Bumper Sticker Wisdom

CONTRADICT AUTHORITY

There is a surprising amount of wisdom to be gleaned from bumper stickers (you know, those rectangular stickers people like to plaster all over their cars :-)). Most bumper stickers are meant to support this or the other politician, so they’re not that memorable.

But occasionally, I stumble on a particularly humorous or profound bumper sticker. So, a while ago I decided to start writing down the cool bumper sticker slogans I stumble upon.

This is that list, posted here for your amusement and pondering:

“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” – Albert Einstein

If I give up all my freedom, THEN I’ll be safe.

How is a nation divided when the candidates agree?

Whatever stupid shit you believe, SPEAK UP!

If you still think they hate us because we are free, perhaps you should read instead of watching TV.

War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.

DON’T STEAL: The government hates competition.

Liberty Stickers

If you like these ones, the folks over at Liberty Stickers have some pretty good stickers too:

“If there is sin superior to every other, it is that of willfull and offensive war.” – Thomas Paine

People aren’t human if they live across water from here.

“War is a way of shattering to pieces materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable and intelligent.” – George Orwell.

“Every election is a sort of advance sale of stolen goods.” – H.L. Mencken

“If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” – James Madison

“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” – Edward Abbey

“1 death is a tragedy. 1,000,000 is a statistic.” – Joe Stalin

“Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.” – H.L. Mencken

“All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” – Voltaire

“What good fortune for governments that the people do not think.” – Adolf Hitler

“We know that dictators are quick to choose aggression, while free nations strive to resolve differences in peace.” – George W. Bush

“We must guard against the unwarranted influence by the Military-industrial Complex.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“War is terrorism, magnified a hundred times.” – Howard Zinn, historian

Even though everything I’ve ever heard any politician say about anything has been a damn lie, the next time they start making up excuses to start a war, I’ll believe them then too. Because I’m an American. United I stand!

Government: Causing more violence than it prevents since 10,000 B.C.

Government is Dangerous: Brought to you by the 175 million people murdered by their own governments in the last century.

Neutrality: Our only path to peace.

And my favorite bumper sticker of all:

Dear I.R.S.: Please remove me from your mailing list. :-)

Hopefully, you’ve noticed the common threads in all of these slogans (they’re stuff I’m always talking/preaching/ranting about):

  1. Don’t believe everything you are told
  2. Fight tyranny
  3. Strive for peace
  4. And most important of all: Question authority!

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Feross Aboukhadijeh Hey, thanks for reading! I'm Feross Aboukhadijeh, a programmer, designer, teacher, and mad scientist. I am currently building WebTorrent, a streaming BitTorrent client for the browser, powered by WebRTC. In my free time, I work on StudyNotes, a website to help students study better and get into college.

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