“The return to nature is an abandonment not of the benefits but of the evils of the civilised state, a reversion not to the vices but to the virtues of wild natural life”.
Henry S. Salt, Richard Jefferies: His Life and His Ideals
“The Virgin Mary was permitted to exist as a kind of bowdlerized version of Isis, resolutely unacquainted with the biological, emotional and spiritual imperatives of real women, a makeshift goddess created by misogynists for misogynists. But it was unlikely that the sexless Virgin Mary would have taken over from Isis without some kind of backlash from her followers. How could the good, but essentially colourless, mother of Jesus fully take the place of the well-rounded Isis – not only Virgin, Mother and Crone, but also sexual iniatrix and controller of men’s destinies? Could it be that the cult of Mary Magdalene, like that of the Black Madonna that is so despised by the Church, actually hides a much older and more complete idea of womanhood?”
Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince, The Templar Revelation
“In church they took off their hats and knelt down, just as they uncovered their heads and knelt before their social superiors. God was ‘the great landlord’, as some preachers called him; or he was the authoritarian father whose attributes were those of the fathers men themselves knew. His ordinances were those of society itself”.
Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic
“To maintain that anarchism is only a theory of classes is to limit it to a single viewpoint. Anarchism is more complex and pluralistic, like life itself. Its class element is above all its means of fighting for liberation; its humanitarian character is its ethical aspect, the foundation of society; its individualism is the goal of mankind”.
Voline and other Russian anarchists
“In a word, we reject all legislation – privileged, licensed, official and legal – and all authority, and influence, even though they may emanate from universal suffrage, for we are convinced that it can turn only to the advantage of a dominant minority of exploiters against the interests of the vast majority in subjection to them. It is in this sense that we are really Anarchists”.
Michael (Mikael) Bakunin, The Knouto-Germanic Empire and the Social Revolution