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"German radicalism: freedom-masturbation." - Franz Grillparzer

"Radicalism is but the desperation of logic." - Alphonse De Lamartine

"Liberalism doesn't speak to ideals. Radicalism does." - Jeff Sharlet

"Compassion is the radicalism of our time." - Dalai Lama

"Radicalism is the opium of the middle class." - Christina Stead

"RADICALISM, n. The conservatism of to-morrow injected into the affairs of to-day." - Ambrose Bierce

"Radicalism and extremism, while they are dangers, they exist in every society on some level." - Edward Snowden

"Wear the badge of environmental radicalism, and you're a citizen automatically under suspicion." - Alexander Cockburn

"This is revolution in reaction, as well as in radicalism, and Toryism speaking a jargon of law and order may often be a graver menace to liberty than radicalism bellowing the empty phrases of the soapbox demagogue." - Frank I. Cobb

"Conservatism, ever more timorous and narrow, disgusts the children, and drives them for a mouthful of fresh air into radicalism." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We need more radicalism among us before we can speak as becomes a suffering, oppressed, and persecuted people." - Charles Lenox Remond

"Radicalism itself ceases to be radical when absorbed mainly in preserving its control over a society or an economy." - Eric Hoffer

"There is a radicalism in all getting, and a conservatism in all keeping. Lovemaking is radical, while marriage is conservative." - Eric Hoffer

"True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism. They cut their hair, put on suits and infiltrate the system from within." - Saul Alinsky

"What I have advocated is not wild radicalism. It is the highest and wisest kind of conservatism." - Theodore Roosevelt

"The flag of radicalism which has been hoisted in Wolverhampton is beginning to look like the one that fluttered 25 years ago over Dachau and Belsen" - Tony Benn

"The great virtue of my radicalism lies in the fact that I am perfectly ready, if necessary, to be radical on the conservative side." - Theodore Roosevelt

"The only real radicalism in our time will come as it always has-from people who insist on thinking for themselves and who reject party-mindedness." - Christopher Hitchens

"Can we break the machine that is imposing right-wing radicalism on the United States? The scariest part is that the media is part of that machine." - Paul Krugman

"Conservatism defends those coercive arrangements which a still-lingering savageness makes requisite. Radicalism endeavours to realize a state more in harmony with the character of the ideal man." - Herbert Spencer

"After a few months you stop noticing every incarnation of radicalism and violence. It is so saturated into your reality that it practically fades into the scenery." - Max Blumenthal

"The immediate source of ecological crisis is capitalism... Capitalism is a cancer in the biosphere... I believe the color of radicalism today is not red, but green." - Steve Chase

"I don't think there's ever been such a clear choice between radicalism and moderation. I mean, we are dealing with a radical ideologue here." - Jane Fonda

"The only real radicalism in our time will come as it always has - from people who insist on thinking for themselves and who reject party-mindedness." - Christopher Hitchens

"Our enemy is not Islam. Islam is not the enemy of America; Americans are not the enemy of Islam. Our real enemy is extremism and radicalism." - Feisal Abdul Rauf

"Let's trace the birth of an idea. It's born as rampant radicalism, then it becomes progressivism, then liberalism, then it becomes moderated conservative, outmoded, and gone." - Powell Clayton

"It's a very important thing to give more capacities for our intelligence services to have more information and to prevent more radicalism and terrorism with this information." - Charles Michel

"In college I studied '60s and '70s radicalism, student activism, forms of political violence, groups like the Weathermen, the Black Panthers, the Symbionese Liberation Army, the New Left." - Marisha Pessl

"Britain is rich in radicalism, and anyone who says that our society has drifted into fatalism and apathy should get out more." - Geoff Mulgan

"American suffragist, speech "Is Woman Suffrage Progressing?" at Stockholm, Sweden Radicalism is a label that is always applied to people who are endeavoring to get freedom." - Marcus Garvey

"The spirit of our American radicalism is destructive and aimless; it is not loving; it has no ulterior and divine ends; but is destructive only out of hatred and selfishness." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I think we are all of us a pretty milky lot, without tea-table convictions and our radicalism that keeps so consistently within the bounds of decorum . . . .I'd like to annihilate these stupid colleges of ours . . . instillers of stodginess." - John Dos Passos

