire Kisses, Pg.127, The Beginning" - Ellen Schreiber

"The two dozen commonplace childhood photographs - snowsuit, pony, tennis racket, looming fender of a Dodge - were an inexhaustible source of wonder for him, at her having existed before he met her, and of sadness for his possessing nothing of the ten million minutes of that black-and-white scallop-edged existence save these few proofs." - Michael Chabon

"First, it is providing a means whereby key individuals on its payroll are able to obtain both power and wealth through granting special favors to certain politically influential groups that are subject to its regulation. This activity is similar to the 'protection racket' of organized crime: for a price, one can induce FDA administrators to provide 'protection' from the FDA itself." - G. Edward Griffin

"I have been....moved to wonder whether my job is a job or a racket, whether economists, and particularly economic theorists, may not be in the position that Cicero, citing Cato, ascribed to the augurs of Rome-that they should cover their faces or burst into laugher when they met on the street." - Frank Knight

"These people say free markets are the way to go, but wink, wink, the markets aren't really free. They're just a protectionist racket, and we have to pay for it all on every level. It's really quite extraordinary, and immoral, and illegal. These things need to be named, and shamed, and outed, and mocked, and prosecuted." - John Cusack

"We must try to love one another.... The terrible and beautiful sentence, the last, the final wisdom that the earth can give, is remembered at the end, is spoken too late, wearily. It stands there, awful and untraduced, above the dusty racket of our lives. No forgetting, no forgiving, no denying, no explaining, no hating." - Thomas Wolfe

"War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives." - Smedley Butler

"Being a Negro writer these days is a racket and I'm going to make the most of it while it lasts. About twice a year I sell a story. It is acclaimed. I am a genius in the making. Thank God for this Negro literary renaissance. Long may it flourish!" - Wallace Thurman

"Liberty may be an uncomfortable blessing unless you know what to do with it. That is why so many freed slaves returned to their masters, why so many emancipated women are only too glad to give up the racket and settle down. For between announcing that you will live your own life, and the living of it lie the real difficulties of any awakening." - Walter Lippmann

"The only way to combat the murder that is war is to show the dirty combinations that make it and the criminals and swine that hope for it and the idiotic way they run it when they get it so that an honest man will distrust it as he would distrust a racket and refuse to be enslaved into it." - Ernest Hemingway

"The earth is speaking to us, but we can't hear because of all the racket our senses are making. Sometimes we need to erase them, erase our senses. Then - maybe - the earth will touch us. The universe will speak. The stars will whisper." - Jerry Spinelli

"With a tennis racket strapped tightly to her hiking pack, Martina Navratilova began her ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. The tennis legend had visions of celebrating at the summit of Africa's highest peak by hitting a couple balls to see how far they might fly in the thin air at 19,341 feet." - Don Yaeger

"With tennis, you can go pick up a racket, take a lesson, and understand how much talent and skill it takes to be as good as the top pros. Same with golf: pick up a club. But not many can go out and get in a race car and experience a drive at over 200 miles an hour." - Mario Andretti

"I started rooting - you know, sticking up joints - with some older guys. By now I had gotten a taste of what the racket world really was - the glamour, the way they dressed, the way they always had a pocketful of money." - Mickey Cohen

"And then it was like, wait, you can go to college and study theater? And act in plays? This is almost a racket, you know. And then when the opportunity came along to do it professionally, I thought I'd won the lottery." - Tom Hanks

"This whole celebrity racket, it's not really my bag. I don't really do that stuff, and I am not looking to get famous myself. I would love it if my characters get famous, my work was well known and appreciated. But I'm an actor, not a spokes model or a celebrity or whatever that is. I don't know how to be that." - John C Reilly

"I have to give my family credit for putting up with the racket, because as some of you may know, its not the easiest thing in the world to live with a kid who's trying to become a rock and roll drummer." - Max Weinberg

"My father was a carpenter, a very good carpenter. He also worked for the Jones boys. They were not family members, we weren't related at all. They started the policy racket in Chicago, and they had the five and dime store." - Quincy Jones

