The Origins of Totalitarianism
October 17, 2004 3:43 PM Subscribe
"Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of man who can fabricate it... The stubbornness with which totalitarian dictators have clung to their original lies in the fact of absurdity is more than superstitious gratitude to what turned the trick, and, at least in the case of Stalin, cannot be explained by the psychology of the liar whose very success may make him his own last victim. Once these propaganda slogans are integrated into a 'living organization,' they cannot be safely eliminated without wrecking the whole structure." -- Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, 1951.
This post was deleted for the following reason: enough with the bush=hitler already. sheesh.
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