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#118#119#120#121 Episode #122 - Empire America
(No War but the Class War)

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Sat 6 July 2002  Michael Parenti
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"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."

Those words from Roman emperor Julius Ceasar on the connection between wars of conquest and domestic tyranny. We Americans stand at a turning point - the question before us is whether we insist on being the people of a democracy or acquiesce to being the subjects of an empire.

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