Propaganda Wisdom

From capitalistManifesto

PROPAGANDA WORDS OF WISDOM

"Loud peace propaganda makes war seem imminent." - David Herbert Lawrence

"Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?" - Bertrand Russell

"The media's interest in the well-being of a foreign population is directly proportional to the West's interest in toppling its government, while editorial standards are inversely proportional to its enemy status." - John McEvoy

“Propaganda is what gives us the freedom to do as we are told.” - Markus W. Lunner

"Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government." - Hugo Black, Supreme Court Justice

“Terrorism is in good part an effect of government propaganda; it serves to deflect attention from governmental abuse toward a mostly imagined, highly dangerous outside enemy” - Mark Poster

“Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? 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.” - Herman Göhring

“No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as truth. [Undated 1948 "Democratic Party" speech]” - John F. Kennedy

“Propaganda ... serves more to justify ourselves than to convince others; and the more reason we have to feel guilty, the more fervent our propaganda.” - Eric Hoffer, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

"Hollywood no longer depicts reporters in ruthless pursuit of criminals, high and low. Now they are the criminals." - Frank Rich NYT, November 2, 2003

“The truth is not in the commercial media because the truth is a dagger pointed at its heart, which is its pocketbook.” - George Seldes, Facts and Fascism

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” - George Orwell

"History is an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools." - Ambrose Bierce

"Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one." - A. J. Liebling, writer (1904 - 1963)

"Truth is the most precious thing. That's why we should ration it." - Vladimir Lenin

“Gentlemen, I am ready for the questions to my answers.” - Charles de Gaulle, at the beginning of the press conference, wryly alluding to the staged nature of such events.

"The truth is that the newspaper is not a place for information to be given, rather it is just hollow content, or more than that, a provoker of content. If it prints lies about atrocities, real atrocities are the result." - Karl Kraus, 1914

"The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same." - Stendhal

“You can fool some of the people all of the time and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.” - George W. Bush, joking at a Gridiron Club dinner, Washington, D.C., March 2001

"How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg." - Abraham Lincoln

"The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media." - William Colby

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State." - Joseph Goebbels

"Chief among the spoils of victory is the privilege of writing the history." - Mark Alexander

"One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting." - George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia, 1938

"I think there is a good reason why the propaganda system works that way. It recognizes that the public will not support the actual policies. Therefore it is important to prevent any knowledge or understanding of them.” - Noam Chomsky (American Linguist and Activist. b.1928)

"Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda." - Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, 1951

"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep." - Saul Bellow, To Jerusalem and Back, 1976

"This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read." - Sir Winston Churchill

"We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans..." - Bill Clinton

"Censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion..." - Henry Steele Commager

"Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you want to hear." - Alan Corenk

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organised habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society." - Edward Bernays

“Popular culture is a place where pity is called compassion, flattery is called love, propaganda is called knowledge, tension is called peace, gossip is called news, and auto-tune is called singing.” - Criss Jami

“It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be moulded until they clothe ideas and disguise.” - Joseph Goebbels

“The American people are free to do exactly what they are told.” - Ward Churchill

“But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.” - Adolf Hitler

“In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” - Winston Churchill

“The media—stenographers to power.” - Amy Goodman

“The whole purpose of propaganda is to make the obvious seem obscure, or offensive” - Stefan Molyneux

“The press is a gang of cruel faggots. Journalism is not a profession or a trade. It is a cheap catch-all for fuckoffs and misfits - a false doorway to the backside of life, a filthy piss-ridden little hole nailed off by the building inspector, but just deep enough for a wino to curl up from the sidewalk and masturbate like a chimp in a zoo-cage.” - Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“It reminded us that propaganda in some form or other lurks in every book, that every work of art has a meaning and a purpose — a political, social and religious purpose — that our aesthetic judgments are always colored by our prejudices and beliefs” - George Orwell

“When we won, it proved that God was on our side. When we didn't win, it meant that God wanted us to try harder." - P.J. Sullivan, Mostly Rapscallions: Salient Sillies about the Rich and Infamous in History

