Jett Black (jett_black) wrote in burning_man,
Jett Black

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Quotes worth remembering

Lately, I have found comfort and sometimes insightful discomfort in quotes forwarded to me by friends who have turned to historically notable persons who have engaged in world domination by means of war. (Is there any other way?)

Today, I will share two of the most stand-out quotes sent to me. Please feel welcome to pitch in with any quotes that you might like to reflect upon here as well.

"Of course the people don't want war. But leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or not 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 greater danger."

-- Hermann Goering Nazi Reichsmarshal and Luftwaffe chief, at the Nuremberg trials...

"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."

-- Julius Caesar


Jett Black - Gothic Beauty Magazine senior music journalist
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