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November 29, 2010

Quote Of The Day

by Brad Warbiany

Will Wilkinson writing for The Economist:

To get at the value of WikiLeaks, I think it’s important to distinguish between the government—the temporary, elected authors of national policy—and the state—the permanent bureaucratic and military apparatus superficially but not fully controlled by the reigning government. The careerists scattered about the world in America’s intelligence agencies, military, and consular offices largely operate behind a veil of secrecy executing policy which is itself largely secret. American citizens mostly have no idea what they are doing, or whether what they are doing is working out well. The actually-existing structure and strategy of the American empire remains a near-total mystery to those who foot the bill and whose children fight its wars. And that is the way the elite of America’s unelected permanent state, perhaps the most powerful class of people on Earth, like it.

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  • Akston

    Eloquent. It reminds me of two things.

    In the essay “War is the Health of the State”, Randolph Bourne describes the distinction between country, state, and government. In it, he discusses how war can be useful to government by focusing the public on its allegiance to the state. Many abuses are tolerated when “at war”, even if that “war” is on a tactic called terrorism and cannot possibly end by surrender. How would “terrorists” universally surrender and end that war? Endlessly useful.

    The second thing that came to mind is a quote from Mark Twain:

    “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”

  • Akston

    This link should work better than the one above.

  • procopius

    John Boehner Discussing Ways to PREVENT Ron Paul from Becoming Chairman of the sub-committee for Domestic Monetary Policy!

    http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/10_50/b4207035613107.htm

    Globalist politicians masquerading as Republicans cannot even allow Ron Paul (one of the founders of the modern Tea Party) to chair a SUB-COMMITTEE.

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