“The modern world’s cherished ideas of liberty, equality and prosperity are more popular than ever before. The problem is that it is difficult for the vast majority of the human population to realise them.” Pankaj Mishra appearing on yesterday’s Newsnight programme.
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“And one way to fight back is through Open Source. To make sure that the systems we use are trustworthy and can be verified and can be veryfied by anybody [sic]. Relying on Open Source to bring us privacy and trustworthy security is a crucial point for our future on the Internet. The Utopia is gone, it’s not coming back. But we can do what we can to maintain as much trust on the Internet as possible. And openess is key to trust. Without openess there is no trust—without trust there is no democracy.”
“Sie wollen eine Wahl gewinnen? Ihnen laufen die Wähler weg? Sie haben inhaltlich nicht so viel auf der Pfanne? Und eigentlich läuft gar nichts bei Ihnen? Dann haben wir das Richtige für Sie!”
“We might not achieve that today, but at the very least we have to call upon our politicians and our media to drop the language of fear and be far more tolerant of one another.”
“However complex politically, economically, scientifically the question of the environment is, it simply boils down to a question of altruism versus selfishness.”