Thursday, January 26, 2012

The drums of war by Julius Caesar

Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order
to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism
is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood,
just as it narrows the mind.

"And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch
and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed,
the leader will have no need in seizing the rights
of the citizenry.

Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism,
will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so.
"How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."
A quote attributed to Julius Caesar

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