Thursday, June 17, 2010
You are not great just because your country is rich and powerful
I just finished reading Ron Paul's excellent book The Revolution - A Manifesto.
Seriously, a must read for anyone, especially Americans.
Ron Paul is truly a well educated, intelligent and no nonsense type of guy.
I couldn't resist sharing this small excerpt:
“In other words, the problem of empire-building is essentially mystical.
It must somehow foster the impression that a man is great in the degree that his nation is great; that a German as such is superior to a Belgian as such; an Englishman, to an Irishman; an American, to a Mexican: merely because the first-named countries are in each case more powerful than their comparatives.
And people who have no individual stature whatsoever are willing to accept this poisonous nonsense because it gives them a sense of importance without the trouble of any personal effort.”
– Felix Morley (1957), in an essay explaining Hitler’s approach