The mass media have a great power over the population, and the politics know that, and use them more than anyone. They play a key role for the development of public opinion and the formation of ideologies.
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Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.
When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.
Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.
All ideologies are idiotic, whether religious or political, for it is conceptual thinking, the conceptual word, which has so unfortunately divided man.
If you want to study the social and political history of modern nations, study hell.
Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
There is massive propaganda for everyone to consume. Consumption is good for profits and consumption is good for the political establishment.
Most of the energy of political work is devoted to correcting the effects of mismanagement of government.
The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority.
Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
Political extremism involves two prime ingredients: an excessively simple diagnosis of the world’s ills, and a conviction that there are identifiable villains back of it all.
John W. Gardner
No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses.
Imagine a political system so radical as to promise to move more of the poorest 20% of the population into the richest 20% than remain in the poorest bracket within the decade? You don’t need to imagine it. It’s called the United States of America.
It’s plain hokum. If you can’t convince ’em, confuse ’em. It’s an old political trick. But this time it won’t work.
Harry S. Truman
The human being is in the most literal sense a political animal, not merely a gregarious animal, but an animal which can individuate itself only in the midst of society.
Believe me, the intellectual revolution is going on, and that has to come first before you see the political changes. That’s where I’m very optimistic.
It is economic power that determines political power, and governments become the political functionaries of economic power.
The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice.
Reports that say something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.
Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.
Henry A. Wallace
Nixon was the most dishonest individual I have ever met in my life. He lied to his wife, his family, his friends, his colleagues in the Congress, lifetime members of his own political party, the American people and the world.
Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity, quite apart from political considerations of the moment, believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace.
The political lesson of Watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election.
Gerald R. Ford
For Russia, there is not and there may not be another political option but democracy. However, Russian democracy is… not at all the realization of standards imposed on us from outside.
Power is the great aphrodisiac.
Henry A. Kissinger
The political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and the means can never be considered in isolation form their purposes.
Carl von Clausewitz
In our political system, money is power. And that means a few can have a lot more power than the rest. That’s bad news for everyone else – and for our democracy itself.
People might not protest for overtly political or social causes, but when they can’t feed themselves and their family, they will take to the streets.
Many Jews are not Zionists and many non-Jews are. Zionism is a political movement, not a race. To say Zionism is the Jewish people is like saying the Democratic Party is the American people. Jewish people who oppose Zionism, however, have been given a very hard time.
Quite frankly, I think political correctness is the worst form of censorship. You’re not allowed to speak your mind unless you’re black, or unless you’re a terrorist, or unless you’re an Arab or a minority people. Then you can say what you like. But if you are like a lot of us you are not supposed to say certain things.
Once upon a time my political opponents honored me as possessing the fabulous intellectual and economic power by which I created a worldwide depression all by myself.
The workers of the nation were tired of waiting for corporate industry to right their economic wrongs, to alleviate their social agony and to grant them their political rights. Despairing of fair treatment, they resolved to do something for themselves.
John L. Lewis
A media system wants ostensible diversity that conceals an actual uniformity
Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels
Top-down authority structures turn employees into bootlickers, breed pointless struggles for political advantage, and discourage dissent.
Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.
Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and all for the same reason.
José Maria de Eça de Queiroz
Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against.
Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
I believe in working together to solve the problems we’ve got. And we need to get rid of the venom in the political atmosphere in D.C. It’s a poisonous atmosphere.
Genocide begins, however improbably, in the conviction that classes of biological distinction indisputably sanction social and political discrimination.
It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely!
John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton
Unquestionably, American political rhetoric can be repugnant, and the Right can certainly be as guilty as the Left.
It has now become the doctrine of a large clan of politicians that political honesty is unnecessary, slow, subversive of a man’s interests, and incompatible with quick onward movement.
Dialogue is the basis of Indian culture, and we don’t want to make any enemies. Political and ideological adversaries, perhaps, but not enemies.
Crony capitalism is essentially a condition in which… public officials are giving favours to people in the private sector in payment of political favours.
No politician should ever let himself be photographed in a bathing suit.
[The American President] has to take all sorts of abuse from liars and demagogues. … The people can never understand why the President does not use his supposedly great power to make ’em behave. Well, all the President is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.
Harry S. Truman
It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true.
Parliamentary democracy itself is based on a conceptualisation of the relationship between ruler and ruled that is dead. In that conceptualisation, we the people accept being ruled by a tiny elite as long as we get to choose which tiny elite is doing the ruling. The problem is that the populations of the advanced economies increasingly don’t like the idea of being ruled by a tiny elite whether they have chosen them or not.