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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Quotations: What Rulers Believe

Joseph Stalin
  • Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.
  • Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas?
  • Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs.
Mao Zedong
  • The cult of xenophobia is the cheapest and surest method of obtaining from the masses the ignorant and savage patriotism, which puts the blame for every political folly or social misfortune upon the foreigner.
Adolf Hitler
  • Terrorism is the best political weapon, for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death.
  • I have not come into this world to make men better, but to make use of their weaknesses.
  • What good fortune for those in power that people do not think.
  • I have sympathy for Mr. Roosevelt, because he marches straight toward his objectives over Congress, lobbies and bureaucracy.
  • [I]n the simplicity of their minds, [people] more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie… It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have such impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and continue to think that there may be some other explanation.
Hermann Göring
  • Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece… But… 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 pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
Winston Churchill
  • What a man! I have lost my heart! (referring to Benito Mussolini, 1927)
  • One may dislike Hitler’s system and yet admire his patriotic achievement. If our country were defeated, I hope we should find a champion as indomitable to restore our courage and lead us back to our place among the nations.
Franklin Roosevelt
  • There seems to be no question that [Mussolini] is really interested in what we are doing and I am much interested and deeply impressed by what he has accomplished and by his evidenced honest purpose of restoring Italy.
  • The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson. (to Colonel Edward House)
Vladimir Lenin
  • Our power does not know liberty or justice. It is established on the destruction of the individual will.
  • The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.
Leon Trotsky
  • The real criminals hide under the cloak of the accusers.
Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Of all our institutions public education is the most important… we must be able to cast a whole generation in the same mould.
  • A man becomes a creature of his uniform.
  • The life of a citizen is the property of his country.
Charles Maurice Talleyrand
  • We were given speech to hide our thoughts.
  • An important art of politicians is to find new names for institutions which under old names have become odious to the public.
Henry Kissinger
  • The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.
Cardinal Richelieu
  • Give me six lines written by the most honorable of men, and I’ll find an excuse in them to hang him.
Joseph Goebbels
  • Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.
  • 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.
Edgar Hoover
  • Justice is incidental to law and order.
William H. Woodin (US Treasury secretary)
  • The Federal Reserve Act lets us print all we’ll need. And it won’t frighten the people. It won’t look like stage money. It’ll be money that looks like real money. (1933)
Benito Mussolini
  • The Truth Apparent, apparent to everyone's eyes who are not blinded by dogmatism, is that men are perhaps weary of Liberty. They have a surfeit of it… we have buried the putrid corpse of liberty … the Italian people are a race of sheep.
Roman Emperor Caracalla
  • As long as we have this [pointing to his sword], we shall not run short of money.
Prince Phillip, duke of Edinburgh
  • I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus.
Charles de Gaulle
  • In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.
Collated by Paul Rosenberg of

