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How to Get People to Do Things

Posted by Rick · May 31st, 2004 · 1 Comment

Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don’t want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the 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 tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. — Hermann Goering, April 18, 1946, while awaiting the Nuremberg trials.

Categories: The War President


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  • 1 Bob // May 31, 2004 at 9:03 am

    That is, perhaps, the scariest thing I have ever read.

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