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No False Gods: A Flip Filipino Pinoy's effort to promote individual liberty (and expose some of history's nastiest tyrants)

Comrades!... Hang (hang without fail, so that people will see) no fewer than one hundred known kulaks, rich men, bloodsuckers... Do it in such a way that... for hundreds of versts around, the people will see, tremble, know, shout: "They are strangling and will strangle to death the bloodsucker kulaks"... Yours, Lenin

Party officials, with the aid of regular troops and secret police units, waged a merciless war of attrition against peasants who refused to give up their grain. Even indispensable seed grain was forcibly confiscated from peasant households. "Before they died, people often lost their senses and ceased to be human beings." It showed the peasants "who is the master here."

The leader of the National Socialist Workers' Party was mass man incarnate, and he therefore was able to call for a mass state; a state in which individualism would no longer be possible, because everybody would need to dedicate themselves to the goals of the community rather than to their own selfish interests.

Workers Unite! People Power breaks the back of Communism.

Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago (for which the author was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1958)

The peasant boy's government-funded education in Paris turned him into a Maoist whose first act in power was to launch a bloody purge of all educated Cambodians.
(The Khmer Rouge through the eyes of academia: rosy, Rosy, ROSY!)

Since his youth, Kim Jong Il admired Adolf Hitler for his ability to totally control his people: "I was watched in my office and at home, in the kitchen, the bathroom, the garden; there were bugs and video cameras everywhere." --Hwang Jang Yop, North Korea's principal Communist ideologue

"The Commanding Heights" --Vladimir Lenin

"I was raised by an anarchist and a bohemian. I grew up on brown rice, soy sauce and a steady diet of tax-the-rich and feed-the-poor. I was dragged to parties where small talk leaned more toward ending the era of oppression than the pros and cons of variable interest rates." --Heather Chaplin
(Achieving prosperity in spite of the Left)

Envy -- the most destructive passion -- the one that James Madison thought destroyed republics. It's forbidden seven times in Deuteronomy. In the Ten Commandments: "Thou shalt not covet this, thou shalt not covet that." In other words, it's a perpetual passion of human beings to bring down others to their own level, to take what others have... it was reinforced by socialism, a kind of philosophy of envy.

Marxist-Leninist Maoists For Capitalism (!)

The End is Near!! (Really?)
A New Ideology: Environmentalism
(Same characters, different color: $$$!)

How Immigrants Fare in U.S. Education
(RAND Research Report)

The Immigrant Experience: "If one [studies and] works assiduously, and lies low long enough, even underdogs will have their day."
--Dr. David Ho (TIME magazine's Man of the Year)

Robert Gapasin: Smart Filipino
Sound advice -- especially if you're a teen.
So you did it last night, and now you're worried...
Safe! (if taken within 3 days), it's the nation's best-kept secret.

"He was saying everything I wanted to hear. I mean, to have children and get married and that wed make this great team together... Im a living and dying example that you can be infected in one exposure."
--LaGena Lookabill Greene

When nearly 300 Filipino boys and girls from the San Diego area were asked which person they most admired, their response surprised counselors... (Sadly, unlike their college-educated immigrant parents, many [kEwL] Pinoy Gen-Xers end up with no degree.)

I probably succeeded because my [educated] teachers were more important than my school friends... Peer pressure when you're young can often just lead to very conventional [kEwL] behavior. I never really paid any attention to peer pressure... I think this concept of trying to be popular is very dangerous...all these social things. When you finally see it, it's pretty ugly. --James D. Watson, Ph.D.
(Co-discoverer of the DNA molecule and winner [with Francis Crick] of the Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine in 1962)

Social "Science" and the Humanities: Sweet Promises and False Hopes
Go for the hard stuff: Natural Science, Math, Engineering -- plus Economics! And as an avocation, read the great thinkers none of whom are demagogues.

Americans overwhelmingly oppose racial preferences. Only radicals (in the ethnic "studies" department usually) keep pushing it... ( Something Asians don't need.)

