Even More Quotes #6

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(Hat-Tip to Information Clearing House)

“We are beckoned to see the world through a one-way mirror, as if we are threatened and innocent and the rest of humanity is threatening, or wretched, or expendable.

Our memory is struggling to rescue the truth that human rights were not handed down as privileges from a parliament, or a boardroom, or an institution, but that peace is only possible with justice and with information that gives us the power to act justly.” -John Pilger 04/11/2009)

What luck for rulers that men do not think”. – Adolf Hitler

“The means of defence against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.” – James Madison, Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 Reported by James Madison

“The way things are supposed to work is that we’re supposed to know virtually everything about what they [the government] do: that’s why they’re called public servants. They’re supposed to know virtually nothing about what we do: that’s why we’re called private individuals.” – Glenn Greenwald

“Open confession of dictatorship is far less dangerous than sham democracy. One can defend oneself against the former; the latter is like a creeper attached to the body of a drowning man.” – Wilhelm Reich, The Mass Psychology of Fascism

“The people in charge can always justify doing terrible things in the name of the greater good. A slaughter here, a little torture there. It becomes moral to do things that would be immoral if an ordinary individual did ’em.” – Joe Hill, The Fireman

“Patriotism is a villain’s last refuge.” – Xiaobo Liu, June Fourth Elegies

“A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.” -Aldous Huxley –

“The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them.” -Gene Roddenberry

“There comes a point when a man must refuse to answer to his leader if he is also to answer to his own conscience. “-Hartley Shawcross

“Then it must also be admitted, my friend, that men who are harmed become more unjust. “-Plato

“Propaganda is as powerful as heroin; it surreptitiously dissolves all capacity to think.” – Gil Courtemanche

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the [public] is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” – Edward Bernays

“The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unawaredly enslave themselves.” Dresden James.

“You can either be complicit in your own enslavement or you can lead a life that has some kind of integrity and meaning.” Chris Hedges: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author