A quote from an Interview in Reichsmarshal Hermann Göring's cell during the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal, 1946. The extended quote goes like this:
"Naturally, the common people don't want war ... but after all it is the leaders of a 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 to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country."
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it is a real one. National Socialists or Fascist
did not define themselves as dictatorships.
This is the language of their opponents, which
makes me wonder if it isn't a fabricated one,
or at least deformed one.
secondary sources. I have no way to verify their
credibility, unfortunately. Also if they are authentic,
they may also be deformed or taken out of context,
as it often happens. These types of quotes don't
seem familiar to Göring's way of expressing himself.
Other examples are the "Big Lie" described by
Goebbels and Hitler in their writings and speeches,
effectively describing the so-called Democracies.
After the war some of these quotes were
misrepresented to make it look like they were
providing a recipe of how they themselves
presumably manipulated their own people, when
in reality they were denouncing their opponents.