Interview: University of California Regent Ward Connerly

"One aspect of academic life which no one is inclined to discuss openly is the quiet intimidation of dissenters... Very few academics wish to offend both the senior administrators who govern their careers and budgets, and the well organized affirmative action pressure groups who are not slow to stereotype faculty members as racists..."
--Prof. Martin Trow, U.C. Berkeley

Glenn C. Loury: "The old civil rights activism sought to persuade;
the new activism seeks to extort."

Making kids memorize words instead of teaching them the phonetic sounds of the alphabet... Result: illiteracy -- which keeps them out of college and unemployed!
The teacher certification test (that bamboozled applicants in California)

"I taught for 20 years at a state school and I saw 60 percent of our students come in failing the English equivalency exam."--Shelby Steele

Axiom: it is wrong to discriminate against people based on the color of their skin. Fact: Affirmative Action does just that preferring certain people over certain other people based on the color of their skin.

This is the tragedy of victimization [as an ideology]: "If my benefits come to me primarily as a black and not as an American, then the effect over time is to undermine common society -- the common culture and democracy of America. I as a black don't identify with America -- America is my enemy. (Exactly the militant Left's agenda!) This kind of thinking causes me not to move into the American mainstream. Which correspondingly causes me to fall farther and farther behind."

The New Racism: Diversity and Multiculturalism
Advocates of diversity [have never] ever quite explained why an individual's race is a valid proxy for his or her views on any matter of intellectual or educational relevance.

The Fruits of Capitalism: Best(?)-quality education, going cheap -- The Economist (Dec. 5th-11th 1998) Students are admitted into the Ivy League based solely on merit -- regardless of ability to pay -- and with a guarantee of all the aid they need to attend. After a long bull market, the universities have loads of money to spend. Harvard sent a letter to all newly admitted students saying: We expect that some of our students will have particularly attractive offers from other institutions with new [more lucrative financial] aid programmes, those students should not assume that we will not respond.

When one begins to tally up the millions of men and women, the best and the brightest of their day, who were killed or forced out of the country, then one begins to realize how much moral and intellectual capacity we lost. -- Lev Razgon ( Russian writer and gulag survivor)

Dogma? (Only for the birds...)

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
--Bertrand Russell

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism --
how passionately I hate them!
--Albert Einstein

In Dr. Johnson's famous dictionary, "patriotism" is defined as the last resort of the scoundrel. With all due respect for an enlightened but inferior lexicographer, I beg to submit that it is the first.
--Ambrose Bierce

What luck for the rulers that men do not think.
--Adolf Hitler

When great changes occur in history,
when great principles are involved,
as a rule the majority are wrong.
--Eugene V. Debs

We shall now proceed to construct the socialist order.
--Vladimir Lenin (Opening words to congress; Oct. 26, 1917)

It is excellent to have a giant's strength;
but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.
--William Shakespeare (Measure for measure)

Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe,
but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.
--H. L. Mencken

To die for an idea is to set a rather high price upon conjecture.
--Anatole France

If you would be a seeker after truth, it is necessary that at
least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
--Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

Martyrdom has always been a proof of the intensity,
never of the correctness of a belief.
--Arthur Schnitzler

My political ideal is democracy. Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idealized.
--Albert Einstein

Democracy is the opposite of totalitarianism, communism, fascism, or
mobocracy... Toleration and liberty are the foundations of a great republic.
--Frank Lloyd Wright

Liberty, not communism, is the most contagious force in the world.
--Justice Earl Warren

An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted.
--Arthur Miller

Politics is a pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perpetually rejuvenated illusions.
--Albert Einstein

The most costly of all follies is to believe
passionately in the palpably not true.
--H. L. Mencken

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions --
it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
--Irving Kristol

It is the mark of the cultured man that he is aware of the fact
that equality is an ethical and not a biological principle.
--Ashley Montagu

