"What are the moral convictions most fondly held
by barbarous and semi-barbarous people?
They are the convictions that authority
is the soundest basis of belief;
that merit attaches to readiness to believe;
that the doubting disposition is a bad one,
and skepticism is a sin."
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On The Advisableness of Improving Natural Knowledge, 1866
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This is great. Sounds like the anthem of Nazism.
 -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
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    great concept.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Believe what your told to believe or your not a Patriot? (kind of thing) In that case we are certainly barbarians, or maybe just "semi" barbarians. Because this suits North America to a tee....
     -- J carlton, Calgary     
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    The very definition of democracy -- might makes right. We see this all over the place -- any one wearing a suit and tie is a perfect example. We sell out in an instant if it benefits our bank account. It just goes to show that human beings are as easily domesticated as sheep.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    this is a very powerful quote that says it all in a nutshell
     -- trinity dushon, S.F.,Ca     
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    A good thing the U.S. was founded by men that thought this way.
     -- warren, olathe     
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