All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.
- Sophocles, 'Antigone'
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
- Ernest Hemingway
No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine.
[The aim of public education is not] to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim ... is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States.
—HENRY MENCKEN, American Journalist (April 1924)
ls it surprising that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons?
The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence.
—Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
Fascism, like socialism, cannot achieve its aim. So there is a way in which it makes sense to speak of a stage of history: We are in the stage of late fascism. The grandeur is gone, and all we are left with is a gun pointed at our heads. The system was created to be great, but it is reduced in our time to being crude. Valor is now violence. Majesty is now malice.
—Author LLEWELLYN H. ROCKWELL, JR.
I am afraid of those who proclaim that it can't happen here. In 1935 Sinclair Lewis wrote a popular novel in which a racist, anti-Semitic, flag-waving, army-backed demagogue wins the 1936 presidential election and proceeds to establish on Americanized version of Nazi Germany. The title, It Can't Happen Here, was a tongue-in-cheek warning that it might. But the "it" Lewis referred to is unlikely to happen again any place.''' Anyone looking black shirts, mass parties, or men on horseback will miss the tell-tale clues of creeping fascism....In America, it would be super modern and multi-ethnic—as American as Madison Avenue, executive luncheons, credit cards, and apple pie. It would be fascism with a smile. As a warning against its cosmetic facade, subtle manipulation, and velvet gloves, I call it friendly fascism. What scares me most is its subtle appeal.
—BERTRAM GROSS, Former presidential advisor
The Secret Government is an interlocking network of official functionaries, spies, mercenaries, ex-generals, profiteers and superpatriots, who, for a variety of motives, operate outside the legitimate institutions of government. Presidents have turned to them when they can't win the support of the Congress or the people, creating that unsupervised power so feared by the framers of our Constitution. ...
journalist and White House press secretary under President Johnson (1988)
Nonsense! Nonsense!" snorted Tasbrough. "That couldn't happen here in America, not possibly! We're a country of freedom!
—SINCLAIR LEWIS, It Can't Happen Here