Equality of opportunity is an equal opportunity
to prove unequal talents.
--Sir Herbert Samuel

In the midst of all the exactions of government, capital has been silently and gradually accumulated by the private frugality and good conduct of individuals, by their universal, continual, and uninterrupted effort to better their own condition. It is this effort, protected by law and allowed by liberty to exert itself in the manner that is most advantageous, which has maintained the progress...towards opulence.
--Adam Smith (The Wealth of Nations)

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings;
the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
--Sir Winston Churchill

The people never give up their liberties,
but under some delusion.
--Edmund Burke

Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population -- the intelligent ones or the fools? I think we can agree it's the fools, no matter where you go in this world, it's the fools that form the overwhelming majority.
--Henrik Ibsen

The theoretical broadening which comes from having many humanities subjects on the campus is offset by the general dopiness of the people who study these things.
--Richard Feynman

In a democracy everybody has a right to be represented,
including the jerks.
--Hong Kong Governor Chris Patten

I am not young enough to know everything.
--Oscar Wilde

Strictly speaking, you only know when you know little.
Doubt grows with knowledge.
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

Every man has a right to his opinion,
but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
--Bernard M. Baruch

A little learning is not a dangerous thing
to one who does not mistake it for a great deal.
--William Allen White

The notion of primitive man possessing some inner peace which
we civilized people have somehow lost, and need to regain, is a
lot of nonsense. Your average New Guinea native lives not only
in fear of his enemies, but in terror-struck dread of the unknown.
--Gordon Linsley

If you see in any given situation only what everybody else can see,
you can be said to be so much a representative of your culture
that you are a victim of it.
--S. I. Hayakawa

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
--Albert Einstein

The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred.
--George Bancroft (1800-1891)

It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
--William G. McAdoo

Prejudgements become prejudices only if they
are not reversible when exposed to new knowledge.
--Gordon W. Allport

The power of accurate observation
is commonly called cynicism
by those who have not got it.
--George Bernard Shaw

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

If you never change your mind, why have one?
--Edward De Bono

The things taught in schools and colleges are
not an education, but the means of education.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Few are those who see with their own eyes
and feel with their own hearts.
--Albert Einstein

Some see private enterprise as a predatory target to be shot,
others as a cow to be milked, but few are those who see it
as a sturdy horse pulling the wagon.
--Sir Winston Churchill

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
--Albert Einstein

Nature's laws affirm instead of prohibit. If you violate her laws
you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.
--Luther Burbank

'Tain't what a man don't know that hurts him;
it's what he knows that just ain't so!
--Frank McKinney Hubbard ("Kin Hubbard")

There is much to be said in favor of modern journalism.
By giving the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps
us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
--Oscar Wilde

College isn't the place to go for ideas.
--Helen Keller

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment
by men of zeal -- well-meaning but without understanding.
--Justice Louis D. Brandeis

A great deal of intelligence can be invested
in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
--Saul Bellow

The best test of truth is the power of the thought
to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.
--Oliver Wendel Holmes Jr

The whole point of free expression
is not to make ideas exempt from criticism
but to expose them to it.
--Garry Wills

Marxism: a failed philosophy
whose creed is ignorance
and whose gospel is envy.
--A Student of History

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable.
--James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
--Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Among all forms of mistake,
prophecy is the most gratuitous.
--George Eliot

The bourgeoisie, during its rule of scarce one hundred years,
has created more massive and more colossal productive forces
than have all preceding generations together.
--The Communist Manifesto

Money is the symbol of duty, it is the sacrament
of having done for mankind that which mankind wanted.
--Samuel Butler

It is not the employer who pays wages--
he only handles the money.
It is the product that pays wages.
--Henry Ford

The worst crime against working people
is a company which fails to operate at a profit.
--Samuel Gompers

If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another, and science will do for them all they wish
and more than they can dream.
--Sir Winston Churchill

