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 Post subject: Government quote
PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:17 pm 
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From H. L. Mencken
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All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him.
If it be aristocratic in organization, then it seeks to protect the man who is superior only in law against the man who is superior in fact; if it be democratic, then it seeks to protect the man who is inferior in every way against both.
One of its primary functions is to regiment men by force, to make them as much alike as possible and as dependent upon one another as possible, to search out and combat originality among them.
All it can see in an original idea is potential change, and hence an invasion of its prerogatives.
The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos.
Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it.
And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.

"Le Contrat Social", in: Prejudices: Third Series (1922)
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Ment = mind

Government means to govern the mind.

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Reminds me of

The nail that sticks up gets hammered down

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 Post subject: Re: Government quote
PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2020 5:59 pm 
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peregrinus wrote: *
Reminds me of

The nail that sticks up gets hammered down
Reminds me of the Matrix.

Morpheus : We've survived by hiding from them, by running from them. But they are the gatekeepers. They are guarding all the doors, they are holding all the keys. Which means that sooner or later, someone is going to have to fight them.

Neo : Someone?

Morpheus : I've seen an agent punch through a concrete wall; men have emptied entire clips at them and hit nothing but air; yet, their strength, and their speed, are still based in a world that is built on rules. Because of that, they will never be as strong, or as fast, as *you* can be.

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