“Propaganda is a weapon that the Confederacy wields best, and wields heaviest. It is their hammer. And when all you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail.” - Jeff Grubb, Liberty's Crusade

“But what is propaganda, if not the effort to alter the picture to which men respond, to substitute one social pattern for another?” - Walter Lippmann, Public Opinion

“Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.” - Adolf Hitler

"What can we put into the hands of people under oppressive regimes to help them? For me, a big part of it is information, knowledge - the ability to defeat propaganda by understanding it." - Jimmy Wales

"This is the secret of propaganda: To totally saturate the person, whom the propaganda wants to lay hold of, with the ideas of the propaganda, without him even noticing that he is being saturated." - Paul Watzlawick

"The oblique paradox of propaganda is that the lie in the throat becomes, by repetition, the truth in the heart." - John Grierson

"Propaganda is that branch of the art of lying which consists in nearly deceiving your friends without quite deceiving your enemies." - F. M. Cornford

"To swallow and follow, whether old doctrine or new propaganda, is a weakness still dominating the human mind." - Charlotte Perkins Gilman

"The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism." - Henry A. Wallace

"The United States has its own propaganda, but it's very effective because people don't realize that it's propaganda. And it's subtle, but it's actually a much stronger propaganda machine than the Nazis had but it's funded in a different way." - Crispin Glover

"All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume." - Noam Chomsky

"If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly." - Thomas Sowell

"I think most things I read on the Internet and in newspapers are propaganda. Everyone from the 'New York Times' to Rupert Murdoch has a point of view and is putting forth their own propaganda. They're stuck with the facts as they are, but the way they interpret and frame them is wildly different." - Frank Miller

"Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship." - William Blum

"It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear." - Douglas MacArthur

"It is well known that in war, the first casualty is truth - that during any war truth is forsaken for propaganda." - Harry Browne

"In fact, because of this deep desire for peace, the ruling class leaders of this land, from 1945 on, stepped up the hysteria and propaganda to drive into American minds the false notion that danger threatened them from the East." - Paul Robeson

"And it was under Wilson that the first great propaganda slogan was coined and emblazoned everywhere, to make Americans start thinking favorably of democracies and forget that we had a republic." - Robert Welch

"For an event that was wholly created in the poisonous psychological warfare kitchens of the Second World War, run by the ministries of propaganda in many countries, not just by the British or the Americans, but also the Russians and undoubtedly the world Jewish organizations." - Ernst Zundel

"There is massive propaganda for everyone to consume. Consumption is good for profits and consumption is good for the political establishment." - Noam Chomsky

"Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda." - Hannah Arendt

"It's so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked." - Harold Pinter

"News represents another form of advertising, not liberal propaganda." - Christopher Lasch

"Propaganda in the ordinary sense of the term plays a less important part in a consumer society, where people greet all official pronouncements with suspicion." - Christopher Lasch

"The reporting of news has to be understood as propaganda for commodities, and events by images." - Christopher Lasch

"But Big Oil and Big Coal have always been as skilled at propaganda as they are at mining and drilling. Like the tobacco industry before them, their success depends on keeping Americans stupid." - Jeff Goodell

"Propaganda must appeal to mankind's better judgment and to the necessary belief in a better future. For this belief, the valley of the shadow of death is but a war station on the road to the blessed summit." - Christian Lous Lange

"The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent." - Gore Vidal

"You cannot hope to bribe or twist (thank God!) the British journalist. But, seeing what the man will do unbribed, there's no occasion to." - Humbert Wolfe There is no such thing ... in America as an independent press." - John Swinton

"The Marine Corps is the Navy's police force and as long as I am President that is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin's." - Harry S Truman

"A newspaper has three things to do. One is to amuse, another is to entertain and the rest is to mislead." - Ernest Bevin

"The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust." - Samuel Butler

"Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise." - Adolf Hitler (German Chancellor, leader of the Nazi party, 1889-1945)

