Leftism Quotes

Quotes relating to the philosophy of the left, revealing quotes from prominent leftists

Marxists, they have a deep abiding belief, real deep belief, that people change on a root level. That if we just change the economic circumstances of human beings, than they change as people - like their souls actually change. Like if people made more money, they'll become better people, which is ironic because they consider the rich people in American society the worst. RIght? So they say as you become more wealthy, and American society become more corrupt but if we made poor people more wealthy they become better. Which is weird... Ben Shapiro. The Ben Shapiro Show Ep. 161
Since multiculturalism claims to stand for the sanctity and worth of each culture, the discovery that its real tendency is to dismantle the existing European-based culture of the United States should have instantly discredited it. Yet it has not - not even among conservatives. A leading reason for this failure is that modern conservatives are themselves ethnicity-blind, democratic universalists. Their conservatism consists in seeing multiculturalism as an attack on their universalist tenets. They fail to understand multiculturalism as an attack on a particular culture and people, namely their own, because as universalists they either have no allegiance to that particular culture and people or their allegiance is defensive and weak. Thus the typical conservative today will say that multiculturalism is bad because "it divides us into different groups" - which is of course true. But he rarely says that multiculturalism is bad because "it is destroying our culture" - America's historic culture and civilization - since that would imply that he was defending a particular culture rather than a universalist idea. Because conservatives are unwilling to defend the very thing that multiculturalism is seeking to destroy, they are unable to identify the nature of multiculturalism and to oppose it effectively. Lawrence Auster. "How Multiculturalism Took Over America", July 9, 2004
If the free-traders cannot understand how one nation can grow rich at the expense of another, we need not wonder, since these same gentlemen also refuse to understand how within one country one class can enrich itself at the expense of another.
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In general, the protective system of our day is conservative, while the free trade system is destructive. It breaks up old nationalities and pushes the antagonism of the proletariat and the bourgeoisie to the extreme point. In a word, the free trade system hastens the social revolution. It is in this revolutionary sense alone, gentlemen, that I vote in favor of free trade. Karl Marx. On the Question of Free Trade
Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to. Theodore Dalrymple. Frontpage Magazine Interview

Abolition [Aufhebung] of the family! Even the most radical flare up at this infamous proposal of the Communists.

On what foundation is the present family, the bourgeois family, based? On capital, on private gain. In its completely developed form, this family exists only among the bourgeoisie. But this state of things finds its complement in the practical absence of the family among the proletarians, and in public prostitution.

The bourgeois family will vanish as a matter of course when its complement vanishes, and both will vanish with the vanishing of capital.

