30 November 2012

Words of Wisdom

or prophecy, take your pick....

so anyway, I sure wish I remembered where I found this:

“Everything which might cause doubt about the wisdom of the government or create discontent will be kept from the people. The basis of unfavorable comparisons with elsewhere, the knowledge of possible alternatives to the course actually taken, information which might suggest failure on the part of the government to live up to its promises or to take advantage of opportunities to improve conditions--all will be suppressed. There is consequently no field where the systematic control of information will not be practiced and uniformity of views not enforced.” 
--Friedrich A. von Hayek, The Road to Serfdom, 1943
I'm adding that quote to the sidebar once I decide where to put it.  As for where I found it, I haven't a clue.  See also, Blogroll (If you posted this on your blog yesterday let me know.  It's policy around here to only steal with attribution.)

One snippet of this quote caught my eye:
"...information which might suggest failure on the part of the government to live up to its promises or to take advantage of opportunities to improve conditions--all will be suppressed."
Park that little tidbit in the back of your mind until next Friday when the November unemployment numbers are published.  It would not surprise me in the least if the headlines next Friday read:

Great News, Comrades! The unemployment rate has decreased to 8.2%!

And the sheeple will buy it.  All they'll see is unemployment decreased.  Their next thought will be "What time is the game on?" or "Who's on Dancing with the Stars Vaguely Familiar?"

more soon

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