is dangerous to be right when the
government is wrong.
truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
"As long as the government
is perceived as working for the
benefit of the children,
the people will happily endure almost
any curtailment of liberty
and almost any deprivation."
-- Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler, Publ.
Houghton Miflin, 1943, Page 403
|One evening an old Cherokee told his
grandson about a battle that goes on
|He said, "My son, the battle
is between 2 "wolves" inside
| One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy,
sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity,
guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies,
false pride, superiority, and ego.
|The other is Good. It is joy, peace,
love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness,
benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth,
compassion and faith.
|The grandson thought about it for
a minute and then asked his grandfather:
|"Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied,
|"The one you feed."
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. Joseph Goebbels
FDR said that a "sure bulwark"
of continuing liberty" is a "people
strong enough and well enough informed
to maintain its sovereign control
over the government."
ADAMS said that this government was
designed for a "wise, tolerant,
and religious" people, and was
"wholly unsuited for the governance
of any other."
We hang the petty thieves
and appoint the great ones to public
The only sure bulwark
of continuing liberty is a government
strong enough to protect the interests
of the people, and a people strong enough
and well enough informed to maintain
its sovereign control over the government.
If you go to one demonstration
and then go home, that's something,
but the people in power can live with
that. What they can't live with is sustained
pressure that keeps building, organizations
that keep doing things, people that
keep learning lessons from the last
time and doing it better the next time.
The care of human life
and happiness, and not their destruction,
is the first and only object of good
to) Edmund Burke :
The only thing necessary
for the triumph of evil is for good
men to do nothing.
Find out just what people
will submit to, and you have found out
the exact amount of injustice and wrong
which will be imposed upon them; and
these will continue until they are resisted
with either words or blows, or both.
The limits of tyrants are prescribed
by the endurance of those whom they
Luther King, Jr.:
An individual who breaks
a law that conscience tells him is unjust,
and who willingly accepts the penalty
of imprisonment in order to arouse the
conscience of the community over its
injustice, is in reality expressing
the highest respect for the law.
An imbalance between
rich and poor is the oldest and most
fatal ailment of all republics.
Insanity is doing the same thing over
and over again and expecting different
control gives rise to fraud, suppression
of Truth, intensification of
the black market and artificial scarcity.
all, it unmans the people and deprives
them of initiative, it undoes the teaching
of self-help...I look upon an increase
in the power of the State with the greatest
fear because, although while apparently
doing good by minimizing exploitation,
it does the greatest harm to mankind
by destroying individuality which lies
at the heart of all progress...Among
the many misdeeds of the British rule
in India, history will look upon the
Act depriving a whole nation of arms
as the blackest....We find the general
work of mankind is being carried on
from day to day be the mass of people
acting as if by instinct....If they
were instinctively violent the world
would end in no time...It is when the
mass mind is unnaturally influenced
by wicked men that the mass of mankind
commit violence. But they forget
it as they commit it because they return
to their peaceful nature immediately
the evil influence of the directing
mind has been removed....A government
that is evil has no room for good men
and women except in its prisons.
ON NON-VIOLENT ACTION AND CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
disobedience becomes a sacred duty
when the state has become lawless
or corrupt. And a citizen who barters
with such a state shares in its
corruption and lawlessness...Every
citizen is responsible for every
act of his government...There is
only one sovereign remedy, namely,
Whether we advertise the fact or
not, the moment we cease to support
the government it dies a nature
death....My method is conversion,
not coercion, it is self-suffering,
not the suffering of the tyrant....I
hope the real Swaraj (self-rule)
will come not by the acquisition
of authority by the few but by the
acquisition by all of the courage
to resist authority when abused.
In other words, Swaraj is to be
attained by education the masses
to a sense of their capacity to
regulate ad control authority....
Civil disobedience is the assertion
of a right which law should give
but which it denies...Civil disobedience
presupposes willing obedience of
our self-imposed rules, and without
it civil disobedience would be cruel
joke....Civil disobedience means
capacity for unlimited suffering
without the intoxicating excitement
of killing....Disobedience to be
civil has to be open and nonviolent....Disobedience
to be civil implies discipline,
thought, care, attention...Disobedience
that is wholly civil should never
and civil disobedience are different
but [are] branches of the same tree
call Satyagraha (truth-force)....
Coercion cannot but result in chaos
in the end....One
who uses coercion is guilty of deliberate
violence. Coercion is inhuman....Non-cooperation
with evil is as much a duty as cooperation
with good... Nonviolent action without
the cooperation of the heart and
the head cannot produce the intended
result....All through history the
way of truth and love has always
won. There have been tyrants
and murderers, and for a time they
can seem invincible, but in the
end they always fall, always.