Words From I.F. Stone

I.F. Stone, opinionated investigative journalist and author of a terrific book, The Trial of Socrates, is represented by some piquant quotations on the site, brainyquote; among them are these:

All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.

[Keep it simple.]

If God, as some now say, is dead, He no doubt died of trying to find an equitable solution to the Arab-Jewish problem.

[“Equitable,” in addition to “God,” being the operable word.]

Rich people march on Washington every day.

[It could be argued that lobbyists fly into, cruise into, and stroll around Washington, but the point obtains.]

The difference between burlesque and the newspapers is that the former never pretended to be performing a public service by exposure.

[Even more applicable to the rise of cable “news”?]

The only thing God didn’t do to Job was give him a computer.

[I’m thinking Izzy may have preferred a Remington or an Olivetti.]


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