[_] Is the government serious insane? / alert status
rupert at jabelman.org
Wed Jun 22 14:03:37 BST 2005
On 22 Jun 2005, at 1:48 pm, Matthew Macdonald-Wallace wrote:
> On Wed, 22 Jun 2005 13:33:32 +0100
> "Chris Kaminski" <chris at setmajer.com> wrote:
>> "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the
>> populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to
>> safety) by menacing it with an endless series of
>> hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
>> -- H. L. Mencken
> "Naturally the common people don't want war, but after all it is the
> leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a
> simple matter to drag people along...
> Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of
> the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are
> being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and
> exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country."
> -- Reich-Marshall Hermann Goering
> Nuremberg Trials
Well, if we're doing that...
"The programmes of the Two Minutes Hate varied from day to day, but
there was none in which Goldstein was not the principal figure. He was
the primal traitor, the earliest defiler of the Party's purity. All
subsequent crimes against the Party, all treacheries, acts of sabotage,
heresies, deviations, sprang directly out of his teaching. Somewhere or
other he was still alive and hatching his conspiracies: perhaps
somewhere beyond the sea, under the protection of his foreign
paymasters, perhaps even - so it was occasionally rumoured - in some
hiding-place in Oceania itself. "