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pretend patriotism

September 16, 2008

“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.”

—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis (1856–1941)

“Naturally, the common people don’t want war, but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag 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. 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.”

– Hermann Goering. Hitler’s Reich-Marshall at the Nuremberg Trials after WWII.

“Guard against the postures of pretended patriotism”

–George Washington

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Images :: Wikicommons :: “War Scare in Hogan’s Alley” 1896

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