So simple

Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.

[Interviewer:] There is one difference. In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.

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.

Hermann Goering, 1945 discussion with Gustave Gilbert

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2 thoughts on “So simple

  1. Whoops – Liquid Egg Product pointed out I had this as a 1947 conversation, which would have been extra interesting because Goering was dead at the time. Evidently I was confused by sloppy grammar on Wikipedia.

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