sangxanta (sangxanta) wrote,
sangxanta
sangxanta

I'd never seen this.

“Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine 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 to 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 Göring

It seems surprisingly true.

In other news, I filed a card to the Flora of the Presidency of Madras today. Normally a flora is a sort of detailed index and description of the flora of a particular location. This makes me think of exciting things. And even more exciting things. And this too.
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