"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."- George W. Bush

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State." - Joseph Goebbels

"Chief among the spoils of victory is the privilege of writing the history." - Mark Alexander

"History is an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools." - Ambrose Bierce

KEY QUOTES

"There is no subjugation so perfect as that which keeps the appearance of freedom for in that way one captures volition itself. The most absolute authority is that which penetrates into a man's innermost being and concerns itself no less with his will than with his actions." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"I think the subject which will be of most importance politically is Mass Psychology... It's importance has been enormously increased by the growth of modern methods of propaganda ...Although this science will be diligently studied, it will be rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated." - Bertrand Russell

"The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same." - Stendhal

"If you cannot convince them, confuse them." - Harry S. Truman

"Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." - Mark Twain

"History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon." - Napoleon Bonaparte,

"But those dealing in the actual manufacture of mind are dealing in a very explosive material. The material is not merely the clay of which man is master, but the truths or semblances of truth which have a certain mastery over man. The material is explosive because it must be taken seriously. The men writing books really are throwing bombs." - Gilbert Keith Chesterton

"For those who stubbornly seek freedom, there can be no more urgent task than to come to understand the mechanisms and practices of indoctrination. These are easy to perceive in the totalitarian societies, much less so in the system of 'brainwashing under freedom' to which we are subjected and which all too often we serve as willing or unwitting instruments." - Noam Chomsky

"Those who formally rule take their signals and commands not from the electorate as a body, but from a small group of men. This group will be called the Establishment. It exists even though that existence is stoutly denied. It is one of the secrets of the American social order... A second secret is the fact that the existence of the Establishment - the ruling class - is not supposed to be discussed." - Arthur S. Miller

"Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind." - Henry Miller

"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them." - George Orwell

"Popular revolt against a ruthless, experienced modern dictatorship, which enjoys a monopoly over weapons and communications, ... is simply not a possibility in the modern age." - Soren Kierkegaard

"People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid." - Soren Kierkegaard

"I wouldn't call it fascism exactly, but a political system nominally controlled by an irresponsible, dumbed down electorate who are manipulated by dishonest, cynical, controlled mass media that dispense the propaganda of a corrupt political establishment can hardly be described as democracy either." - Edward Zehr

EXTRACTS FROM PROPAGANDA BIBLIOGRAPHY

"As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: You liberate a city by destroying it. Words are used to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests." - Gore Vidal, Imperial America, 2004

"One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting." - George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia, 1938

"Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves." - Eric Hoffer

"You cannot get through the density of the propaganda with which the American people, through the dreaded media, have been filled and the horrible public educational system we have for the average person. It's just grotesque." - Gore Vidal. On American Altruism

"Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state." - Noam Chomsky (American Linguist and Activist. b.1928)

"The goal of modern propaganda is no longer to transform opinion but to arouse an active and mythical belief. (Propaganda) proceeds by psychological manipulations, character modifications, by creation of stereotypes useful when the time comes - The two great routes that this sub-propaganda takes are the conditioned reflex and the myth." - Jacques Ellul

"The trouble with peace propaganda is that when it is permitted it isn't necessary, and when it's necessary it isn't permitted." - Noam Chomsky

"I think there is a good reason why the propaganda system works that way. It recognizes that the public will not support the actual policies. Therefore it is important to prevent any knowledge or understanding of them." - Noam Chomsky (b.1928)

"Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way." - Jean Anouilh, L'Alouette, 1952

"When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, 'This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything-you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him." - Robert A. Heinlein, If This Goes On, 1940

"Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda." - Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, 1951

"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep." - Saul Bellow, To Jerusalem and Back (1976)

"Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one." - Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841)

"He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense." - Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim (1900)

"It is worthy of remark that a belief constantly inculcated during the early years of life, whilst the brain is impressible, appears to acquire almost the nature of an instinct; and the very essence of an instinct is that it is followed independently of reason." - Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man (1871)

