quotes tagged with 'politics', page 9

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Author: Mahatma Gandhi, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in politics fight revolution opposition change leadership activism 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
I would say that rather than worrying about dictation from Salt Lake City, we should be more concerned about whether or not Mitt Romney is able to use the agency of the government for the idealistic ends that are truly his legacy as a Latter-day Saint.
Author: Richard L. Bushman, Source: http://pewforum.org/events/?EventID=148Saved by richardkmiller in politics government mittromney mormon 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The freemen of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.
Author: James Madison, Source: A Memorial and Remonstrance, 1785Saved by cboyack in politics liberty government freedom power principle law watchdog citizen 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
In the ethical sense, propaganda bears the same relation to education as to business or politics. It may be abused. It may be used to over-advertise an institution and to create in the public mind artificial values. There can be no absolute guarantee against its misuse.
Author: Edward Bernays, Source: Propaganda, p. 145Saved by cboyack in politics education propaganda business ethics abuse 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Ours must be a leadership democracy administered by the intelligent minority who know how to regiment and guide the masses.

Is this government by propaganda? Call it, if you prefer, government by education. But education, in the academic sense of the word, is not sufficient. It must be enlightened expert propaganda through the creation of circumstances, through the high-spotting of significant events, and the dramatization of important issues. The statesman of the future will thus be enabled to focus the public mind on crucial points of policy and regiment a vast, heterogeneous mass of voters to clear understanding and intelligent action.
Author: Edward Bernays, Source: Propaganda, p. 127-8Saved by cboyack in politics government education propaganda leader circumstance democracy manipulation 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
It is not necessary for the politician to be the slave of the public's group prejudices, if he can learn how to mold the mind of the voters in conformity with his own ideas of public welfare and public service. The important thing for the statesman of our age is not so much to know how to please the public, but to know how to sway the public.
Author: Edward Bernays, Source: Propaganda, p. 119Saved by cboyack in politics government propaganda influence leader service sway manipulation 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The great political problem in our modern democracy is how to induce our leaders to lead.... No serious sociologist any longer believes that the voice of the people expresses any divine or specially wise and lofty idea. The voice of the people expresses the mind of the people, and that mind is made up for it by the group leaders in whom it believes and by those persons who understand the manipulation of public opinion. It is compose of inherited prejudices and symbols and clichés and verbal formulas supplied to them by the leaders.
Author: Edward Bernays, Source: Propaganda, p. 109Saved by cboyack in politics government propaganda lie public leader opinion democracy conformity 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it.

Author: Clarence Darrow (1857 - 1938), Source: unknownSaved by uuaa in politics president stupidity 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
In the representative system, the reason for everything must publicly appear. Every man is a proprietor in government, and considers it a necessary part of his business to understand. It concerns his interest, because it affects his property. He examines the cost, and compares it with the advantages; and above all, he does not adopt the slavish custom of following what in other governments are called LEADERS.
Author: Thomas Paine, Source: Rights of Man, p. 123Saved by cboyack in politics government public leader citizen republic statesman citizenship representation 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790), Source: Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759Saved by kckern11 in politics 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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