"War is a racket. It always has been... A few profit - and the many pay. But there is a way to stop it. You can't end it by disarmament conferences. You can't eliminate it by peace parleys at Geneva. Well-meaning but impractical groups can't wipe it out by resolutions. It can be smashed effectively only by taking the profit out of war." - Smedley Butler

"Out on the street, you never know what you're getting, and suddenly two days later you're beating yourself in the head with a tennis racket, wearing a towel, quoting Poe. You don't want that for your kid. You really don't want that." - Johnny Depp

"My daddy says that when you do somethin' to distract you from your worstest fears, it's like whistlin' past the graveyard. You know, making a racket to keep the scaredness and the ghosts away. He says that's how we get by sometimes. But it's not weak, like hidin'...it's strong. It means you're able to go on." - Susan Crandall

"I'm trained as an actor for the stage - classically trained, believe it or not - and I worked closely with Stella Adler for years. People don't know that much about it. They just think I am these people. But I've been in this comedy racket, because it's just how everybody wants to see me." - Michael Richards

"My grandfather told me that I should have a series of headshots, one with a tennis racket, one dressed as a naval officer, and one dressed as a cheeky chappie. He said, "If you have those headshots, the world is your oyster."" - Henry Lloyd-Hughes

"In this mob of I's inside, which one is me? Hear me out. I know I'm wandering, but don't start putting a lid on this racket. No telling what I'll do then. Every moment I'm thrown by your story. One moment it's happy, and I'm singing. One moment it's sad, and I'm weeping. It turns bitter, and I pull away. But then you spill a little grace, and just like that, I'm all light. It's not so bad, this arrangement, actually." - Rumi

"If a 13 year old girl is pregnant, that is evidence of sexual abuse and that's supposed to be reported to the authorities and these people are never doing it. I"ve said it before and I"ll say it again, the American abortion industry is running a pedophile protection racket and they"ve been doing it for years and they"re often getting federal tax dollars to run this thing." - Mark Crutcher

"The problem with listening, of course, is that we don't. There's too much noise going on in our heads, so we never hear anything. The inner conversation simply never stops. It can be our voice or whatever voices we want to supply, but it's a constant racket. In the same way we don't see, and in the same way we don't feel, we don't touch, we don't taste." - Philip Glass

"We have the whitest kitchens and the most shining bathrooms in the world. But in the lovely white kitchen the average [person] ca' produce a meal fit to eat, and the lovely shining bathroom is mostly a receptacle for deodorants, laxatives, sleeping pills, and the products of that confidence racket called the cosmetic industry. We make the finest packages in the world, Mr Marlowe. The stuff inside is mostly junk." -" - Raymond Chandler

"protected businesses never, never become competitive ... Halliburton, Bechtel, Parsons, KPMG, RTI, Blackwater and all other U.S. corporations that were in Iraq to take advantage of the reconstruction were part of a vast protectionist racket whereby the U.S. government had created their markets with war, barred their competitors from even entering the race, then paid them to do the work, while guaranteeing them a profit to boot - all at taxpayer expense." - Naomi Klein

"We have the whitest kitchens and the most shining bathrooms in the world. But in the lovely white kitchen the average [person] can't produce a meal fit to eat, and the lovely shining bathroom is mostly a receptacle for deodorants, laxatives, sleeping pills, and the products of that confidence racket called the cosmetic industry. We make the finest packages in the world, Mr Marlowe. The stuff inside is mostly junk." -" - Raymond Chandler

"If a 13 year old girl is pregnant, that is evidence of sexual abuse and that's supposed to be reported to the authorities and these people are never doing it. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the American abortion industry is running a pedophile protection racket and they've been doing it for years and they're often getting federal tax dollars to run this thing." - Mark Crutcher

"If a 13 year old girl is pregnant, that is evidence of sexual abuse and that's supposed to be reported to the authorities and these people are never doing it. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the American abortion industry is running a pedophile protection racket and they've been doing it for years and they're often getting federal tax dollars to run this thing." - Mark Crutcher

"As things get worse and the State seems powerless to help, the State will seem less and less legitimate. People will lose their moral connection to it. Laws will seem more like revenue traps and shakedowns. The state will start to seem more like another extortion racket, and, as in Mexico, people will have a harder time telling the good guys from the bad guys." - Jack Donovan



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