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dictatorships-are-never-as-strong-as-they-think-they-are-people-are-never-as-weak-as-they-think-they-are-gene-sharp
we-preach-democracy-while-supporting-dictatorships-james-w-loewen
there-has-never-been-communism-that-worked-they-were-all-dictatorships-oligarchies-every-single-one-david-crosby
every-one-worlds-dictatorships-can-does-claim-to-be-acting-in-name-people-harold-h-greene
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i-sing-against-emotional-dictatorships-against-imposition-one-person-over-another-in-name-love-concha-buika
terrorism-works-better-as-tactic-for-dictatorships-for-wouldbe-dictators-than-for-revolutionaries-christopher-hitchens
dictatorships-dont-always-die-when-dictator-leaves-office-mohamed-nasheed
democracies-unlike-dictatorships-are-forgiving-generous-but-they-cannot-survive-unless-they-fight-jalal-talabani
only-free-west-can-help-prisoners-todays-left-rightwing-dictatorships-barbara-amiel
the-all-but-unanimous-judgment-seems-to-be-that-we-democracies-are-just-as-responsible-for-rise-dictators-as-dictatorships-themselves-perhaps-harry-emerson-fosdick
that-worst-evil-long-dictatorships-loss-all-political-experience-james-cameron
the-united-states-condoned-dictatorships-in-latin-america-for-much-20th-century-carlos-fuentes
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i-hate-war-for-dictatorships-it-puts-in-place-democracies-for-starvation-that-stalks-after-it-harry-emerson-fosdick
i-came-from-two-harsh-dictatorships-nazi-stalinist-i-never-thought-becoming-writer-as-such-yet-in-lucid-moment-i-recognised-what-i-had-to-do
contrary-to-popular-opinion-even-totalitarian-dictatorships-are-dependent-on-population-societies-they-rule-gene-sharp
dictatorships-start-wars-because-they-need-external-enemies-to-exert-internal-control-over-their-own-people-richard-perle
this-is-ideological-colonization-they-colonize-people-with-ideas-that-try-to-change-mentalities-structures-but-this-is-not-new-this-was-done-by-pope-francis
the-reason-that-democracies-always-defeat-dictatorships-is-because-theyre-open-to-debate-we-should-never-allow-washington-to-say-shut-up-get-in-line-ralph-nader
should-we-continue-to-spend-billions-to-subsidize-foreign-military-dictatorships-should-we-concentrate-on-taking-better-care-one-we-have-right-here-at-home
it-serves-notice-that-president-bush-is-serious-about-promoting-freedom-because-free-societies-are-lot-more-peaceable-than-dictatorships-monarchies-tony-snow
dictatorships-sometimes-fall-unexpectedly-quickly-and-vladimir-putin-knows-that-for-him-loss-power-doesnt-mean-comfortable-retirement-but-garry-kasparov
the-holy-book-calls-upon-muslims-to-resist-tyranny-dictatorships-in-pakistan-however-long-have-therefore-always-collapsed-in-face-this-spirit-benazir-bhutto
isnt-it-about-time-that-the-us-government-stop-supporting-dictatorships-and-avaricious-oligarchies-with-our-tax-monies-munitions-and-diplomacy
true-individual-freedom-cannot-exist-without-economic-security-independence-people-who-are-hungry-out-job-are-stuff-which-dictatorships-are-made-franklin-d-roosevelt
when-united-states-aligns-with-dictatorships-totalitarian-regimes-it-compromises-basic-democratic-principles-its-foundation-namely-life-liberty-benazir-bhutto
when-it-comes-to-racism-discrimination-corruption-public-lies-dictatorships-human-rights-you-have-to-take-stand-as-reporter-because-i-think-our-responsibility-as-journalist-is-to
we-must-learn-especially-we-germans-that-resistance-is-not-only-possible-allowed-in-dictatorships-there-is-resistance-that-man-must-perform-every-day
in-our-modern-age-in-age-free-information-i-dont-think-there-is-any-place-for-dictatorships
governments-whether-theyre-dictatorships-democracies-reflect-people-when-people-get-fed-up-they-throw-them-out-ron-paul
in-constitutional-states-liberty-is-compensation-for-heavy-taxes-in-dictatorships-subsititue-is-light-taxes-baron-de-montesquieu
dictatorships-do-cut-down-on-rape-pillage-not-to-mention-sexual-harassment-by-simple-expedient-sending-people-to-labour-camps-for-life-cutting-off-their-hands-without-trial
true-individual-freedom-cannot-exist-without-economic-security-independence-people-who-are-hungry-out-job-are-stuff-which-dictatorships-are-made-freedom-franklin-d-roosevelt
so-i-think-we-should-stay-focused-on-real-problem-in-middle-east-its-not-israel-its-these-dictatorships-that-are-developing-nuclear-weapons-with-benjamin-netanyahu
north-korea-has-taught-great-lesson-to-all-countries-in-world-especially-rogue-countries-dictatorships-whatever-if-you-dont-want-to-be-invaded-michael-moore
as-rule-dictatorships-guarantee-safe-streets-terror-doorbell-in-democracy-streets-may-be-unsafe-after-dark-but-most-likely-visitor-in-early-adam-michnik
powerful-dictatorships-that-make-their-leaders-powerful-need-to-stage-wars-to-get-ordinary-people-to-march-in-lockstep-like-mindless-nazi-robots-that-michael-a-ledeen
who-closes-eyes-to-dictatorships-kneels-his-eyelids-qui-ferme-les-yeux-aux-dictatures-agenouille-en-fait-les-paupieres-charles-de-leusse
in-dictatorships-you-need-courage-to-fight-evil-in-free-world-you-need-courage-to-see-evil-natan-sharansky
To begin with, we have to be more clear about what we mean by patriotic feelings. For a time when I was in high school, I cheered for the school athletic teams. That's a form of patriotism - group loyalty. It can take pernicious forms, but in itself it can be quite harmless, maybe even positive. At the national level, what "patriotism" means depends on how we view the society. Those with deep totalitarian commitments identify the state with the society, its people, and its culture. Therefore those who criticized the policies of the Kremlin under Stalin were condemned as "anti-Soviet" or "hating Russia". For their counterparts in the West, those who criticize the policies of the US government are "anti-American" and "hate America"; those are the standard terms used by intellectual opinion, including left-liberal segments, so deeply committed to their totalitarian instincts that they cannot even recognize them, let alone understand their disgraceful history, tracing to the