At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice.
GORE VIDAL, "Sex and the Law," Homage to Daniel Shays
In a nation that has developed to a high art advertising, the creator who refuses to advertise himself is immediately suspected of having no product worth selling.
Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.
GORE VIDAL, Sunday Times Magazine, Sep. 16, 1973
Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
GORE VIDAL, Screening History
As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.
GORE VIDAL, Imperial America: Reflections on the United States of Amnesia
Always beware of the fact, that the only thing hindering an all out revolution is your fear of losing the scraps they throw at you.
GORE VIDAL, Twitter post, July 29, 2012
A curious condition of a republic based roughly on the original Roman model is that it cannot allow true political parties to share in government. What then is a true political party: one that is based firmly in the interest of a class be it workers or fox hunters. Officially we have two parties which are in fact wings of a common party of property with two right wings. Corporate wealth finances each. Since the property party controls every aspect of media they have had decades to create a false reality for a citizenry largely uneducated by public schools that teach conformity with an occasional advanced degree in consumerism.
GORE VIDAL, The United States of Amnesia
The great unmentionable evil at the center of our culture is monotheism. From a barbaric Bronze Age text known as the Old Testament, three anti-human religions have evolved -- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These are sky-god religions. They are, literally, patriarchal -- God is the Omnipotent Father -- hence the loathing of women for 2,000 years in those countries afflicted by the sky-god and his earthly male delegates.
GORE VIDAL, The Decline and Fall of the American Empire