Party like it’s 1984

Pro-war left favourite George Orwell, on the pro-war left: “If one loves democracy, [their] argument runs, one must crush its enemies by no matter what means. And who are its enemies? It always appears that they are not only those who attack it openly and consciously, but those who ‘objectively’ endanger it by spreading mistaken doctrines. In other words defending democracy involves destroying all independence of thought.” (via Matt T)

Quite. I remember reading a similar, probably apocryphal quite from a Latin American general making the transition to democracy. “We must have democracy,” he said. “And anyone who opposes democracy I will jail, I will destroy, I will crush like a bug.”

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  1. "They accused us of suppressing freedom of expression. This was a lie and we could not let them publish it."
    — Nelba Blandon, Nicaraguan Interior Ministry Director of Censorship

    (Part of me wants to know whether the quotation is accurate. Part of me doesn’t want to run the risk of discovering that it isn’t, because it’s such a fine sentiment.)

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