“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”-- Joseph Goebbels (Hitler's Propaganda Minister)
“Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain... [hence] There is nothing more important for a politician than appearing to be religious [which includes affecting being patriotic, righteous and just] for men are so simple and so much inclined to obey their immediate selfish needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions. Hence, governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society because politics have no relation to morals..." – Machiavelli
“And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that. All power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” -- Lord Acton
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