“Many people consider the things government does for them to be social progress but they regard the things government does for others as socialism.” —Chief Justice Earl Warren, addressing the National Press Club in the Dstrict of Columbia, as quoted in Freedom and Union.
“I just think people need to make a living wage with health benefits… It also puts more money back into the economy and creates a healthier country. It’s really that simple.” —Costco CEO Craig Jelinek on why he treats his workers well.
“I’m very disappointed in my teenage son’s words, and I sincerely apologize for the insensitivity. This language is unacceptable, anywhere. Needless to say, I’ve already spoken with him about this, he has apologized, and I apologize as well.” —Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, responding to media reports that his son used homophobic, anti-Semitic language on Twitter and a racist screen name on a social gaming site.
“When the history of our time comes to be written, people will marvel at the way that billions of people were seduced into the kind of one-sided agreements they have struck with outfits such as Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple.” —To the internet giants, you’re not a customer. You’re just another user (John Naughton, The Guardian)
“Everyone everywhere now understands how bad things have gotten — and they’re talking about it. They have the power to decide for themselves whether they are willing to sacrifice their privacy to the surveillance state.” —Twenty-nine year old Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who has unmasked himself as the individual who leaked crucial information about the NSA’s surveillance programs.