Saturday, March 12, 2005

Words of great import

In an authoritarian state it is considered permissible to alter the truth; to rewrite history retrospectively, to distort the news, suppress the true, add the false. Propaganda is substituted for information. In fact, in such a country you are not a citizen possessor of rights but a subject, and as such you owe to the State (and to the dictator who represents it) fanatical loyalty and supine obedience.

-Primo Levi


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