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"Unthinkable respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth" Albert Einstein
Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench. Care about other people's approval and you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity. Lao-Tse, Tao Te Ching
None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A state that privatizes most of its functions will inevitably defend itself by employing its own people as mercenaries Phillip Bobbit
“There is a problem when the turnover in the United States House of Representatives is lower than it was in the Soviet Politburo.”NATHANIEL PERSILY, an election law expert at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Sited from http://realprogress.org/
"It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class, except Congress."—Mark Twain
"Perhaps the most serious threat of 'galloping conservatism' is that in a time of crisis it could easily be transformed into full-blown fascism. When people are afraid, they are susceptible to trading away their civil liberties to protect their 'things'. One of the archapostles of conservative economics, Milton Friedman, has already said that, given the choice between preserving American constitutional freedoms and the economic freedom to make a dollar without interference, he would choose economic freedom hands down (Friedman, 1980, Free to Choose, Avon Books, p. xvi). How tragically ironic it would be if conservative Americans bartered away their constitutional liberties to preserve their affluent lifestyles!" (Sine, 1981, 56).
Tom Sine, "The Mustard Seed Conspiracy," 1981
"All governments lie, the muckraker I.F. Stone used to say. They fudge and omit. They bury and muffle inconvenient facts. They do this repeatedly, relentlessly, shamelessly. That's hardly surprising. Why shouldn't they...
[For reporters] there was—and remains—considerable reluctance to invoke what a Times reporter I spoke to called "reportorial authority," which, as he put it, would require that "when the president says the sun rose in the west, we take it upon ourselves to say no."
By Todd Gitlin
In "The great media breakdown"
"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)
"Our senior officers knew the war was going badly. Yet they bowed to groupthink pressure and kept up pretenses. ...Many of my generation, the career captains, majors, and lieutenant colonels seasoned in that war, vowed that when our turn came to call the shots, we would not quietly acquiesce in halfhearted warfare for half-baked reasons that the American people could not understand." Colin Powell
"Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs". Josef Stalin (1879-1953)
Fascism/corporatism is "an attempt to create a 'modern' version of feudalism by merging the 'corporate' interests with those of the state."
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"If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human
beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States. There are probably
several hundred thousand if we narrow the definition to include only those who in their search for money
and power are ruthless and deceitful. ... They are patriotic in time of war because it is to their interest
to be so, but in time of peace they follow power and the dollar wherever they may lead."
"American fascism will not be really dangerous, until there is a purposeful coalition among the cartelists, the deliberate poisoners of public information..."
"The really dangerous American fascists are not those who are hooked up directly or indirectly with the Axis. The FBI has its finger on those. The dangerous American fascist is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power."
Vice president Wallace in his 1944 Times article
History Channel Corporatism = Fascism
One of the lessons that we have learned from this recent era is that cowardice comes in small pieces, concessions that might seem insignificant at the time, but that cumulatively have a devastating consequence. We believe, too, that courage also comes slowly at first, when individuals begin to stand up for what’s right -- and that courage, too, can gain a powerful momentum - The Consortium
Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose—and you allow him to make war at pleasure.
– Abraham Lincoln
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison, while a United States Congressman
Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.
Hermann Goering, President of the Reichstag, Nazi Party, and Luftwaffe Commander in Chief
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