"The papers conducted by Lord Rothermere and Lord Beaverbrook are not newspapers in the ordinary acceptance of the term. They are engines of propaganda for the constantly-changing policies, desires, personal wishes, and personal likes and dislikes of two men? What the proprietorship of those papers is aiming at is power, and power without responsibility the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages." - Baldwin (of Bewdley), Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl

"The news of the days it reaches the newspaper office is an incredible medley of fact, propaganda, rumour, suspicion, clues, hopes, and fears, and the task of selecting and ordering that news is one of the truly sacred and priestly offices in a democracy. For the newspaper is in all literalness the bible of democracy, the book out of which a people determines its conduct." - Walter Lippmann

"I believe that the BBC, in spite of the stupidity of its foreign propaganda and the unbearable voices of its announcers, is very truthful. It is generally regarded here as more reliable than the press." - George Orwell

"All propaganda is lies, even when one is telling the truth." - George Orwell

"Today the world is the victim of propaganda because people are not intellectually competent... more than anything the United States needs effective citizens competent to do their own thinking." - William Mather Lewis

"Some of mankind's most terrible misdeeds have been committed under the spell of certain magic words or phrases." - James Bryant Conant

"A propagandist is a specialist in selling attitudes and opinions." - Hans Speier

"Propaganda must not serve the truth, especially insofar as it might bring out something favorable for the opponent." - Adolf Hitler

"When the political columnists say 'Every thinking man' they mean themselves, and when candidates appeal to 'Every intelligent voter' they mean everybody who is going to vote for them." - Franklin P. Adams

"How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!" - Samuel Adams

"We believe the picture painters of the mass media are artfully creating landscapes for us which deliberately hide the real picture. In this book we will show you how to discover the "hidden picture" in the landscapes presented to us daily through newspapers, radio and television." - Gary Allen

"The burning of an author's books, imprisonment for opinion's sake, has always been the tribute that an ignorant age pays to the genius of its time." - Joseph Allen

"There are in fact four very significant stumbling blocks in the way of grasping the truth, which hinder every man however learned, and scarcely allow anyone to win a clear title to wisdom, namely, the example of weak and unworthy authority, longstanding custom, the feeling of the ignorant crowd, and the hiding of our own ignorance while making a display of our apparent knowledge." - Roger Bacon

"Persecution in intellectual countries produces a superficial conformity, but also underneath an intense, incessant, implacable doubt." - Walter Bagehot

"The power of authority is never more subtle and effective than when it produces a psychological "atmosphere" or 'climate' favourable to the life of certain modes of belief, unfavourable, and even fatal, to the life of others." - Arthur Balfour

"Character assassination is at once easier and surer than physical assault; and it involves far less risk for the assassin. It leaves him free to commit the same deed over and over again, and may, indeed, win him the honors of a hero in the country of his victims." - Alan Barth

"The devil's best trick is to persuade you that he doesn't exist!" - Charles Baudelaire

"Perhaps the most obvious political effect of controlled news is the advantage it gives powerful people in getting their issues on the political agenda and defining those issues in ways likely to influence their resolution." - W. Lance Bennett

"Purveyors of political correctness will, in the final analysis, not even allow others their judgments... They celebrate 'difference,' but they will not allow people truly to be different - to think differently, and to say what they think." - Mark Berley

"Alliance: In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third." - Ambrose Bierce

"Men willingly believe what they wish." - Gaius Julius Caesar

"In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interest, and their subsidiary organisations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press. … They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers." - Oscar Callaway

"As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do." - Andrew Carnegie

"This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read." - Sir Winston Churchill

"Censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion... In the long run it will create a generation incapable of appreciating the difference between independence of thought and subservience." - Henry Steele Commager

"Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear." - Alan Corenk

"Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything." - Frank Dane

"What orators lack in depth they make up for in length." - Charles-Louis de Secondat

"Moral indignation is in most cases 2% moral, 48% indignation and 50% envy." - Vittorio de Sica

