“Never be deceived that the rich will allow you to vote away their wealth.”

Lucy Parsons, Lucy Parsons: Freedom, Equality & Solidarity – Writings & Speeches, 1878-1937

La justice n’entre en ligne de compte dans le raisonnement des hommes que si les forces sont égales de part et d’autre ; dans le cas contraire, les forts exercent leur pouvoir et les faibles doivent leur céder.

Thucydide – Histoire de la guerre du Péloponnèse

Dialogue mélien : https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialogue_m%C3%A9lien

Never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

John Donne (1572-1631)

The meaning of ‘never send to know for whom the bell tolls’ is fairly straightforward. We should feel a sense of belonging to the whole of the human race, and should feel a sense of loss at every death, because it has taken something away from mankind. The other famous phrase from this Meditation that has entered common usage is ‘no man is an island’, because no individual can subsist alone. We need not only social company and companionship, but also an awareness of how we all have a share in the world: we are all part of the human race and the suffering and passing of another human being should affect us, not least because it is a regular reminder that one day, it will be us for whom the funeral bell is tolling.

The funeral bell that tolls for another person’s death, then, also tolls for us, in a sense, because it marks the death of a part of us, but also because it is a memento mori, a reminder that we ourselves will die one day. Ernest Hemingway’s great novel about the Spanish Civil War was named For Whom the Bell Tolls after Donne’s line, not just because death pervades the protagonist Robert Jordan’s thoughts but because Spain’s fate will affect everyone. George Orwell, whose political writing was changed forever as a result of fighting in the Spanish Civil War, would doubtless agree.

src: https://interestingliterature.com/2021/08/never-send-for-whom-the-bell-tolls-it-tolls-for-thee-meaning-analysis/

La forme c’est le fond qui remonte à la surface.

Victor Hugo

Vladimir Poutine et la guerre en Ukraine

Notre invité est Jacques Baud, ancien colonel d’État Major général, ex-membre du Renseignement stratégique suisse, spécialiste des pays de l’Est. Formé dans les services de renseignement américain et britannique, Jacques Baud a été chef de la doctrine des opérations de la paix des Nations unies. Il a été engagé dans des discussions avec les plus hauts responsables militaires et du renseignement russes, juste après la chute de l’URSS. Et au sein de l’Otan, a suivi la crise ukrainienne de 2014, puis a participé à des programmes d’assistance à l’Ukraine. « Poutine, maître du jeu ? », éditions Max Milo.

https://www.rfi.fr/fr/podcasts/g%C3%A9opolitique-le-d%C3%A9bat/20220415-vladimir-poutine-et-la-guerre-en-ukraine

Les vidéos d’Henri Guillemin

If the rule you followed brought you to this, of what use was the rule ?

Anton Chigurh – No Country For Old Men