The growth of a large business is merely the survival of the fittest.
--John D. Rockefeller

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments;
there are only consequences.
--Robert B. Ingersoll (1833-1899)

It is the highest impertinence and presumption, in kings and ministers, to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense... They [the government] are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. Let them look well after their own expense, and they may safely trust private people with theirs. If their own extravagance does not ruin the state, that of their subjects never will.
--Adam Smith (The Wealth of Nations)

The growth of wealth will recruit for the upper classes precisely those from the lower classes who have the edge in native ability.
Whatever else this accomplishes, it will also increase the IQ gap
between the upper and lower classes, making the social ladder even steeper for those left at the bottom.
--Richard Herrnstein

Wise men learn more from fools than fools from wise men.
--Marcus Porcius Cato (234-149 B.C.)

Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things.
--Adam Smith

Faith is one of those words that connotes,
however irrationally, some kind of virtue in itself.
--Louis J. Halle

Christians hold that their faith does good, but other faiths do harm...
What I wish to maintain is that all faiths do harm.
We may define faith as a firm belief in something for which there is no evidence.
When there is evidence, no one speaks of faith.
We do not speak of faith that two and two are four or that the earth is round.
We only speak of faith when we wish to substitute emotion for evidence.
--Bertrand Russell

Faith, n. Belief without evidence in what is told by one
who speaks, without knowledge, of things without parallel.
--Ambrose Bierce

It ain't those parts of the bible that I can't understand
that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.
--Mark Twain

Question with boldness even the existence of God; because,
if there be one, he must approve of the homage of reason
than that of blindfolded fear.
--Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Religion: A daughter of Hope and Fear,
explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
--Ambrose Bierce

Religion is all bunk.
--Thomas Alva Edison

Science has done more for the development of western civilization
in one hundred years than Christianity did in eighteen hundred years.
--John Burroughs

When people learn no tools of judgment and merely follow their hopes,
the seeds of political manipulation are sown.
--Stephen Jay Gould

Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
--Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

It is conceivable that religion may be morally
useful without being intellectually sustainable.
--John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

A faith that cannot survive collision
with the truth is not worth many regrets.
--Arthur C. Clarke

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the
point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
--George Bernard Shaw

The inspiration of the Bible depends upon
the ignorance of the gentleman who reads it.
--Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-1899)

SIN: Self-Inflicted Nonsense
--Eric Butterworth

My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation
and the human origin of the scriptures have become clearer and stronger
with advancing years and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them.
--Abraham Lincoln (to Judge J.S. Wakefield, after his son Willie Lincoln died)

It is surely harmful to souls to make it heresy to believe what is proved.
--Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

By identifying the new learning with heresy,
you [the Church] make orthodoxy synonymous with ignorance.
--Desiderius Erasmus (1465-1536)

There can be no doubt that the bible...became a stumbling
block in the path of progress, scientific, social and even moral.
It was quoted against Copernicus as it was against Darwin.
--Preserved Smith

A miracle: an event described
by those to whom it was told
by men who did not see it.
--Elbert Hubbard

One of the proofs of the immortality of the soul is that
myriads have believed it--they also believed the world was flat.
--Mark Twain

Agnosticism simply means that a man shall not say he knows or
believes that for which he has no grounds for professing to believe.
--Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895)

And science, we should insist, better than any other discipline,
can hold up to its students and followers an ideal of patient devotion
to the search for objective truth, with vision unclouded by personal
or political motive.
--Sir Henry Hallet Dalt

Truth in science can be defined as the working hypothesis
best suited to open the way to the next better one.
--Konrad Lorenz

The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us;
and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.
--Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

One unerring mark of the love of truth is not
entertaining any proposition with greater assurance
than the proofs it is built upon will warrant.
--John Locke (1632-1704)

Only fraud and falsehood dread examination. Truth invites it.
--Thomas Cooper (1759-1839)

