For most issues of Left Curve we select a quote to print on the back cover with the intention of provoking critical reflection about our lives and the world.

"The new society and the new human will only become reality when the old motivations—profit and power—are replaced by new ones: being, sharing, understanding; when the market character is dissolved by the productive character capable of love and a new radical humanist spirit takes the place of cybernetic religion."—Erich Fromm (Left Curve no. 36)


"The spark which constitutes our conscious life must bridge the gap of the contradiction [between inward and outward] and leap one pole to the other, so that for one moment we can see the world as if revealed in a flash of lightning." -- Franz Kafka (Left Curve no. 35)


".Ever since the corporations specializing in 'imagineering' ...took control of the desiring field, violence and ignorance have been unleashed, digging the immaterial trenches of techo-slavery and mass conformism." --Franco "Bifo" Berardi
(Left Curve no. 34)


“...what is imposed on us as a task, even as a philosophical obligation, is to help a new mode of existence of the hypothesis
[of communism] to deploy itself.” —
Alain Badiou

If there were no wants the world would be tranquil of its own accord.
—Dao De Jing (Left Curve no. 33)


"Better a mended sock then a torn one, not so with self-consciousness." - Hegel (Left Curve no. 32)


“We have to organize a new trend in politics beyond the law of places and the centralization of power… a form of action where the political existence of everybody is not separated from its being, a point where we exist in so intense a fashion that we forget our internal division. Doing so we become a new subject. Not an individual, but a part of a new subject.”Alain Badiou (Left Curve no. 31)


"...until a completely new politics--that is, a politics no longer founded on the exceptio of bare life--is at hand, every theory and praxis will remain imprisoned and immobile, and the 'beautiful day' of life will be given citizenship only either through blood and death or in the perfect senselessness to which the society of the spectacle condemns it." -- Giorgio Agamben (Left Curve no. 30)


"The only dream worth having... is to dream that you will live while you're alive and die only when you're dead... which means exactly what?'... To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget."-- Arundhati Roy (Left Curve no. 29)


"We need to (re)build a new symbolic awareness that emanates from the intricate, never quite known, vital movement of reality itself as embodied in the daily pain and joys of people everywhere: A construction arising from points of singularities that haven't been absorbed and annihilated by the cyborg global market of pure exchange: people, groups, cultures that continue to draw nourishment from humanities' historical quest for universal harmony, something that may eventually replace the ruling suicidal death-machine." -- from "Notes on Art and Resistance to Global Power" -- author unknown, though we could just as easily have written it ourselves. (Left Curve no. 28)


"The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling - their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." - Arundhati Roy (Left Curve no. 27)

"We have to resist the new hierarchies which will be imposed, we have to explode them. But is there really still the possibility of struggling in a world made like this, or would it not perhaps be worth deserting, in every sense? Desert with knowledge, desert in the army, desert in intellectual labor-power. That is what should be our starting point. Friends of mine are saying: 'against the art of war, the art of desertion.'" - Antonio Negri (Left Curve no. 26)


"... because (the dominant culture) is a culture without meaning, just made of codes, it is extremely versatile, and can include anything, literally anything, and transform it into a bit of the hypertext, thus ultimately changing the meaning once it is incorporated into the new semantic system. This is why cultural autonomy is so difficult, except by breaking the mirror and escaping from the hypertext. But the price to pay is either marginality, or the long march to reconstruct general meaning from individual experience." - Manual Castells (Left Curve no. 24)


"We are engaged in the struggle of memory against oblivion; the market buys up our past and our present and runs it through the shredder to make way for municipal parking, industrial parks, commercial space." - Subcommandante Marcos (Left Curve no. 23)


"We live in a technological society that creates many illusions of reality... it's the most irresponsible behaving entity that ever lived on this planet. This civilization is not about responsibility, it's about guilt, sin, blame and aggressive bad behavior. That is that shadow world... The real world is about fulfilling our responsibility to life." - John Trudell (Left Curve no. 22)


"...The system's mythology requires only the not-yet-ready, the virtual, the next purchase. This produces in the spectator, not, as claimed a sense of freedom (the so-called freedom of choice) but a profound isolation. - John Berger ((Left Curve no. 21)


"Spiritual servitude consists in confusing the necessary with the good." - Simone Weil(Left Curve no. 20)


"Infinite responsibility, therefore, no rest allowed for any form of good conscience." - Derrida(Left Curve no. 19)


"That the world is out of joint is shown everywhere in the fact that however a problem is solved, the solution is false." - Adorno(Left Curve no. 18)

"...No pain has been or shall be able to tempt me into giving false testimony about life as I recognize it." - Nietzsche(Left Curve no. 17)

"Human history is simply the history of the servitude which makes men - oppressors and oppressed alike - the plaything of the instruments of domination they themselves have manufactured, and thus reduces living humanity to being the chattel of inanimate chattels." - Simone Weil(Left Curve no. 16)

"My practicality consists in this, in the knowledge that if you beat your head against the wall it is your head which breaks and not the wall... that is my strength, my only strength." -- Antonio Gramsci ((Left Curve no. 15)


"If the subject were liquidated rather than sublated into a higher form, the effect would be regression--not just of consciousness, but a regression to real barbarism."--Adorno (Left Curve no. 14)

"Thus is order insured: some have to play the game because they cannot otherwise live, and those who could live otherwise are kept out because they do not want to play the game." -- Adorno(Left Curve no. 13)


"...Total socialization objectively hatches its opposite, and there is no telling yet whether it will be a disaster or a liberation." - Adorno (Left Curve no. 12)

"...Only if I expected truth can I suffer lies as evil... only the dead know no evil and pain." - Hegel (Left Curve no. 11)


"The only relation to art that can be sanctioned in a reality that stands under the constant threat of catastrophe is one that trats works of art with the same deadly seriousness that characterizes the world today." -- Adorno (Left Curve no. 10)


"If enlightened self-interest is the principle of all morality, it is necessary for the private interest of each man to coincide with the general interest of humanity." --Karl Marx, 1845, The Holy Family (Left Curve no. 9)

"Personal fulfillment can only be possible if the highest commands of the species are accepted as the duty of the individual." - Lukács (Left Curve no. 8)

"It is solely by risking life that freedom is gained." - Hegel (Left Curve no. 6)

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