Overflight, 27

“We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions. We are haunted, not by reality, but by those images we have put in their place.”
Daniel Boorstin, as quoted in zhibit.org/diemythographer

“They who have put out the peoples eyes reproach them of their blindness.”
John Milton, as quoted in zhibit.org/diemythographer

“To deny the possibility of false consciousness is to assume there has been no indoctrination, no socialization… no control of information and commentary, no limitation of the topics to be considered in the national debate, no predetermination of issue agendas, and that a whole array of powers have not helped prestructure how we see and define our own interests and options.”
Michael Parenti, Dirty Truths, as quoted in zhibit.org/diemythographer

“You can fool some of the people all of the time and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.”
George W. Bush, ‘joking’ at a Gridiron Club dinner, Washington, D.C., March 2001, as quoted in zhibit.org/diemythographer

“All that was required of them was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working hours or shorter rations. And even when they became discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontent led nowhere, because, being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances. The larger evils invariably escaped their notice.”
George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty−Four, as quoted in zhibit.org/diemythographer

“… there was no point in seeking to convert the intellectuals. For intellectuals would never be converted and would anyway always yield to the stronger, ‘and this will always be the man in the street.’ Arguments must therefore be crude, clear and forcible, and appeal to emotions and instincts, not the intellect. Truth was unimportant and entirely subordinate to tactics and psychology… Hatred and contempt must be directed at particular individuals.”
Hugh Trevor−Roper, ed., The Goebbels Diaries, as quoted in zhibit.org/diemythographer