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 becomes the greatest enemy of the State.
Daily Archives: March 24, 2012
We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.
We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
A tyrant’s best ally has always been an apathetic populace. Citizens of Germany learned that awful truth in 1939.
The worst forms of tyranny, or certainly the most successful ones, are not those we rail against but those that so insinuate themselves into the imagery of our consciousness, and the fabric of our lives, as not to be perceived as tyranny.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.