No one understood better than Stalin that the true object of propaganda is neither to convince nor even to persuade, but to produce a uniform pattern of public utterance in which the first trace of unorthodox thought immediately reveals itself as a jarring dissonance.
more Alan Bullock quotes
Every central government worships uniformity: uniformity relieves it from inquiry into an infinity of details.
more Alexis de Tocqueville quotes
After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.
more Alexis de Tocqueville quotes
Wherever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.
more Benjamin Disraeli quotes
Who besides a degraded rabble would voluntarily present itself to be graded and classified like meat? No wonder school is compulsory.
more John Taylor Gatto quotes
Government will not fail to employ education to strengthen its hands and perpetuate its institutions.
more William Godwin quotes
The National Government will regard it as its first and foremost duty to revive in the nation the spirit of unity and cooperation. It will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life.
more Adolf Hitler quotes
Those who see their lives as spoiled and wasted crave equality and fraternity more than they do freedom. If they clamor for freedom, it is but freedom to establish equality and uniformity.
more Eric Hoffer quotes
Those who see their lives as spoiled and wasted crave equality and fraternity more than they do freedom. If they clamor for freedom, it is but freedom to establish equality and uniformity. The passion for equality is partly a passion for anonymity: to be one thread of the many which make up a tunic; one thread not distinguishable from the others. No one can then point us out, measure us against others and expose our inferiority.
more Eric Hoffer quotes
The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.
more John F. Kennedy quotes
Uniformity, therefore, is an essential built-in element of utopian existence, and it is no less important that this uniformity remain permanent.
more Thomas Molnar quotes
Fascism recognises the real needs which gave rise to socialism and trade-unionism, giving them due weight in the guild or corporative system in which diverent interests are coordinated and harmonised in the unity of the State.
more Benito Mussolini quotes
It is the State which educates its citizens in civic virtue, gives them a consciousness of their mission, and welds them into unity.
more Benito Mussolini quotes
At every hour of every day, I can tell you on which page of which book each school child in Italy is studying.
more Benito Mussolini quotes
What is the task of higher education? To make a man into a machine. What are the means employed? He is taught how to suffer being bored.
more Friedrich Nietzsche quotes
To be GOVERNED is to be kept in sight, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom, nor the virtue to do so. . . To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction, noted, registered, enrolled, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, trained, ransomed, exploited, monopolized, extorted, squeezed, mystified, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, despised, harassed, tracked, abused, clubbed, disarmed, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.
more Pierre-Joseph Proudhon quotes
I never could believe that Providence had sent a few men into the world, ready booted and spurred to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden.
more Richard Rumbold quotes
There is no greater stupidity or meanness than to take uniformity for an ideal.
more George Santayana quotes
No one understood better than Stalin that the true object of propaganda is neither to convince nor even to persuade, but to produce a uniform pattern of public utterance in which the first trace of unorthodox thought immediately reveals itself as a jarring dissonance.
more Leonard Shapiro quotes
In 100 years we have gone from teaching Latin and Greek in high school to teaching Remedial English in college.
more Joseph Sobran quotes
Formerly no one was allowed to think freely; now it is permitted, but no one is capable of it any more. Now people want to think only what they are supposed to think, and this they consider freedom.
more Oswald Spengler quotes
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
more Oscar Wilde quotes
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