Friday, 22 January 2016

Quotes About School and Schooling

Albert Einstein
  • It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
  • School failed me, and I failed the school. It bored me. The teachers behaved like sergeants. I wanted to learn what I wanted to know, but they wanted me to learn for the exam... I felt that my thirst for knowledge was being strangled by my teachers; grades were their only measurement.
  • I learned mostly at home, first from my uncle and then from a student who came to eat with us once a week. He would give me books on physics and astronomy.
  • Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
Baruch Spinoza
  • Academies that are founded at public expense are instituted not so much to cultivate men’s natural abilities as to restrain them.
Marshall McLuhan
  • Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either.
Ivan Illich
  • School is the advertising agency which makes you believe you need the society as it is.
Bertrand Russell
  • Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.
Mary Wollstonecraft
  • There is not, perhaps, in the kingdom, a more dogmatical, or luxurious set of men, than the pedantic tyrants who reside in colleges and preside at public schools.
Agatha Christie
  • I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays, and have things arranged for them, that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Truth has to be repeated constantly, because Error also is being preached all the time, and not just by a few, but by the multitude. In the Press and Encyclopedias, in Schools and Universities, everywhere Error holds sway, feeling happy and comfortable in the knowledge of having Majority on its side.
  • A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows on rows of natural objects, classified with name and form.
Celia Green
  • Education by the State is a contradiction in terms. Intellectual development is only possible to those who have seen through society.
  • It is easier to make people appear equally stupid than to make them equally clever, so teaching methods are adopted which make it practically impossible for anyone to learn anything.
John Stuart Mill
  • A general State education is a mere contrivance for molding people to be exactly like one another: and the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the predominant power in the government or the majority of the existing generation; in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by natural tendency to one over the body.
Ludwig von Mises
  • Education rears disciples, imitators, and routinists, not pioneers of new ideas and creative geniuses. The schools are not nurseries of progress and improvement, but conservatories of tradition and unvarying modes of thought. The mark of the creative mind is that it defies a part of what it has learned or, at least, adds something new to it.
H.L. Mencken
Sigrid Undset
  • I hated school so intensely. It interfered with my freedom. I avoided the discipline by an elaborate technique of being absent-minded during classes.
Abraham Mazlow
  • We know that children are capable of peak experiences and that they happen frequently during childhood. We also know that the present school system is an extremely effective instrument for crushing peak experiences and forbidding their possibility. The natural child-respecting teacher who is not frightened by the sight of children enjoying themselves is a rare sight in classrooms.
Isaac Asimov
  • Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.
Boris Sidis
  • Our young generation is trained by fear into discipline and obedience. We thus suppress the natural genius and originality of the child, we favor and raise mediocrity, and cultivate the philistine, the product of education, ruled by rod, not by thought.
  • It is time that the medical and teaching profession should realize that functional neurosis is not congenital, not inborn, not hereditary, but is the result of a defective, fear-inspiring education in early child life.
Aldous Huxley
  • Children are nowhere taught, in any systematic way, to distinguish true from false, or meaningful from meaningless, statements. Why is this so? Because their elders, even in the democratic countries, do not want them to be given this kind of education.
Buckminster Fuller
  • Education by choice, with its marvelous motivating psychology of desire for truth and the exercise of this desire for truth, will make life ever cleaner and happier, more rhythmical and artistic.
  • Our greatest vulnerability lies in the amount of misinformation and misconditioning of humanity. I’ve found the educations [sic] systems are full of it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bellyful of words and do not know a thing.

Collated by:  Paul Rosenberg of

Friday, 15 January 2016

We Can See Propaganda by Accepting Nothing and Questioning Everything

Where previously the British Military were allowing 'embedded' journalists to report on their actions this has now changed and a new unit within the army has been formed which has drawn together several previously independent units.  Known since 2015 as the 77th Brigade (which is a hat-tip to Orde Wingate the British officer who formed a 77th Brigade in WWII Burma and who is a much revered Zionist hero who trained for and established brutal and murderous fighting techniques against the indigenous Palestinian resistance & ), a renaming of the Security Assistance Group, this unit now comprises of :

  • No.1 Column - Planning support focusing on the behavioural analysis of actors, audiences and adversaries
  • No.2 Column - Provides the detail synchronisation and delivery of effect
  • No.3 Column - Provides highly deployable specialists to other parts of the Armed Forces and other Government organisations
  • No.4 Column - Provides professional specialists in Security Capacity Building in Defence
  • No.5 Column - Media Operations and Civil Affairs
  • No.6 Column - Apparently does not exist following just a Brigade traditional (if you want to believe that)
& more recently
  • No.7 Column - The Engineer and Logistics Staff Corps - A powerful and influential specialist Army Reserve unit providing engineering, logistics and communication consultancy to both the MOD and across government agencies.

So if you want honesty and truth of what is occurring in war zones you can guess this genius club will put their spun onto wherever they can (in not only the mainstream media but also in social media and who knows where in independent media too).

Beyond perhaps the limit of their thinking would be to accept the military have been acting under illegal orders and take immediate steps to put right the wrongs they have perpetrated under the laws of war and natural law.

Under the former Security Assistance Group, the unit included the following units:[3]