"What I'd like to see developing is an American radicalism, libertarian in character, which relies, however weak, faint, and even mythic these traditions may be, on the American libertarian tradition. I don't mean right-wing libertarianism obviously." - Murray Bookchin

"The George W. Bush universe of threats is a constantly expanding universe as he moves to politically higher ground, escaping from failure after failure. He's not only radical, but the consequences of his radicalism have been catastrophic." - Sidney Blumenthal

"The spirit of our American radicalism is destructive and aimless: it is not loving, it has no ulterior and divine ends; but is destructive only out of hatred and selfishness." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I like it because their view of government is essentially the same as mine, and I like it because they're regular people who, but for the shock of Obama's radicalism, probably would not have gotten active in politics." - John R. Bolton

"I think we are all of us a pretty milky lot, without tea-table convictions and our radicalism that keeps so consistently within the bounds of decorum....I'd like to annihilate these stupid colleges of ours... instillers of stodginess." - John Dos Passos

"Radicalism is as British as tea and cakes, as much a part of our make-up as monarchy and football. It will never have its own jubilees, palaces or honours system." - Geoff Mulgan

"It is not the idea as such which the censor attacks, whether it be heresy or radicalism or obscenity. He attacks the circulation of the idea among the classes which in his judgment are not to be trusted with the idea." - Walter Lippmann

"Certainly these are not easy times. But history does not contain very many easy times. Years from now, we will look back at this moment-when we worked to reclaim our country-and our children will ask us how we contributed to this mighty undertaking. Our story should be one of patriotic people who beat back the onslaught of radicalism with courage and commitment." - Laura Ingraham

"Radicalism usually prospers in the gap between rising expectations and declining opportunities. This is especially true where the population is young, idle, and bored; where the art is impoverished; where entertainment-movies, theater, music-is policed or absent altogether; and where young men are set apart from the consoling and socializing presence of women." - Lawrence Wright

"We have among us a class of mammon worshippers, whose one test of conservatism or radicalism is the attitude one takes with respect to accumulated wealth. Whatever tends to preserve the wealth of the wealthy is called conservatism, and whatever favors anything else, no matter what is called socialism." - Richard T. Ely

"I do agree that in particular, Turkey and the Gulf nations have got to make up their minds. Are they going to stand with us against this kind of jihadi radicalism or not? And there are many ways of doing it. They can provide forces. They can provide resources. But they need to be absolutely clear about where they stand." - Hillary Clinton

"That radicalism (of the '70s) was phony, really, because it was out of guilt. I'd always felt guilty that I made money, so I had to give it away or lose it. I don't mean I was a hypocrite. When I believe, I believe right down to the roots." - John Lennon

"America has exercised its power to insist on elections in Palestine, which Hamas did win. Once they won, we then engaged in a policy not only of ostracism, but by financial boycott, in effect of undermining it, and creating more tension and radicalism and poverty in Gaza, which was susceptible to exploitation by Hamas." - Zbigniew Brzezinski

"Personal evolution has nothing to do with art, it's never. Art is a sine curve: dark and light change permanently, in cumulative radicalism. Art decides what to do. The choice of colors is made by the colors themselves. The evolution of art is the evolution of the future itself." - Jonathan Meese

"Jonathan Meese is not interested in the history of reality. Everything radical and precisely graphic is sustainable. Human ideologies like religions and politics are based on the past and therefore irrelevant to art. Art always transforms radicalism of the past into the future. Art is always the total time machine. Jonathan Meese is interested in the history of the future. Art is never nostalgic." - Jonathan Meese

"It's the artist's duty to have an artist's life, somehow to obtain time and freedom and then to muster the desire and discipline to make good work out of the life, whether that goodness is in the world's aesthetics, its radicalism, its candor, its singularity, or its universality." - Stephanie Mills

"Obama's entire foreign policy was predicated on the notion that by existing, he would bridge all gaps and bury all hatchets. Instead, the Muslim world burns his picture even as he tells them he respects their radicalism. It turns out that diversity is a one-way street for the devotees of global Islam." - Ben Shapiro