Communist Manifesto. Chapter II
When we look into the face of each individual refugee, especially the children and women, we can feel their suffering. A human being who is a bit more fortunate has the duty to help them. On the other hand, there are too many now. Europe, for example, Germany, cannot become an Arab country. Germany is Germany. There are so many that in practice it becomes difficult. From a moral point of view too, I think that the refugees should only be admitted temporarily. The goal should be that they return and help rebuild their countries. The Dalai Lama. Too many refugees in Europe; from the Original Article
We all know the BNP is a racist party and racism is active hatred. The BNP talk about racial purity, a concept they learned from Hitler. But the idea was always false. If the same genetic people have kids with each other, we all know where that leads. It's called in-breeding. It is the blend of your genes that makes you powerful and makes us, as a country, strong.
If your mum's from England and your dad's from Ukraine, that's a good thing. If you're born in Hawaii, your mum's a white woman from Kansas and your dad's a black man from Kenya, you could be president of the US - oh, hang on, that's already happened. Eddie Izzard. We Must Reject The Politics Of Hatred
Sometimes the nature of a particular show - historical dramas, for instance - makes diversity more of a challenge, but Doctor Who has absolutely nowhere to hide on this... We've kind of got to tell a lie. We'll go back into history and there will be black people where, historically, there wouldn't have been, and we won't dwell on that. We'll say, 'To hell with it, this is the imaginary, better version of the world. By believing in it, we'll summon it forth'. Steven Moffat. Executive Producer of Doctor Who
Indeed, I would suggest that resting the claim for racial equity and just treatment upon the contemporary understanding of race and intelligence produced by scientists is a dangerous and ultimately unethical thing to do, simply because morality and ethics cannot be determined solely on the basis of science. Would it be ethical, after all, to mistreat individuals simply because they belonged to groups that we discovered were fundamentally different and in some regards less "capable," on average, than other groups? Of course not. The moral claim to be treated ethically and justly, as an individual, rests on certain principles that transcend the genome and whatever we may know about it. This is why it has always been dangerous to rest the claim for LGBT equality on the argument that homosexuality is genetic or biological. It may well be, but what if it were proven not to be so? Would that now mean that it would be ethical to discriminate against LGBT folks, simply because it wasn't something encoded in their biology, and perhaps was something over which they had more "control?" Tim Wise. Reflections on the Moral Absurdity of "Racial Realism"
It's a no-brainer that we [gay people] should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it's a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist. ... Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there - because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie. The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change. And again, I don't think it should exist. ... I have three kids who have five parents, more or less, and I don't see why they shouldn't have five parents legally. Masha Gessen. Russia's leading LGBT rights activist
Here's a sentence I never thought I would write: I'm in favor of a "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Not in the military, of course - those days are behind us - but in the bedroom. What I'm talking about, specifically, is HIV. And my point is that, at least when it comes to sex, we should talk about it less.
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It's time to rid the gay community of the irrational fears and discrimination that have held us back for far too long. Positive men don't deserve to be second-class sexual citizens. When it comes to HIV, the baseline rules should be simple: Don't ask. Don't tell. Stay smart. And enjoy the hell out of each other. Michael Lucas (of Lucas Entertainment, one of the largest gay pornographic studios in the world). Op-ed: Live in a World Where Everyone Has HIV
There is more pity and understanding for terrorists held in Guantanamo than for the disease of pedophilia. This just shows once again how incompetent our sexphobic society is when it has to deal with sex, sexual orientation, and sexual desires that are out of the mainstream. This behavior is both stupid and counterproductive.
We have to be clear: Pedophilia is a sexual orientation just like homosexuality or heterosexuality. It's genetic and unalterable. That's proven by science and illustrated by treatment failure. Michael Lucas. Lucas: Treat Pedophiles Humanely
The oppression of gay people starts in the most basic unit of society, the family. consisting of the man in charge, a slave as his wife, and their children on whom they force themselves as the ideal models. The very form of the family works against homosexuality.
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The long-term goal of Gay Liberation, which inevitably brings us into conflict with the institutionalised sexism of this society, is to rid society of the gender-role system which is at the root of our oppression.
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... that is why we, along with the women's movement, must fight for something more than reform. We must aim at the abolition of the family, so that the sexist, male supremacist system can no longer be nurtured there. Gay Liberation Front: Manifesto (1971)
Being queer is more than setting up house, sleeping with a person of the same gender, and seeking state approval for doing so. It is an identity, a culture with many variations. It is a way of dealing with the world by diminishing the constraints of gender roles, which have for so long kept women and gay people oppressed and invisible. Being queer means pushing the parameters of sex, sexuality, and family, and in the process transforming the very fabric of society.
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We must keep our eyes on the goals of providing true alternatives to marriage and of radically reordering society's view of family. Paula Ettelbrick. A gay civil rights activist. "Since when is marriage a path to liberation?"
For myself, as someone in a same-sex couple, the official endorsement of my relationship's equality is an important and lovely engagement in the event that I ever opt for state recognition of my romantic life. But the fact is that for millions of Americans like me - both gay, straight and in the vast hinterlands in between - the little box of traditional marriage is too constricting for our evolving notions of love and partnership.
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... perhaps the next step isn't to, once again, expand the otherwise narrow definition of marriage but to altogether abolish the false distinction between married families and other equally valid but unrecognized partnerships. Sally Kohn, liberal political commentator. "Prop 8: Let's Get Rid of Marriage Instead!"
I'd been feeling this way all through my stay in Europe - edgy, defensive, hesitant with strangers. I hadn't planned it that way. ... And by the end of the first week or so, I realized that I'd made a mistake. It wasn't that Europe wasn't beautiful; everything was just as I'd imagined it. It just wasn't mine. I felt as if I were living out someone else's romance; the incompleteness of my own history stood between me and the sites I saw like a hard pane of glass. Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father
The first condition for the liberation of the wife is to bring the whole female sex back into public industry, and that this in turn demands the abolition of the monogamous family as the economic unit of society. ...
With the transfer of the means of production into common ownership, the single family ceases to be the economic unit of society. Private housekeeping is transformed into a social industry. The care and education of the children becomes a public affair; society looks after all children alike, whether they are legitimate or not. This removes all the anxiety about the "consequences," which today is the most essential social - moral as well as economic - factor that prevents a girl from giving herself completely to the man she loves. Will not that suffice to bring about the gradual growth of unconstrained sexual intercourse and with it a more tolerant public opinion in regard to a maiden's honor and a woman's shame? Friedrich Engels (Co-writer with Karl Marx of the Communist Manifesto); Origins of the Family (1884)
... people on the left have willingly or unwillingly told a lot of lies. ... We had identified the enemy as Fascism. We heard the demonic language of Fascism. We believed in, or at least applied, a double standard to the angelic language of Communism. ... I would contend that what they [refering to the instatement of martial law in Poland] illustrate is a truth that we should have understood a very long time ago: that Communism is Fascism - successful Fascism, if you will. What we have called Fascism is, rather, the form of tyranny that can be overthrown - that has, largely, failed. I repeat: not only is Fascism (and overt military rule) the probable destiny of all Communist societies - especially when their populations are moved to revolt - but Communism is in itself a variant, the most successful variant, of Fascism. Fascism with a human face. Susan Sontag
I venture to point out that both the English and the Indians spring from a common stock, called the Indo-Aryan. ... A general belief seems to prevail in the Colony that the Indians are little better, if at all, than savages or the Natives of Africa. Even the children are taught to believe in that manner, with the result that the Indian is being dragged down to the position of a raw Kaffir [African]. Mahatma Gandhi
For me, the new Germany exists only in order to ensure the existence of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Martin Schulz. German Politician; President of the European Parliament

