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Forum Post: where did they learn that?

Posted 2 years ago on Oct. 11, 2012, 11:10 p.m. EST by gestopomillyy (1695)
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"Why of course the people don't want war... Naturally... 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. 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 peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." -Hitler's #2 Man, Hermann Goering

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[-] -1 points by yobstreet (-575) 2 years ago

True, they all shout "patriotism" but that is not how Chomsky's claim of complicity has traditionally been gained in the US; it has been gained through fear at the end of a rope. In many ways, the people truly are powerless to swim against the tide.