Some quotes (that fit the times)

The first step in a fascist movement is the combination under an energetic
leader of a number of men who possess more than the average share of
leisure, brutality, and stupidity. The next step is to fascinate fools
and muzzle the intelligent, by emotional excitement on the one hand and
terrorism on the other. (Bertrand Russell: Freedom, Harcourt Brace, 1940)

“Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have come through
people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was
false.” : Bertrand Russell

Dogma demands authority, rather than intelligent thought, as the source of
opinion; it requires persecution of heretics and hostility to
unbelievers; it asks of its disciples that they should inhibit natural
kindliness in favor of systematic hatred. – Bertrand Russell, Unpopular essays

“Philosophy should always know that indifference is a militant thing. It batters
down the walls of cities and murders the women and children amid the
flames and the purloining of altar vessels. When it goes away it leaves
smoking ruins, where lie citizens bayonetted through the throat. It is
not a children’s pastime like mere highway robbery.” : Stephen Crane

Unhappy events abroad have retaught us two simple truths about the liberty of a democratic people. The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of a private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. (FDR: message to Congress proposing the monopoly investigation\

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