Friday, January 29, 2010

A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.

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How Lucky It Is for Our Politicians That Americans Do Not Think

By John W. Whitehead

“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”--Edward R. Murrow
the problem is not so much that people cannot think but that they do not think.
It cannot be said that the German people were ignorant of Hitler’s agenda or his Nazi ideology. Nazi literature, including statements of the Nazi plans for the future, had papered the country for a decade before Hitler came to power. In fact, Hitler’s book Mein Kampf, which was his blueprint for totalitarianism, sold more than 200,000 copies between 1925 and 1932.
Clearly, the problem was not that the German people did not think but that their thinking was poisoned by the enveloping climate of ideas that they came to accept as important. At a certain point, the trivial became important, and obedience to the government in pursuit of security over freedom became predominant.
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