A cop is a cop. And you know, he may be a very nice man but I haven’t got time to figure that out. All I know is that he got a uniform and a gun, I have to relate to him that way. That’s the only way for me to relate to him, at all, because one of us may have to die.

You know in New York there’s a big campaign going on to humanize the policemen and they have billboards upstate and they a picture of a big cop bending over this little blonde girl and the sign said “some people call him pig”. I wanted to buy a billboard, I told a friend of mine, I wanted to buy a billboard and show this big cop and this fourteen-year-old kid with thirty bullets in him and say “some people call him peacemaker”.

James Baldwin & Nikki Giovanni

Same-sex marriage is not gay privilege, it’s equal rights. Privilege would be something like gay people not paying taxes, like churches don’t.

The “capitalism <-> socialism” opposition seems outdated. I prefer to think in terms of “centralization vs decentralization”. Humans have evolved to perform best in small groups of less than 150 people. That’s why wherever there’s centralization and excessive hierarchy, there’s inefficiency and underutilized human potential. Capitalist monopolies and socialist dictatorships are equally bad.

In a natural environment, every small community is able to produce an outstanding leader and an independent thinker. In today’s world of trillion-dollar monopolies and bloated governments, the potential of hundreds of millions of people is suppressed by the limitations imposed by our artificial societal structures.

That is the reason why tens of thousands of people working at big corporations such as Facebook have failed to keep up with what our small team at Telegram has been implementing. That’s also the reason why countries like Russia fail to generate and retain global brands in their jurisdictions. Genuine creativity is rare in organizations and societies built on excessive hierarchies and lack of personal autonomy.

Pavel Durov

Wealth of Jeff Bezos in 2009: $6.8 billion
Wealth of Jeff Bezos in 2020: $184 billion

Wealth of Mark Zuckerberg in 2009: $2 billion
Wealth of Mark Zuckerberg in 2020: $103 billion

U.S. Minimum Wage from 2009-2020: $7.25

We need an economy that works for all of us, not the 1%.

Bernie Sanders

There’s this really false idea that if you care about makeup or if your interests are in beauty and fashion, that that’s somehow frivolous. But I actually think these are some of the most substantive decisions that we make—and we make them every morning.

I believe having a daughter does not make a man decent, Having a wife does not make a decent man. Treating people with dignity and respect makes a decent man.

Our culture is so predicated on diminishing women and kind of preying on our self-esteem, so it’s quite a radical act, it’s almost like a mini-protest, to love yourself in a society that’s trying to tell you you’re not the right weight, you’re not the right color, you’re not the right whatever it is, When you stand up and you say you know what you don’t get to make that decision. I make that decision. It’s very powerful.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

If someone says to you it’s raining outside and someone else says to you it’s not raining outside, your job is not to say “person A says it’s raining, person B says it’s not raining.” Your job is to open the fucking window and find out if it’s raining outside.

Mehdi Hasan