origins of recorded history in interesting ways. For the totalitarian, "patriotism" means support for the state and its policies, perhaps with twitters of protest on grounds that they might fail or cost us too much. For those whose instincts are democratic rather than totalitarian, "patriotism" means commitment to the welfare and improvement of the society, its people, its culture. That's a natural sentiment and one that can be quite positive. It's one all serious activists share, I presume; otherwise why take the trouble to do what we do? But the kind of "patriotism" fostered by totalitarian societies and military dictatorships, and internalized as second nature by much of intellectual opinion in more free societies, is one of the worst maladies of human history, and will probably do us all in before too long. With regard to the US, I think we find a mix. Every effort is made by power and doctrinal systems to stir up the more dangerous and destructive forms of "patriotism"; every effort is made by people committed to peace and justice to organize and encourage the beneficial kinds. It's a constant struggle. When people are frightened, the more dangerous kinds tend to emerge, and people huddle under the wings of power. Whatever the reasons may be, by comparative standards the US has been a very frightened country for a long time, on many dimensions. Quite commonly in history, such fears have been fanned by unscrupulous leaders, seeking to implement their own agendas. These are commonly harmful to the general population, which has to be disciplined in some manner: the classic device is to stimulate fear of awesome enemies concocted for the purpose, usually with some shreds of realism, required even for the most vulgar forms of propaganda. Germany was the pride of Western civilization 70 years ago, but most Germans were whipped to presumably genuine fear of the Czech dagger pointed at the heart of Germany (is that crazier than the Nicaraguan or Grenadan dagger pointed at the heart of the US, conjured up by the people now playing the same game today?), the Jewish-Bolshevik conspiracy aimed at destroying the Aryan race and the civilization that Germany had inherited from Greece, etc. That's only the beginning. A lot is at stake.

Noam Chomsky
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Let us fool ourselves no longer. At the very moment Western nations, threw off the ancient regime of absolute government, operating under a once-divine king, they were restoring this same system in a far more effective form in their technology, reintroducing coercions of a military character no less strict in the organization of a factory than in that of the new drilled, uniformed, and regimented army. During the transitional stages of the last two centuries, the ultimate tendency of this system might b e in doubt, for in many areas there were strong democratic reactions; but with the knitting together of a scientific ideology, itself liberated from theological restrictions or humanistic purposes, authoritarian technics found an instrument at hand that h as now given it absolute command of physical energies of cosmic dimensions. The inventors of nuclear bombs, space rockets, and computers are the pyramid builders of our own age: psychologically inflated by a similar myth of unqualified power, boasting through their science of their increasing omnipotence, if not omniscience, moved by obsessions and compulsions no less irrational than those of earlier absolute systems: particularly the notion that the system itself must be expanded, at whatever eventual co st to life. Through mechanization, automation, cybernetic direction, this authoritarian technics has at last successfully overcome its most serious weakness: its original dependence upon resistant, sometimes actively disobedient servomechanisms, still human enough to harbor purposes that do not always coincide with those of the system. Like the earliest form of authoritarian technics, this new technology is marvellously dynamic and productive: its power in every form tends to increase without limits, in quantities that defy assimilation and defeat control, whether we are thinking of the output of scientific knowledge or of industrial assembly lines. To maximize energy, speed, or automation, without reference to the complex conditions that sustain organic life, have become ends in themselves. As with the earliest forms of authoritarian technics, the weight of effort, if one is to judge by national budgets, is toward absolute instruments of destruction, designed for absolutely irrational purposes whose chief by-product would be the mutilation or extermination of the human race. Even Ashurbanipal and Genghis Khan performed their gory operations under normal human limits. The center of authority in this new system is no longer a visible personality, an all-powerful king: even in totalitarian dictatorships the center now lies in the system itself, invisible but omnipresent: all its human components, even the technical and managerial elite, even the sacred priesthood of science, who alone have access to the secret knowledge by means of which total control is now swiftly being effected, are themselves trapped by the very perfection of the organization they have invented. Like the Pharoahs of the Pyramid Age, these servants of the system identify its goods with their own kind of well-being: as with the divine king, their praise of the system is an act of self-worship; and again like the king, they are in the grip of an irrational compulsion to extend their means of control and expand the scope of their authority. In this new systems-centered collective, this Pentagon of power, there is no visible presence who issues commands: unlike job's God, the new deities cannot be confronted, still less defied. Under the pretext of saving labor, the ultimate end of this technics is to displace life, or rather, to transfer the attributes of life to the machine and the mechanical collective, allowing only so much of the organism to remain as may be controlled and manipulated.

Lewis Mumford
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