View Full Version : Infused by Fear and Blinded by Patriotism

9 Ball Girl
03-16-2006, 06:49 AM
"Politically speaking, tribal nationalism [patriotism] always insists that its own people are surrounded by 'a world of enemies' - 'one against all' - and that a fundamental difference exists between this people and all others. It claims its people to be unique, individual, incompatible with all others, and denies theoretically the very possibility of a common mankind long before it is used to destroy the humanity of man." -Hannah Arendt, The Origins Of Totalitarianism

"Seas of blood have been shed for the sake of patriotism. One would expect the harm and irrationality of patriotism to be self-evident to everyone. But the surprising fact is that cultured and learned [socially conditioned and indoctrinated] people not only do not notice the harm and stupidity of patriotism, they resist every unveiling of it with the greatest obstinacy and passion (with no rational grounds), and continue to praise it as beneficent and elevating." -Leo Tolstoy

"Blind patriotism has been kept intact by rewriting history to provide people with moral consolation and a psychological basis for denial." -William H. Boyer

"Beware of the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How will I know? For this I have done. And I am Julius Caesar." - Julius Caesar, Rome 100-44 B.C.

Gayle in MD
03-16-2006, 07:58 AM
Bravo! "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."
Samuel Johnson

"Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg
from which wars are hatched."

Guy de Maupassant: My Uncle Sosthenes

"That pernicious sentiment, "Our country, right
or wrong."
James Russell Lowell: The Biglow Papers

Gayle in Md.

03-16-2006, 01:27 PM
hmm sounds a lot like that new flick V for vendetta?

03-17-2006, 02:42 PM
Wendy, you have time to read?????? and be a sex symbol????

9 Ball Girl
03-20-2006, 08:57 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote wolfdancer:</font><hr> Wendy, you have time to read?????? and be a sex symbol???? <hr /></blockquote>Just for that I love you. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif