Quote of the day

The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.Terry Pratchett

One Response to Quote of the day

  1. Andrei says:

    Our problem as human beings is that no matter how well read and educated we are, we only have very limited knowledge and we have to use that to try and form a coherent world view

    Even more frightening perhaps, we live in an age where propaganda has been developed into a science where populations can be easily manipulated and we a bombarded with it – from TV advertising selling toothpaste through to malignant politicians selling all sorts of evil schemes to enhance their power and the wealth of their patrons

    Göring: Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that 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 in America, 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.

    Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.

    Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, 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 pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.

    – In an interview with Gilbert in Göring’s jail cell during the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials (18 April 1946)

    Propaganda techniques have been honed and refined since the days of Joseph Goebbels and today we live in an Orwellian world where black can be white, evil good, and men can marry one another and very few realize how bizarre that really is

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