1.) Never burn books. Write new books, new articles and new criticisms to refute wrong ideas. To destroy wrong ideas by burning them physically is to admit that you are afraid that you are wrong. It is to suffer a defeat.
2.) Never subjugate reason to faith. Everything must justify its existence before the judgement-seat of reason or give up existence. This does not imply either theism or atheism, it is a general matter of attitude, to avoid dogmatism in all regards.
3.) Accept the possibility that everything you know is wrong. Everything.
4.) Treat others how you would want to be treated but do not hesitate to enforce justice where it is deserved.
5.) “The life of a single human being (of the poorest human being) is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth.” Treat homeless people with dignity and respect. Address them properly.
6.) Accepting the prevailing socioeconomic and political system is not a fundamental part of growing up, the spirit of rebellion against injustice must never be crushed by old age.
7.) Love is infinitely more valuable than hate in most every instance
8.) An injustice suffered by one might as well be an injustice suffered by all
9.) “It is right to rebel”
10.) Every bridge has a person who first walked across it. Do not be afraid of going where no other person has ventured.
11.) Laws are only valid insofar as they are grounded in justice, and a dedication to justice carries with it an obligation to disobey all unjust laws. Obey the law of conscience and the law of reason, disobey the written law at every instance if it is unjust.
12.) “Unless you have investigated a problem, you will be deprived of the right to speak on it. Isn’t that too harsh? Not in the least. When you have not probed into a problem, into the present facts and its past history, and know nothing of its essentials, whatever you say about it will undoubtedly be nonsense.”
13.) Avoid the number 13 at all costs* (* may contradict rule no. 2)
14.) Pray and then act, that’s how prayer is supposed to work.
15.) Always read differing opinions and points of view. Familiarize yourself with what the other side believes and take from it what, if anything, is based on reason.
16.) Religion must not be used to justify oppression and exploitation here on earth in hope of a better life after death. Religion (more specifically Christianity) generally must be and ultimately is, in essence, militantly opposed to all social orders but socialism, but communism. As such it must mean a fight against all the oppressors and exploiters of the world!
17.) Pacifism is only useful in personal and private matters, oppose all unjust wars but do not hesitant to use violence when and where it is both necessary and justifiable.
18.) Ideological dogmatism is toxic, avoid it at all costs.
19.) “The police become necessary in human society, only at that juncture in human society where it is split between those who have and those who ain’t got.” The policing institution is worthy of absolutely no respect. Misguided individuals who join the police out of a desire to genuinely help people should be respected, but never the institution itself.
20.) Fight for justice and equality of those of color, women, immigrants, LGBT+ people and all oppressed and exploited peoples
21.) Capitalism is fundamentally based on exploitation, it systematically creates extreme inequality (poverty). It is split between the proletariat (the workers who have nothing to sell but their labor) and the bourgeoisie (the capitalists who do no productive work yet live off of and amass fortune off of those who have nothing to sell but their labor). You can’t have capitalism without racism, without poverty, without exploitation.
22.) Fight for actual socialism, meaning industrial democracy (not the state-capitalist system of the former USSR). Oppose Stalinism and alternatives to capitalism which in practice are just as bad, or worse than the system it is trying to replace.
23.) NEVER embrace or uphold historical revisionism. (I.e. holocaust denial) It means revising history in order to justify your political, social, or religious views.
24.) In times of great social upheaval and revolution they may be absent, but any society which does not recognize the fundamental rights of man, (the bill of rights as it is called in the U.S.) excluding capitalist rights to exploit others for profit, is not worthy of being a model society. Certain principles may be taken from such a society. But no such society is worthy of fighting for.
25.) Equality, Democracy, Liberty, and Justice are grand ideas, but in our society, they are not genuine, they are truncated, false, hypocritical and deceptive in our society. Fight for these things in actuality and expose the hypocrisy of our society in all instances.