Fox News 101: What Every Authoritarian Knows

Hermann Goering to Captain G. Gilbert, Nuremberg, 1945:

“Naturally the common people don’t want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

And here’s an image of Goering, taken by an American soldier, after he poisoned himself with cyanide while in U.S. custody:

Though perhaps apocryphal, Goering is also purported to have said in response to liberal intellectual and urban culture (such as existed in Berlin): “When I hear the word culture, I reach for my gun.”

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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