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"...public opinion deserves to be respected as well as despised" G.W.F. Hegel, 'Philosophy of Right'

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March 19, 2003

'All warfare is based on deception'.

The Sun tzu Art of War

Today we add including the deception of public opinion.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:49 PM | | Comments (1)


Indeed. Here's what I found just a couple days ago: "Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war to whip the citizenry into a political fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."

-- Julius Caesar (101-44 BC)