Goebbels said:
If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. 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 is the greatest enemy of the State.

Democracy is only an incubating idea when dissent isn't a part of its fabric. If it takes the master fascist propagandist taking the ills of existence with a crippled foot out on humanity to understand this unfortunate malaise we currently wad through, so be it. Sometimes I wonder if he'd have been a strong healthy blond Aryan, whether he would have been so effectively ruthless in his methods. I have the feeling with Geobbels that part of what drove him to succeed, if that's what you want to call it, was his fear of not belonging and his fear of being labelled a bourgeois intellectual who studied closely under a renowned Goethe scholar who happened to be Jewish, Friedrich Gundolf.

These are fascist times indeed. The lie that became common currency and led to the most recent war--and the one I can related quite intimately with this quote--was Iraq had weapons of mass destruction...even worse, Iraq had nuclear weapons. I wish the teachers of Bush Inc. were a bit smarter than Goebbels'. Ironically enough, it is by virtue of their stupidity that they are able to continue governing and not have to accept any responsibility for the mess they've made. Who are the teachers of this group anyway? Reality remains a forthought for their ilk...their likudnik ilk. And I have no reason to believe the sincerity of Condi or anybody in the administration's statements regarding Palestinian self-determination and statehood. Nor do I believe for a moment there will not be permanent bases in Iraq for the foreseeable future. And this will prevent true Iraqi self-determination. Please, at least be smart enough and read your history. I recommend Al-Wardi.

I'll be getting to the NY Times book soon. I've been a bit under the weather. Hope everybody's doing well.



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