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Monday Quote

If I could, I would copy out Madeleine Albright's new book, Fascism: A Warning, in its entirety.

If I had to choose, would it be Mussolini vowing to "drain the swamp"? The reminder that both Il Duce and Hitler "arrived in the nation's highest office without ever having won a majority vote, yet by constitutional means"? How about this: "His murderous ambition, avowed racism, and utter immorality were given the thinnest mask, and yet millions of Germans were drawn to Hitler precisely because he seemed authentic."

"... [C]aring about others and about the proposition that we are all created equal is the single most effective antidote to the self-centered moral numbness that allows Fascism to thrive."

Good guys don't always win, especially when they are divided and less determined than their adversaries. The desire for liberty may be ingrained in every human breast, but so is the potential for complacency, confusion , and cowardice.

[Joseph] McCarthy would neither have become a sensation, nor ruined the careers of so many innocent people, had he not received support from some of the nation's leading newspapers and financing from right-wingers with deep pockets. He would have been exposed much sooner had his wild accusations not been met with silence by many mainstream political leaders from both parties who were uncomfortable with his bullying tactics but lacked the courage to call his bluff.





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