Tag Archives: George Seldes

Today’s Quotes: Teddy Roosevelt’s Incredibly Racist Imperial Cruise

“Nineteenth-century democracy needs no more complete vindication for its existence than the fact that it has kept for the white race the best portions of the new world’s surface.”
— President Theodore Roosevelt

“The Imperial Cruise [“The Imperial Cruise A Secret History of Empire and War” by James Bradley] was a trip. I wasn’t taught in my history classes that Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft had inspired the Japanese with visions of superior races having the right to spread their culture and superior values to lesser races. The Japanese took a page out of the U.S.A.’s book when it began expanding into southeast Asia, Manchuria, China, and Korea. Superior people don’t have to keep their word. They have a right to screw lesser peoples out of whatever they feel like taking. We expected Japan [to follow our example] and [took] a good chunk of Asia for ourselves. We had already taken Hawaii, the Philippines, and some other choice lands. After our invasion of Iraq for preemptive reasons (to prevent them from attacking us first), the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor doesn’t seem as cowardly and dastardly as it was portrayed when I was a schoolboy.”
— Bob Carroll, from the Skeptic’s Dictionary Newsletter, Volume 9, Number 8, August 2, 2010.

“The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best and therefore never scrutinize or question.”
— Stephen Jay Gould

“But we must not be fooled into believing that American Fascism consists of a few persons, some crackpots, some mentally perverted, a few criminals These are the lunatic fringes of Fascism, they are also the small fry, the unimportant figureheads, just as Hitler was before the Big Money in Germany decided to set him up in business.”
— George Seldes, “Facts and Facism,” published in 1943.

Today’s Quotes: American Corporate Fascism

“I call these [wealthy corporate] elements Fascist. You may not like names and labels but technically as well as journalistically and morally they are correct. You may substitute Tories, or Economic Royalists, or Vested Interests, or whatever you like for the flag-waving anti-American Americans whose efforts and objectives parallel those of the Liga Industriale which bought out Mussolini in 1920, and the Thyssen-Krupp-Voegeler-Flick Rhineland industry and banking system which subsidized Hitler when Nazism was about to collapse. Their main object was to end the civil liberties of the nation, destroy the labor unions, end the free press, and make more money at the expense of a slave nation.”
— George Seldes, “Facts and Facism,” published in 1943.

“Sure we’ll have Fascism here, but it will come as an anti-Fascism movement.”
— Gov. Huey Long, as quoted by George Seldes, ibid.

Today’s Quotes: Defending the Indefensible

“That’s what the conservative media consists of: partisans offering inconsistent, insincere, and nonsensical arguments on behalf of torture and the depraved thugs who authorized it.”
— Jamison Foser, “Gaps in the Right’s ‘Banana Republic’ Rhetoric,” Media Matters, April 24, 2009.

“The main threat to Democracy comes not from the extreme left but from the extreme right, which is able to buy huge sections of the press and radio, and wages a constant campaign to smear and discredit every progressive and humanitarian measure.”
— George Seldes, more than 60 years ago.

“These companies, not the lunatic Nazi fanatics, are the main war criminals. If the guilt of these criminals is not brought to daylight and if they are not punished, they will pose a much greater threat to the future peace of the world than Hitler if he were still alive.”
— Telford Taylor, Chief US Prosecutor, 1947 Nuremberg War Trial, referring to the corporations who supported the Nazi regime in Germany.

“Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.”
— Thomas Jefferson, letter to Horatio Gates Spafford, March 17, 1817, cited in Papers 14:221.

“Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.”
— Mark Twain, “The Mysterious Stranger.”

“Take your pick: Either the Bush White House was in a panic after 9/11 and naively thought torture would work, which makes them rank amateurs in the intelligence game too incompetent to run the country; or they were trying to use torture to enhance the case for invading Iraq and expanding their powers, which makes them fascists. There aren’t really any other alternatives to explain why this torture took place.”
— Boris the Retired Agent