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Say What?

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force. Said George Washington. The state is the coldest of all cold monsters that bites with stolen teeth. Said Nietzsche. Government is solely an instrument or mechanism of appropriation, prohibition, compulsion, and extinction; in the nature of things it can be nothing else, and…

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Fascinating Facts, Curious Quotations

“The fact is, I did not eat every day during that period of my life.” Said the surrealist Andre Breton, explaining the possible provenance of some of his strange and early literature. Sergei Yesenin (1895-1925) was a Russian lyric poet who, at age 30, hung himself. Vladimir Mayakovsky, his contemporary and also a Russian poet,…

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