James P. Cannon quotes

  • No strike could ever be won with a Communist at its head since the employers would make victory impossible.
    -- James P. Cannon

    #Victory #Impossible #Communist

  • The art of politics is knowing what to do next.
    -- James P. Cannon

    #Art #Knowing #Next

  • Trotskyism is not a new movement, a new doctrine, but the restoration, the revival of genuine Marxism as it was expounded and practiced in the Russian revolution and in the early days of the Communist International.
    -- James P. Cannon

    #Doctrine #Restoration #Movement

  • The economic prerequisites for the socialist revolution are fully matured in the US. The political premises are likewise far more advanced than might appear on the surface.
    -- James P. Cannon

    #Political #Might #Revolution

  • The workers of America have power enough to topple the structure of capitalism at home and to lift the whole world with them when they rise.
    -- James P. Cannon

    #Home #America #World

  • The American capitalists are richer and stronger than their counterparts in other lands. They are also younger and more ignorant, and therefore more inclined to seek a rough settlement of difficulties without diplomatic subtlety and finesse. All that does not change the fact that American capitalism operates according to the same laws as the others, is confronted with the same fundamental problems, and is headed toward the same catastrophe.
    -- James P. Cannon

    #Law #Land #Ignorant

  • These monster cities we live in today are blights of modern society. They will certainly give way to planned cities interlinked to the countryside. Everybody will live with the natural advantages of the country and the cultural associations of the town.
    -- James P. Cannon

    #Country #Cities #Giving

  • Compassion crowns the soul with its truest victory.

  • I shall give a propagandist reason for starting the war, no matter whether it is plausible or not. The victor will not be asked afterwards whether he told the truth or not. When starting and waging war it is not right that matters, but victory.

  • If I put things between me and Christ, it is idolatry. If I put Christ between me and things, it is victory!

  • The degree of blessing enjoyed by any man will correspond exactly with the completeness of God's victory over him.

  • The experiences of men who walked with God in olden times agree to teach that the Lord cannot fully bless the a man until He has first conquered him. The degree of blessing enjoyed by any man will correspond exactly with the completeness of God's victory over him.

  • The primary requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite. Without this, it is impossible to accumulate, within the allotted span, enough experience of eating to have anything worth setting down.

  • There's lots about politics I don't feel comfortable with. To talk about the politics of future ideas is impossible in soundbite form.

  • Indeed, we Jews were at the leading edge of communist totalitarianism, one of the most murderous movements of the 20th century.

  • I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement.

  • Only Communists and Social Democrats who acted against the state were incarcerated. Most of the Communists and Social Democrats I had known became Nazis later. Only those who were doing anything against the state were thrown in concentration camps.

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