Chip Berlet quotes

  • Around the country, ideas that originated on the hard right or in the fevered imaginations of conspiracy theorists are finding their way into the mainstream. In a number of cases, these ideas have become commonplace in American minds.
    -- Chip Berlet

    #Country #Imagination #Mind

  • People will say to me, "Well, nobody really believes this stuff." But as a reporter I go out and talk to people who do believe it. And they can talk about it for hours.
    -- Chip Berlet

    #Believe #People #Hours

  • People's perceptions of their status are just as important as their actual status.
    -- Chip Berlet

    #Perception #Important

  • That there are evil people destroying America and it's a conspiracy and time is running out and we should do something about it - that's what millions of people hear Trump saying.
    -- Chip Berlet

    #Running #People #Evil

  • Even before the election I was saying that the rhetoric used by Trump was going to cause violence before and after the election. That was easy to predict.
    -- Chip Berlet

    #Violence #Election #Easy

  • Part of the coalition is intellectuals who have an idea of racial nationalism, which is very popular in right-wing populist movements in Europe. The alt-right believes in racially separate nation-states.
    -- Chip Berlet

    #Believe #Very Popular #Populist

  • God requires no person to spend his or her life reiterating the gospel to people who will not receive it. He wants everyone to have an opportunity to hear. Then He would have us move on to other areas. The mistake of the church has been that she sits down to convert all the people in one country to the neglect of the great masses who have never had the chance to hear the gospel - not even once!

  • We are apt to say that a foreign policy is successful only when the country, or at any rate the governing class, is united behind it. In reality, every line of policy is repudiated by a section, often by an influential section, of the country concerned. A foreign minister who waited until everyone agreed with him would have no foreign policy at all.

  • I am raising my voice as a citizen of the country. I don?t want to enter politics.

  • A hero would die for his country, but he'd much rather live for it.

  • You are talking to a leftist. I believe in the redistribution of wealth and power in the world. I believe in universal hospital care for everyone. I believe that we should not have a single homeless person in the richest country in the world. And I believe that we should not have a C.I.A. that goes around overwhelming governments and assassinating political leaders, working for tight oligarchies around the world to protect the tight oligarchy here at home.

  • A disaster where marble has been substituted for imagination.

  • Can art be completely invented? It's a matter of shaping reality with the help of imagination.

  • You should not be carried away by the dictation of the mind, but the mind should be carried by your dictation.

  • You have your identity when you find out, not what you can keep your mind ON, but what you can't keep your mind OFF.

  • The minds of stone lovers had colonised stones as lichens clung to them with golden or grey-green florid stains. The human world of stones is caught in organic metaphors like flies in amber. Words came from flesh and hair and plants. Reniform, mammilated, botryoidal, dendrite, haematite. Carnelian is from carnal, from flesh. Serpentine and lizardite are stone reptiles ; phyllite is leafy-green.

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