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Bill Moyers

Data di nascita: 5. Giugno 1934

Bill Moyers è giornalista.

„La promessa dell'America non esclude nessuno.“

„Questo matrimonio tra denaro e politica ha prodotto un'America di palesi disuguaglianze al vertice e di bassa mobilità sociale alla base... Milioni di americani si sono svegliati davanti a una realtà che fa riflettere: Essi vivono in una plutocrazia, dove sono come degli usa e getta. In un'epoca precedente, il rimedio era una rivolta popolare che accendesse la scintilla della democrazia.“

„Esistono giornalisti onesti come politici onesti: una volta che si sono lasciati comperare, restano comperati.“

„Freedom begins the moment you realize someone else has been writing your story and it's time you took the pen from his hand and started writing it yourself.“

„Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.“

„In marriage, everyday you love, and everyday you forgive. It is an ongoing sacrament, love and forgiveness“

„America's corporate and political elites
now form a regime of their own and
they're privatizing democracy. All the
benefits - the tax cuts, policies and
rewards flow in one direction: up.“

„Constitutional democracy, you see, is no romantic notion. It's our defense against ourselves, the one foe who might defeat us.“

„News is what people want to keep hidden and everything else is publicity.“

„Sharing is the essence of teaching. It is, I have come to believe, the essence of civilization... Without it, the imagination is but the echo of the self, trapped in a soundproof chamber, reverberating upon itself until it is spent in exhaustion or futility“

„The question, then, is not about changing people; it's about reaching people. I'm not speaking simply of better information, a sharper and clearer factual presentation to disperse the thick fogs generated by today's spin machines. Of course, we always need stronger empirical arguments to back up our case. It would certainly help if at least as many people who believe, say, in a "literal devil" or that God sent George W. Bush to the White House also knew that the top 1 percent of households now have more wealth than the bottom 90 percent combined. Yes, people need more information than they get from the media conglomerates with their obsession for nonsense, violence and pap. And we need, as we keep hearing, "new ideas." But we are at an extraordinary moment. The conservative movement stands intellectually and morally bankrupt while Democrats talk about a "new direction" without convincing us they know the difference between a weather vane and a compass. The right story will set our course for a generation to come.“

„Conservatism is less a set of ideas than it is a pathological distemper, a militant anger over the fact that the universe is not closed and life is not static.“

„Civilization is but a thin veneer stretched across the passions of the human heart. And civilization doesn't just happen; we have to make it happen.“

„Democracy belongs to those who exercise it.“

„When a library is open, no matter its size or shape, democracy is open, too.“

„Why are record numbers of Americans on food stamps? Because record numbers of Americans are in poverty. Why are people falling through the cracks? Because there are cracks to fall through.“

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