Michael Parenti Quote

“The worst forms of tyranny, or certainly the most successful ones, are not those we rail against but those that so insinuate themselves into the imagery of our consciousness, and the fabric of our lives, as not to be perceived as tyranny.”

Ratings and Comments

John, Toronto


Anonymous, Reston, VA US

... can anyone say "war on terror" or "war on drugs"? I knew you could... now turn over all your records on who is reading what in your library, and don't worry about that person listening in on your phone calls and reading your emails... after all, we are all equals here... only some are more equal than others...

E Archer, NYC

Can anyone say 'an unpayable debt', an unconstitutional tax and money system, toxic food, mandatory drugging of children, calling dependence 'a right' and freedom a 'privilege'. ? And what is the deal with suits and ties? And uniforms and badges? People are easily coerced and conform without question -- and those that do question authority are considered trouble-makers. It is the tyranny of the majority.

David L. Rosenthal, Hollywood

It's a miracle!! Everybody agrees about this quote!!!

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Chicago    4/3/06

Of course we all agree -- we think the other guy is the foolish one. ;-)

Terry Berg, Occidental, CA

Can anyone say 'religion'? Whoops, too insinuated?

J Carlton, Calgary

It gets a little worse every time someone says "The Government needs to do something" about whatever their personal problem is...

cal, lewisville, tx

Why we must search our own souls often.

jim k, Austin, Tx

J Carlton, you are exactly right.

Elizabeth, Astoria, NY

That's a valuable insight.

Mike, Norwalk

ABSOLUTELY !, idiot patrons of today's statist theocracy think the more licenses they have, the freer they are.

Carl Hudson, Sherwood

I believe we are truly fighting two wars at once again like WWII. One war is the shooting war against ISIS, Taliban, and many others with different names all labeled Muslim Terrorists.
The second war is only found in the underground more than likely under every Mosque. This war is controlled by the leaders of the Mosque in their gradual attempt to take over every city or town, municipality, county, or State Government by following our laws and being successful in some states like Michigan.
Their population will grow rapidly as a husband with 4 or 5 wives continues to procreate.
Obama has been training for this day and will be ready when the time is correct for himself and his kind.

J. Allen, Arlington, Va

Enabled by those who take our freedoms for granted.

Mike, Norwalk

Socialism, with its collective or governmental ownership and administration, is a severe example of one of the worst forms of a successful tyranny. With religious (moral, ethical, anti-natural law) bromides of utopian imagery, despots placate the sleeping masses, dulling any consciousness of freedom, liberty and inalienable rights. By way of an extremely terse example, the 2nd plank of the Communist Manifesto. Patrons of tyranny give themselves to be owned by the collective / god government. The god government then only allows an ever elusive percentage of its slave's (the once noble labor) fruits to be personally possessed. The slave patrons have so insinuated their lives to tyranny, they will not, can not, rail against the cradle to grave abuse.


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