“When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.” — Richard Nixon

“There’s absolutely no evidence to support the statement that [America is] the greatest country in the world. We’re 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, number 4 in labor force and number 4 in exports.

“As I look at America today, I am not afraid to say that I am afraid.” — Bertram Gross, Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America

“I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died.”
—Don McLean, American Pie (1971)

“As more and more data flows from your body and brain to the smart machines via the biometric sensors, it will become easy for corporations and government agencies to know you, manipulate you, and make decisions on your behalf. Even more importantly, they could decipher the deep mechanisms of all bodies and brains, and thereby gain the power to engineer life.