Immigration

[After the rebellion of East German workers] Would it not be easier in that case for the government to dissolve the people and elect another? The Solution by Bertolt Brecht
Free trade tends to operate not as a complement for immigration but as a substitute. If you have free trade, you don't need immigration.
Hence the Japanese have factories in the Philippines rather than Filipinos in Japan. Victorian Britain, with its foreign policy of "splendid isolation" from the quarrels of Europe, combined total free trade with almost no immigration, a policy that satisfied Liberal "Little Englander" isolationists and Tory Imperialist global interventionists alike. Peter Brimelow. Alien Nation (1996)
Saying you can't object to current immigration because your great-grandparents were immigrants in 1900 [America] is just like saying that, because you were once a fetus, therefore you should be against abortion. Peter Brimelow. Alien Nation (1996)
From the outset, it must be emphasized that not even the most restrictive immigration policy or the most exclusive form of segregationism has anything to do with a rejection of free trade and the adoption of protectionism. From the fact that one does not want to associate with or live in the neighborhood composed of Mexicans, Haitians, Chinese, Koreans, Germans, Catholics, Moslems, Hindus, etc., it does not follow that one does not want to trade with them from a distance. Moreover, even if it were the case that one's real income would rise as a result of immigration, it does not follow that immigration must be considered "good," for material wealth is not the only thing that counts. Rather, what constitutes "welfare" and "wealth" is subjective, and one might prefer lower material living standards and a greater distance from certain other people over higher material living standards and a smaller distance. It is precisely the absolute voluntariness of human association and separation - the absence of any form of forced integration - which makes peaceful relationships - free trade - between racially, ethnically, linguistically, religiously, or culturally distinct people possible. Hans-Hermann Hoppe
The Barbarians never take a city till someone holds the gates open for them, and it's your own preachers who will do it for you, and your own multicultural authorities who will do it for you. Christopher Hitchens, Resisting Islam

