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:: Tuesday, March 18, 2003 ::

Same old story?

A dear friend from south London sent me this quote today:

"Of course the people don't want war....that is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."

My first thought was that it sounded very much like one of those rare off-the-record alcohol-induced candid remark made in a Westminster boozer at closing time by some politician, maybe only last night (after all, the guy that sent it to me is a journalist)...then I read on to find out that it was uttered by Hermann Goering.

The bitter taste of those words made me wonder if those who rule believe the can always whistle the same tune, and if (wo)mankind can, in reply, sing back a totally new song?

And then another quote came to mind, something Sadie Plant once said: "Intelligence is no longer on the side of power"


:: ashleyb Tuesday, March 18, 2003 [+] ::
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:: Friday, March 07, 2003 ::
Retro hobbies in mp3

Take a break: why not make a tape recorder or play a game of ping pong?

(both gems found here)


:: ashleyb Friday, March 07, 2003 [+] ::
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:: Wednesday, March 05, 2003 ::
Haiku blues

Sad faces, sadder
still under artificial
light; sun shines outside



:: ashleyb Wednesday, March 05, 2003 [+] ::
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:: Monday, March 03, 2003 ::
Trainstopping

Italian anti-war activists take up trainstopping.


:: ashleyb Monday, March 03, 2003 [+] ::
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