How to Manipulate the Masses

The Rutland Herald has a great review of the exhibit, Memories of WWII: Archives of the Associated Press, at the Southern Vermont Arts Center.

I’m not sure I can sleep tonight after reading this:

“Agonizing as it is to admit, Göring himself made a statement during the Nuremberg trials that is unnervingly germane to the state of the world today.

He said, ‘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.'”

That sounds way too true and way too familiar.