Whatever is only almost true is quite false,
and among the most dangerous of errors,
because being so near truth,
it is the more likely to lead astray.
--Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round,
for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith
in a shadow than in the church.
--Ferdinand Magellan

Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows.
--Robert G. Ingersoll

The dogma of the infallibility of the bible is no more
self-evident than is that of the infallibility of the popes.
--Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895)

Never did Christ utter a single word attesting to
a personal resurrection and a life beyond the grave.
--Count Leo Tolstoy

In spite of all the yearnings of men,
no one can produce a single fact or reason
to support the belief in God and in personal immortality.
--Clarence Darrow

Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body,
although feeble souls harbor such thoughts
through fear or ridiculous egotism.
--Albert Einstein

I think the notion that we are all a part of the bosom of Abraham,
or are in God's loving embrace is... Look, it's a tough life...
If you can delude yourself into thinking that there's some warm and fuzzy
meaning to it all, that's enormously comforting...
But I do think it's just a story we tell ourselves.
--Stephen Jay Gould

The chief object of education is not to learn things but to unlearn things.
--G. K. Chesterton

Society attacks early when the individual is helpless.
--B. F. Skinner

One part of knowledge consists in being ignorant
of such things as are not worthy to be known.
--Crates (4th century B.C.)

Superstition is a religion of feeble minds.
--Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

I have never met a man so ignorant
that I couldn't learn something from him.
--Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

Wisdom is meaningless until our own experience has given it meaning...
and there is wisdom in the selection of wisdom.
--Bergen Evans

The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles,
but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one.
--David Hume (1711-1776)

The First Crusade...set off on its two-thousand mile jaunt by massacring Jews,
plundering and slaughtering all the way from the Rhine to the Jordan.
"In the temple of Solomon," wrote the ecstatic cleric, Raimundus de Agiles,
"one rode in blood up to the knees and even to the horses' bridles,
by the just and marvelous Judgement of God!"
--Herbert J. Muller

Metaphysics is almost always an attempt to prove
the incredible by an appeal to the unintelligible.
--H. L. Mencken

I consider Christian theology to be one of the great disasters of the human race...
it would be impossible to imagine anything more un-Christlike than theology.
Christ probably couldn't have understood it.
--Alfred North Whitehead

We should always be disposed to believe that that which appears white
is really black, if the hierarchy of the Church so decides.
--St. Ignatius of Loyola (Exercitia spiritualia)

The finding of arguments for a conclusion given
in advance is not philosophy, but special pleading.
--Bertrand Russell

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature... Study nature,
love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
--Frank Lloyd Wright

Christian theology is not only opposed to the scientific spirit;
it is opposed to every other form of rational thinking.
--H. L. Mencken

It can do truth no service to blink the fact...
that a large portion of the noblest and most valuable teaching
has been the work, not only of men who did not know,
but of men who knew and rejected, the Christian faith.
--John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

For Shakespeare,
in the matter of religion,
the choice lay between
Christianity and nothing.
He chose nothing.
--George Santayana

An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have
heard only one side of the case. God has written all the books.
--Samuel Butler

Satan hasn't a single salaried helper;
the Opposition employs a million.
--Mark Twain

People are not afraid of death per se,
but of the incompleteness of their lives.
--Lisl Marburg Goodman

It was previously a question of finding out whether or not
life had to have a meaning to be lived. It now becomes clear,
to the contrary, that it will be lived all the better if it has no meaning.
--Albert Camus

As I grow to understand life less and less,
I learn to live it more and more.
--Jules Renard

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.
--Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet) (1694-1778)

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.
--Socrates (470?-399 B.C.)

This web page is dedicated to all those who have discussed, debated, and helped refine my beliefs. Especially to those great thinkers, past and present, who refused to be cowed by the prevailing social prejudices of their time. Many thanks too, to Ateneo de Manila University, Philippine Science High School, the University of the Philippines, the National Computer Institute, the Ayn Rand Institute, the Skeptics Society, Caltech, and the Council for Secular Humanism.
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