"It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery." - Benjamin Disraeli

"There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics." - Benjamin Disraeli

"An unexamined idea, to paraphrase Socrates, is not worth having and a society whose ideas are never explored for possible error may eventually find its foundations insecure." - Mark Van Doren

"We find few historians who have been diligent enough in their search for truth; it is their common method to take on trust what they help distribute to the public; by which means a falsehood once received from a famed writer becomes traditional to posterity." - John Dryden

"The modern susceptibility to conformity and obedience to authority indicates that the truth endorsed by authority is likely to be accepted as such by a majority of the people." - David Edwards

"In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king." - Desiderius Erasmus

"Propaganda is persuading people to make up their minds while withholding some of the facts from them." - Harold Evans

"To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research." - Felson

"Governments have ever been known to hold a high hand over the education of the people. They know, better than anyone else, that their power is based almost entirely on the school. Hence, they monopolize it more and more." - Francisco Ferrer

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

"If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing." - Anatole France

"I begin by taking. I shall find scholars later to demonstrate my perfect right." - Frederick the Great

"In all countries, in all centuries, the primary reason for government to set up schools is to undermine the politically weak by convincing their children that the leaders are good and their policies are wise. The core is religious intolerance. The sides simply change between the Atheists, Catholics, Protestants, Unitarians, etc., depending whether you are talking about the Soviet Union, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, America, etc. A common second reason is to prepare the boys to go to war and the girls to cheer them on." - Marshall Fritz

"It is the absolute right of the state to supervise the formation of public opinion." - Joseph Paul Goebbels

"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? 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

"Television was our chief tool in selling our policy." - Richard Haass

"That's not a lie, it's a terminological inexactitude." - Alexander Haig

"One would think by listening to all the propaganda about the United Nations that they are some sort of benevolent, peaceful organization. Never in the history of the United Nations has it stood for anything but killing and violence. They have never kept peace anywhere on this globe. Their sole function is to replace the U.S. military - dissolve all four branches of our armed forces. Their allegiance is only to the United Nations Charter which does not recognise the U.S. Constitution. This body is made up almost exclusively of communists and leaders of the bloodiest regimes on this globe. Their history and operating agenda is apparent to anyone who takes the time to sincerely and with an open mind, research the facts of this organization, separating truth from myth. Bilderberger participants ( another group committed to one-world domination) in 1992 called for 'conditioning the public to accept the idea of a U.N. army that could, by force, impose its will on the internal affairs of any nation.'" - Paul Harvey

"Limiting the freedom of news 'just a little bit' is in the same category within the classic example 'a little bit pregnant'." - Robert A. Heinlein

"What luck for the rulers that men do not think." - Adolf Hitler

"The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of a nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad. The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies, but would be ashamed to tell big lies." - Adolf Hitler

"I think that we should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe and believe to be fraught with death, unless they so imminently threaten immediate interference with the lawful and pressing purposes of the law that an immediate check is required to save the country... Only the emergency that makes it immediately dangerous to leave the correction of evil counsels to time warrants making any exception to the sweeping command, 'Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech.'" - Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

"To silence criticism is to silence freedom." - Sidney Hook

"Only a large-scale popular movement toward decentralization and self-help can arrest the present tendency toward statism... A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers." - Aldous Huxley

"A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers... The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth." - Aldous Huxley

"There's nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it." - William James

"I am really mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, a fact like this can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too, as an offense against religion; that a question about the sale of a book can be carried before the civil magistrate. Is this then our freedom of religion? and are we to have a censor whose imprimatur shall say what books may be sold, and what we may buy? And who is thus to dogmatize religious opinions for our citizens? Whose foot is to be the measure to which ours are all to be cut or stretched? Is a priest to be our inquisitor, or shall a layman, simple as ourselves, set up his reason as the rule for what we are to read, and what we must believe? It is an insult to our citizens to question whether they are rational beings or not, and blasphemy against religion to suppose it cannot stand the test of truth and reason." - Thomas Jefferson

