Saturday, March 30, 2013
Sunday, March 3, 2013
“Naturally the common people don’t want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, 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. 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 peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. IT WORKS THE SAME IN ANY COUNTRY.”
Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials.
Who would have thought that this would be the political theorist most listened to by our rulers.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Now this is a blast from my past. I remember being upstairs in a bedroom my uncle's and listening to this over and over (and over and over). I suspect that the old place was so well built and insulated that they really couldn't hear the record down stairs. There is also the fact that it was a farm and most everybody else was probably out working while I was inside goofing off.
I'd have probably been six, seven, or eight at the time and in that time and place the adults were out working and the kids, even at those ages, were left on their own. The only basic rule was that we not burn down the farm or cut off a major body part while the adults were out working.
Otherwise, we were pretty much on our own. They did expect to see us during meals, and I would guess if one of us hadn't shown up they'd have begun to wonder. But I suspect that we would have had to miss more than one for them to start worrying. Closer to Huck then I could imagine when I was growing up. I do feel sorry for kids now a days.