Open dictatorship is far less dangerous than sham democracy

 “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 
TAP – One or two of these resonated with me.  I pass them on.
From this weeks ICH Newsletter

 

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