virus: Would Mark Twain pass the Mirror Test?

From: Archibald Scatflinger (
Date: Thu Sep 05 2002 - 23:06:23 MDT

"My only doubt is whether American citizens are really so naive as to swallow all the lies they are fed, or do they do it because they don't care about others as long as they can make a living, enjoy abundance, and feel the blind arrogance of being part of the supreme power."
"Man is to be conditioned to accept the circumstances that he finds himself in, not to learn to change them."

"It is only the rebellious public-schooled who must have the devastating effect of individuality brainwashed out of them."

John Dewey - one of the most influential names in American Education history.

      "Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended. Its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war...and in the degeneracy of manners and morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."

--James Madison, April 20, 1795 (Works. Vol. 4, Pp. 491-2)

"I am concerned for the security of our great nation, not so much because of
any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within."
--General Douglas MacArthur

"The man
Of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys.
Power, like a desolating pestilence,
Pollutes whate'er it touches; and obedience,
Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth,
Makes slaves of men, and, of the human frame,
A mechanized automaton."
--Percy Bysshe Shelley (from Queen Mab)

"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to posses arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so."
-Adolph Hitler 1938

"Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception."
--Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger, 1916, Ch. 9

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
-- William Pitt (1783)

The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson...
-- President Franklin D. Roosevelt (11/21/1933)

Today the path to total dictatorship in the United States can be laid by strictly legal means, unseen and unheard by Congress, the President, or the people....Outwardly we have a Constitutional government. We have operating within our government and political system, another body representing another form of government, a bureacratic elite which believes our Constitution is outmoded and is sure that it is the winning side...All the strange developments in foreign policy agreements may be traced to this group who are going to make us over to suit their pleasure....This political action group has its own local political support organizations, its own pressure groups, its own vested interests, its foothold within our government, and its own propaganda apparatus.
-- Senator William Jenner (2/23/1954)

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