Wednesday, February 14, 2024

From the Nobel Lecture (1950)

Freedom, democracy, human rights, international morality, peace itself, mean different things to different men. Words, in a constant flow of propaganda—itself an instrument of war—are employed to confuse, mislead, and debase the common man.

Democracy is prostituted to dignify enslavement; freedom and equality are held good for some men but withheld from others by and in allegedly “democratic” societies; in “free” societies, so-called, individual human rights are severely denied; aggressive adventures are launched under the guise of “liberation.”

Truth and morality are subverted by propaganda, on the cynical assumption that truth is whatever propaganda can induce people to believe.

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