For my last blog post of 2010 I thought I would examine different quotes I found on social networking. I have a blog, a couple of twitter accounts, a facebook page, and follow a few blogs and facebook groups. Additionally, I have a linkedin account and between them all I am in contact with a large number of people (500). As I have been viewing and reading the various pages and blogs I see a number of different quotes popping up. Sometimes they are on a facebook status or in a comment area. Other times the quote is in a blog or in the online writings of others. There are two things that I have noticed about these quotations. First, some of the quotes are at times from people who would, at the very least be seen as counter-cultural or even possibly anti-social. Second, in a strange way the quotes are applicable to the times we are living in today. So here are some quotes I have found in the last year on the net. I am not going to disclose the people posting the quote, just the quote itself.
Here are the quotes in no particular order:
Without law and order our nation cannot survive. ~ Adolf Hitler
“No one is more hopelessly enslaved than the person who falsely believes he is free.” ~ Johann Goethe
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country." ~ Thomas Jefferson
The great foe of democracy now and in the near future is plutocracy. Every year that passes brings out this antagonism more distinctly. It is to be the social war of the twentieth century. In that war militarism, expansion and imperialism will all favor plutocracy. In the first place, war and expansion will favor jobbery, both in the dependencies and at home. In the second place, they will take away the attention of the people from what the plutocrats are doing. In the third place, they will cause large expenditures of the people’s money, the return for which will not go into the treasury, but into the hands of a few schemers. In the fourth place, they will call for a large public debt and taxes, and these things especially tend to make men unequal, because any social burdens bear more heavily on the weak than on the strong, and so make the weak weaker and the strong stronger. Therefore expansion and imperialism are a grand onslaught on democracy. ~William Graham Summer
~ Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General
“. . .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.” ~ Herman Goering