The Great Replacement

When I was a Revolutionary Marxist, we were all in favour of as much immigration as possible.
It wasn't because we liked immigrants, but because we didn't like Britain. We saw immigrants - from anywhere - as allies against the staid, settled, conservative society that our country still was at the end of the Sixties.
Also, we liked to feel oh, so superior to the bewildered people - usually in the poorest parts of Britain - who found their neighbourhoods suddenly transformed into supposedly 'vibrant communities'.
If they dared to express the mildest objections, we called them bigots. Peter Hitchens. How I am partly to blame for Mass Immigration
I'm not sure what's going on in Britain. Or, let me say this - I don't know what's going on in London, because London is no longer an English city. ... I had a Californian friend come over two months ago, walk down the King's Road and say, "Where are all the English people?" John Cleese
I think that if we build up gradually inside Australia a proportion of people who are not of white skin, then, as that is gradually done, so there will be a complete lack of consciousness that it is being built up, and a complete lack of consciousness of difference between the races. And if this can be done, as I think it can, then that may provide the world with the first truly multi-racial society with no tensions of any kind possible between any of the races within it. At any rate this is our ideal. John Gorton. Prime Minister of Australia from 1968-1971. Speech in Singapore
Australia is changing. We're an anomaly as a European country in this part of the world. There's already a large and growing Asian population in Australia and it is inevitable in my view that Australia will become a Eurasian country over the next century or two. Australian Asians and Europeans will marry another and a new race will emerge: I happen to think that's desirable. Bill Hayden. Australia's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The North can gain much by recolonising. But we do have the ultimate weapon. People are more mobile now. They can go anywhere. In a borderless world we can go anywhere. If we are not allowed a good life in our countries, if we are going to be global citizens, then we should migrate North. We should migrate North in our millions, legally or illegally. Masses of Asians and Africans should inundate Europe and America. If there is any strength that we have, it is in the numbers. Three-fourth of the world is either black, brown, yellow or some combination of all these. We will make all nations in the world rainbow nations. Mahathir Mohamad. Former Prime Minister of Malaysia. Speech of May in 1997

America

Americans seem to be under the misimpression they don't have a country at all, but rather live in something like the international waiting room at JFK Airport. America is not a "nation of immigrants," it is not an "idea," it was never "diverse," and "diversity" is a catastrophe.
If America were an "idea," every country on earth could be America. Electricity is an idea. The airplane is an idea. Washing with soap is an idea. That's why other countries have been able to adopt those innovations. No other country on earth has been able to approximate America - except our fellow Anglo-Saxon nations. Why is that? We've been dropping enormous hints to the rest of the world for centuries. America is not a mere landmass - otherwise, the Indians would have written the Declaration of Independence and put a man on the moon. Far from discovering America, Indians didn't even detect America. There was no America until the British and Dutch arrived. They were not "immigrants" because there was no established society for them to move to. Without the white settlers, what is known as “America” would still be an unnamed continent full of migratory tribes chasing the rear end of a buffalo every time their stomachs growled. Ann Coulter, Adios, America!
Americans are being outvoted by foreigners. ... Every issue is secondary to immigration because immigration decides every other issue. ... No, you're not losing the argument, Republicans. You're being outvoted. The Democrats changed the jury pool. This is why nothing matters, but immigration. Ann Coulter, The 26th Washington and Lee University Mock Convention
Try showing up in any other country on the planet, illiterate and penniless, and announcing: "I've seen pictures of your country and it looks great. I think I'd like to live here! Oh, and by the way, would you mind changing all your government and business phone messages, street signs and ballots into my native language? Thanks! Ann Coulter, Brown is the New Black
Some time in the distant future, brown people are probably going to — and I say this without judgment - breed their way to power in both Europe and America. Arab populations are growing in countries like France and Holland, and I think we all see where this Mexican thing is going in America. That's right, because they fuck more, the darker skinned people are going to rule the world, and white people, for their own self-preservation, should get a start on being nice to them now! Bill Maher. New Rule: This Mother's Day, Americans Must Extend a Special Thanks to Their Nannies
In the 21st century - and that's not far off - racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. will outnumber whites for the first time. The "browning of America" will alter everything in society, from politics and education to industry, values and culture. Time Magazine. April 9, 1990
Without fully realizing it, we have left the time when the non-white, non-Western part of our population could be expected to assimilate to the dominant majority. In the future, the white Western majority will have to do some assimilation of its own. Martha Farnsworth Riche, Director of Census Bureau (1994-1998)
So I think there's two things that matter for the progressive community.
Number one, if we are to expand this electorate to win, the progressive community needs to solidly be on the side of immigrants. That will solidify and expand the progressive coalition for the future...
Number two. We reform the immigration laws, it puts 12 million people on the path to citizenship and eventually voters. ... If we have eight million new voters that will be voting, we will be creating a governing coalition for the long term, not just for an election cycle. Eliseo Medina. SEIU International Executive Vice President
You need to drink up. And quickly. And heavily. Because your time [White people] is limited. Real damned limited. ...
This isn't hubris. It isn't ideology. It is not wishful thinking. It is math. ...
The kind of math that proves how your kind - mostly older white folks beholden to an absurd, inaccurate, nostalgic fantasy of what America used to be like - are dying. ...
[White people] you're on the endangered list. And unlike, say, the bald eagle or some exotic species of muskrat, you are not worth saving. ...
We are - your destruction. And I do not mean by that your physical destruction. We don't play those games. We're not into the whole "Second Amendment remedies, militia, armed resistance" bullshit that your side fetishizes, cuz, see, we don't have to be. We don't need guns. We just have to be patient. And wait for you to pass into that good night, first politically, and then, well... Do you hear it? The sound of your empire dying? Your nation, as you knew it, ending, permanently? Because I do, and the sound of its demise is beautiful. Tim Wise. An Open Letter to the White Right
These are the critical years for us as a Latino community. We're in a state of transition. And that transformation is called 'the browning of America'. Latinos are now becoming the majority. Because I know that time and history is on the side of the Chicano/Latino community. It is changing in the future and in the present the balance of power of this nation. It's a game - it's a game of power - who controls it. ... They know the demographics. They know that history and time is on our side. As one community, as one people, as one nation within a nation as the community that we are, the Chicano/Latino community of this nation. What this means is a transfer of power. It means control. Armando Navarro, Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California. Riverside 1995
It is electoral power that is going to make the determination of where we go as a community. And power is not given to you -- you have to take it. Remember: 187 is the last gasp of white America in California. Understand that. And people say to me on the Senate floor when I was in the Senate, 'Why do you fight so hard for affirmative action programs?' And I tell my white colleagues, 'because you're going to need them.' Art Torres, California State Senator