"I was born into a working class Irish Catholic family at the brutal bottom of the Great Depression. I suppose this early imprinting and conditioning made me a life-long radical. My education was mostly scientific, majoring in electrical engineering and applied math. Those imprints made me a life-long rationalist. I have become increasingly skeptical about, or detached from, the assumption that radicalism and rationalism are the only correct perspectives with which to view life, but they remain my favorite perspectives." - Robert Anton Wilson

"What (some) bands do is go, 'It's not important that I'm a girl, it's just important that I want to rock.' And that's cool. But that's more of an assimilationist thing. It's like they just want to be allowed to join the world as it is; whereas I'm more into revolution and radicalism and changing the whole structure. What I'm into is making the world different for me to live in." - Kathleen Hanna

"Sometimes that irrational commitment to principle is what society needs to survive. Whenever you talk about radicalism, whenever you talk about activism, whenever you talk about progressive activity, that sort of moves the measure of liberty in human society forward, makes us all enjoy a better standard of liberty, it typically starts out criminal. It typically starts out a little bit shaky, and rather radical. And that's irrational to put yourself up to do that." - Edward Snowden

"Other than our disagreement over Syria, I would say our relationship with Russia is very good and we are seeking to broaden and deepen it. Twenty million Russians are Muslims. Like Russia, we have an interest in fighting radicalism and extremism. We both have an interest in stable energy markets. Even the disagreement over Syria is more of a tactical one than a strategic one. We both want a unified Syria that is stable in which all Syrians enjoy equal rights." - Adel al-Jubeir

"The historical resonances are sharp. [Louis] Brandeis is nominated on Jan. 28, 1916. Confirmed on June 1. Waits 125 days between nomination and confirmation, which remains an unbroken record, although Merrick Garland will surpass it in July, if my math is right. Anti-Semitism was definitely not the central reason for the opposition, which tended to focus more on his anti-corporate radicalism, but it was a theme." - Jeffrey Rosen

"Accuse American businessmen of being responsible for radicalism and they would indignantly deny the accusation. Yet, in one fundamental sense, they are responsible. They are responsible in the sense that they have utterly neglected to take part in the work and the organization which precede the choosing of candidates for political office. Local political organizations all over the land are conducted and controlled, as a rule, by politicians.... Businessmen have shirked such responsibilities, leaving an untrammeled field to others less capable of carrying on the administration of government." - B C Forbes

"Aestheticism and radicalism must lead us to jettison reason, and to replace it by a desperate hope for political miracles. This irrational attitude which springs from intoxication with dreams of a beautiful world is what I call Romanticism. It may seek its heavenly city in the past or in the future; it may preach 'back to nature' or 'forward to a world of love and beauty'; but its appeal is always to our emotions rather than to reason. Even with the best intentions of making heaven on earth it only succeeds in making it a hell - that hell which man alone prepares for his fellow-men." - Karl Popper

"So successful has the ideological-political-cultural purge been executed that it is hard indeed to find vigorous liberals, and no energetic, coherent and cogent leftists at all can find expression in our controlled media and educational systems. Forget about wholesale culture- or civilization-critics like Marxists. Universities have to be purged of any "radicalism" that can see through to the roots of issues and pathologies, for the same reasons that workers have to have nascent unions aborted among them and contrarian newspapers and media have to be starved of advertising." - Kenny Smith

"If you don't have to pay for everything you're providing, why in the world should you cut the cost of it, when it's gonna be covered? That's what's happened to the health care system. Why cut costs when somebody's gonna subsidize whatever you charge. But there's another reason why tuitions are never gonna come down on major American universities, and that's because they are the training ground of American liberalism and radicalism. And they have to make jobs there attractive to the professors and the teachers who are gonna indoctrinate these young skulls full of mush." - Rush Limbaugh

"The realization that American power could and should be used for the defense of pluralism and as a punishment for fascism came to me in Sarajevo a year or two later... That was an early quarrel between me and many of my Nation colleagues, and it was also the first time I found myself in the same trench as people like Paul Wolfowitz and Jeane Kirkpatrick: a shock I had to learn to get over. The only real radicalism in our time will come as it always has from people who insist on thinking for themselves and who reject party-mindedness." - Christopher Hitchens



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