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Aldous Huxley on Patriotism

2007-11-18 Leave a comment

Aldous Huxley is the author of the classic novel “Brave New World”, and was an absolutely brilliant thinker. Huxley’s insight into patriotism cannot be overstated in a world full of flag-waving, unquestioning, magnetic-ribbon patriots.

One of the great attractions of patriotism – it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what’s more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.

Aldous Huxley – Amazon.com
Aldous Huxley – Wikipedia

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James Madison on Declaring War

2007-09-15 Leave a comment

“The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.”  James Madison

James Madison was the 4th president of the United States.  He was one of the most influential Founding Fathers of the United States and is commonly referred to as the “Father of the Constitution“.

Constitition.org – Selected Quotes of James Madison

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