But when we look out at the audience and we see, you know, la familia, La Raza (the family, our race), you know, it's a great feeling, isn't it a good feeling? And you know, I started to think about that and it reminded me of a book that we all read and we all heard about, you know, Paul Revere, and when he was saying, 'The British are coming, the British are coming!' Well, the Latinos are coming, the Latinos are coming! And the Latinos are going to vote. So our voices will be heard. So that's what this agenda is about. It's about insuring that we increase our numbers. That we increase our numbers at every level. We talk about the Congressional, we talk about the Senate, we talk about board of supervisors, board of education, city councils, commissions, we have got to increase out numbers because the Latinos are coming. Joe Baca, former U.S. Representative
In the near future, people will look at California and Mexico as one magnificent region. Gray Davis, former governor of California
This is our homeland. We cannot - we will not- and we must not be made illegal in our own homeland. We are not immigrants that came from another country to another country. We are migrants, free to travel the length and breadth of the Americas because we belong here. We are millions. We just have to survive. We have an aging white America. They are not making babies. They are dying. It's a matter of time. The explosion is in our population. Jose Angel Gutierrez, Professor at the University of Texas.
I have proudly affirmed that the Mexican national extends beyond the territory enclosed by its borders, and that Mexican migrants are an important - a very important part of it. For that reason my government proposed a constitutional amendment to allow any Mexican with the right as he desires to acquire another nationality to do so without being forced to first give up his or her Mexican nationality. fortunately, the amendment was passed almost unanimously by our federal Congress and is now part of our constitution. I am also here today to tell you that we want you to take pride in what each and every one of your Mexican brothers and sisters are doing back home. Ernesto Zedillo, former president of Mexico
We're here today to show L.A., show the minority people here, the Anglo-Saxons, that we are here, the majority, we're here to stay. We do the work in this city, we take care of the spoiled brat children, we clean their offices, we pick the food, we do the manufacturing in the factories of L.A., we are the majority here, and we are not going to be pushed around.
We're here in Westwood, this is the fourth time we've been here in the last two months, to show white Anglo-Saxon Protestant L.A., the few of you who remain, that we are the majority, and we claim this land as ours, it's always been ours, and we're still here, and uh, none of this talk about deporting. If anybody's going to be deported it's going to be you.
[SHOUTING] Go back to Simi Valley, you skunks! Go back to Woodland Hills! Go back to Boston! Go back to the Plymouth Rock, Pilgrims! Get out! We are the future. You're old and tired. Go on. We have beaten you; leave like beaten rats.
You old white people, it is your duty to die. Even their own ethicists say that they should die; that they have a duty to die. They're taking up too much space, too much air.
We are the majority in L.A. There's over seven million Mexicans in L.A. County alone. We are the majority. And you're going to see every day more and more of it, as we ... we manifest as our young people grow up, graduate from high school, go on to college and start taking over this society. Our people ... are ... the vast majority of our people are under the age of 15 years old. Right now we're already controlling those elections, whether it's through violence or nonviolence. Through love of having children we are gonna take over. Augustin Cebada, Information Minister of Brown Berets
"We're going to take over all the political institutions in California. In five years the Hispanics are going to be the majority population of this state."
Caller: "You also made the statement that California is going to become a Hispanic state and if anyone doesn't like it they should leave - did you say that?"
Obledo: "I did. They ought to go back to Europe." Mario Obledo, former CA Secretary of Health and Welfare
Because our numbers are growing, they're afraid about this great mass of minorities that now live in our community. They're afraid that we're going to take over the governmental institutions and other institutions. They are right, we will take them over, and we are not going to go away — we are here to stay, and we are saying 'ya basta' (enough!) and we are going to turn ... and uh, de ... not elect or re-elect people that believe that they are going to advance their political careers on the backs of immigrants and the backs of minorities. Richard Alatorre, former Los Angeles City Councilman
Que viva la raza, que viva la raza (long live our race)! I'm here to welcome all the new voters of 18 years old that we're registering now in our schools. Welcome, you're going to make a difference for Los Angeles, for San Antonio, for New York, and I thank Southwest for taking that challenge. And to the Mechistas (MEChA students) across this nation, you're going to make that difference for us, too. But when we register one more million voters I will not be the only Latina on the Board of Education of Los Angeles. And let me tell you here, no one will dismantle bilingual education in the United States of America. No one will deny an education to any child, especially Latino children. As you know, in Los Angeles we make up 70% of this school district. Of 600,000 -- 400,000 are Latinos, and our parents are not heard and they're going to be heard because in Los Angeles, San Antonio and Texas we have just classified 53,000 new citizens in one year that are going to be felt in November! Vicky Castro, former member of Los Angeles Board of Education