West Virginia…became a state as part of the Civil War and stood with the Union. During the reauthorization of ISTEA, I intend to do the same: to stand with the Union, with the national interest in the federal highway program."

—Rep. Nick Rahall (W.Va.), ranking Democrat on the House Surface Transportation Subcommittee, discussing the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act

"Today's North Korea has nothing to do with socialism. How can a society in which people, workers, farmers and intellectuals are starving to death be a socialist society?"

—North Korean defector Hwang Jang Yop, an architect of that country's policies for decades, in a note published by the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo

"Whatever their limitations, Freud and Marx developed complex and subtle theories of human nature grounded in their observation of individual and social behavior. The crackpot rationalism of free-market economics merely relies on an abstract model of how people 'must' behave."

—Ellen Willis, director of the cultural journalism program at New York University, in a letter to The New York Times, February 27, 199