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  •  In the words of Everclear... (2+ / 0-)
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    Tinfoil Hat, davewill

    The prozac doesn't do it for me anymore

    No more soma. No more bread and circuses. Just say no to thought control.

    The more I see what's going on, the more I think of Heinlein:

    As for the second notion, the idea that we could lose our freedom by succumbing to a wave of religious hysteria, I am sorry to say that I consider it possible. I hope that it is not probable. But there is a latent deep strain of religious fanaticism in this, our culture. It is rooted in our history and has broken out many times in the past. It is with us now; there has been a sharp rise in strongly evangelical sects in the country in recent years, some of which hold beliefs theocratic in the extreme, anti- intellectual, anti-scientific, and anti-libertarian."

    "It is a truism that almost any sect, cult or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so. . . . The custodians of the True Faith cannot logically admit tolerance of heresy to be a virtue."

    ". . . Could any one sect obtain a working majority at the polls and take over the country? Perhaps not -- but a combination of the dynamic evangelist, television, enough money, and modern techniques of advertising and propaganda might make Billy Sunday's efforts look like a corner store compared to Sears Roebuck. Throw in a depression for good measure, promise a material heaven here on earth, add a dash of anti-Semitism, anti-Catholicism, Anti-Negroism, and a good large dose of anti- furriners' in general and anti-intellectuals here at home and the result might be something quite frightening -- particularly when one recalls that our voting system is such that a minority distributed as pluralities in enough states can constitute a working majority in Washington."

    ". . . Impossible? Remember the Klan in the Twenties and how far it got without even a dynamic leader. . . The capacity of the human mind for swallowing nonsense and spewing it forth in violent and repressive action has never yet been plumbed."

    (-9.25, -8.56) No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority. -Robert A. Heinlein

    by kyril on Fri May 25, 2007 at 09:26:59 AM PDT

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    •  I am so fucking angry this morning (1+ / 0-)
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      vigilant meerkat

      Thank the FSM for gin

      ". . . Impossible? Remember the Klan in the Twenties and how far it got without even a dynamic leader. . .

      The capacity of the human mind for swallowing nonsense and spewing it forth in violent and repressive action has never yet been plumbed.

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      "As individual fingers we can easily be broken, but all together, we make a mighty fist" Watanka Tatanka (Sitting Bull)

      by Tinfoil Hat on Fri May 25, 2007 at 09:49:47 AM PDT

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