"The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors." - Thomas Jefferson

"Political correctness is the natural continuum from the party line. What we are seeing once again is a self-appointed group of vigilantes imposing their views on others." - Doris Lessing

"How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg." - Abraham Lincoln

"Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed. He who molds opinion is greater than he who enacts laws." - Abraham Lincoln

"The Gettysburg speech was at once the shortest and the most famous oration in American history...the highest emotion reduced to a few poetical phrases. Lincoln himself never even remotely approached it. It is genuinely stupendous. But let us not forget that it is poetry, not logic; beauty, not sense. Think of the argument in it. Put it into the cold words of every day. The doctrine is simply this: that the Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg sacrificed their lives to the cause of self-determination - that government of the people, by the people, for the people, should not perish from the earth. It is difficult to imagine anything more untrue. The Union soldiers in the battle actually fought against self-determination; it was the Confederates who fought for the right of their people to govern themselves." - H. L. Mencken

"The truth is that Christian theology, like every other theology, is not only opposed to the scientific spirit; it is also opposed to all other attempts at rational thinking. Not by accident does Genesis 3 make the father of knowledge a serpent - slimy, sneaking and abominable. Since the earliest days the church as an organization has thrown itself violently against every effort to liberate the body and mind of man. It has been, at all times and everywhere, the habitual and incorrigible defender of bad governments, bad laws, bad social theories, bad institutions. It was, for centuries, an apologist for slavery, as it was the apologist for the divine right of kings." - H. L. Mencken

"Zealotry of either kind - the puritan's need to regiment others or the victim's passion for blaming everyone except himself - tends to produce a depressing civic stupidity. Each trait has about it the immobility of addiction. Victims become addicted to being victims: they derive identity, innocence and a kind of devious power from sheer, defaulting helplessness. On the other side, the candlesnuffers of behavioral and political correctness enact their paradox, accomplishing intolerance in the name of tolerance, regimentation in the name of betterment." - Lance Morrow

"When a person goes to a country and finds their newspapers filled with nothing but good news, he can bet there are good men in jail." - Daniel Patrick Moynihan

"People are tired of liberty. They have had a surfeit of it. Liberty is no longer a chaste and austere virgin…. Today's youth are moved by other slogans…Order, Hierarchy, Discipline." - Benito Mussolini

"In Germany, the Nazis first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I didn't speak up because I was a protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak for me." - Reverend Martin Niemoeller

"What is the task of higher education? To make a man into a machine. What are the means employed? He is taught how to suffer being bored." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The voice of protest, of warning, of appeal is never more needed than when the clamor of fife and drum, echoed by the press and too often by the pulpit, is bidding all men fall in and keep step and obey in silence the tyrannous word of command. Then, more than ever, it is the duty of the good citizen not to be silent." - Charles Eliot Norton

"The worst forms of tyranny, or certainly the most successful ones, are not those we rail against but those that so insinuate themselves into the imagery of our consciousness, and the fabric of our lives, as not to be perceived as tyranny." - Michael Parenti

"No free people can lose their liberties while they are jealous of liberty. But the liberties of the freest people are in danger when they set up symbols of liberty as fetishes, worshipping the symbol instead of the principle it represents." - Wendell Phillips

"Henceforth it will be the task of this Sacred Congregation not only to examine carefully the books denounced to it, to prohibit them if necessary, and to grant permission for reading forbidden books, but also to supervise, ex officio, books that are being published, and to pass sentence on such as deserve to be prohibited." - Pope Pius X

"An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

"Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim." - George Santayana

"Can we truly expect those who aim to exploit us to be trusted to educate us?" - Eric Schaub

"False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil." - Socrates

"Liberty is the hardest test that one can inflict on a people. To know how to be free is not given equally to all men and all nations." - Paul Valéry

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, and that's good enough." - Dr. Edwin Vieira

"History is fables agreed upon." - Voltaire

"It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved." - Thomas Wolfe