Politics

Hitler has imposed a new categorical imperative upon unfree humanity: to arrange our thinking and conduct, so that Auschwitz never repeats itself, so that nothing similar ever happen again.

Adorno, Negative Dialectics, Part Three, III, §2, Redmond translation (altered)

Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed.

Vanity Fair

If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.

Lyndon Johnson (attributed)

This is the real crisis in democracy. People have no use for a freedom which cheats them of redress. If confidence in political democracy is to be sustained, political freedom must arm itself with economic power. [That is: politics needs to be able to change the economy.]

Aneurin Bevan, In Place of Fear

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