John Edgar Hoover (1895 – 1972) [Director of the FBI, 1935-72]:
Communism, in reality, is not a political party.
It is [an] evil and malignant way of life.
It reveals a condition akin to [a] disease that spreads like an epidemic.
And like an epidemic, a quarantine is necessary to keep it from infecting this nation.
Stanley Nelson (1951):
245 of the 290 COINTELPRO actions [84%] were against the Black Panthers.
One of the mandates was do not make this program public: do not tell anybody that it exists.
(Black Panthers: Vanguard Of Revolution, 2015)
The program was successfully kept secret until 1971, when the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI burgled an FBI field office in Media, Pennsylvania, took several dossiers, and exposed the program by passing this material to news agencies.
Many news organizations initially refused to publish the information.
(23 March 2017)
Pat Robertson (1930):
… Islam is not a religion.
It is a worldwide political movement meant on domination of the world.
(MediaMatters for America, 12 June 2007)
Michael Flynn (1958) [25th National Security Advisor, January-February 2017):
[Islam is] like a malignant cancer …
It has metastasised.
(Politicususa, 19 November 2016)
Pauline Hanson (1954):
Islam is a disease; we need to vaccinate ourselves against that.
Adolf Hitler (1889 – 1945):
The Jew is a global plague.
(Mein Kampf, 1925)
(Michael Sandel, Justice: Free To Choose, February 2011)
(Michael Sandel, Justice: What's A Fair Start?, February 2011)
John Rawls (1921 – 2002):
Those who have been favored by nature, whoever they are, may gain from their good fortune, only on terms that improve the situation of those who have lost out.
Margaret Thatcher (1925 – 2013):
There is no such thing as society.
There are individual men and women, and there are families. …
It's our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour.
[There] is no such thing as an entitlement unless someone has first met an obligation.
Ayn Rand (1905 – 1982):
There is no such entity as the tribe or the public.
The tribe, or society, is only a number of individual men.
Nothing can be good for the tribe as such.
Good and value pertain only to … an individual living organism, not to a disembodied aggregate of relationships.
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 – 59):
When all the members of a community are independent of, or indifferent to, each other, the cooperation of each of them can only be obtained by paying for it; this infinitely multiplies the purposes to which wealth may be applied, and increases its value. …
Men are no longer bound together by ideas, but by interests; and it would seem as if human opinions were reduced to a sort of intellectual dust, scattered on every side, unable to collect, unable to cohere.
(Democracy in America, 1835-40, Bantam, 2011, pp 461 & 516)
Thomas Paine (1737 – 1809):
[Government,] even in its best state, is but a necessary evil …
(Common Sense, 1776)
Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004):
Government is not the solution …
Government is the problem. …
I continue to look to the Scriptures … for fulfilment and for guidance.
Indeed, it is an incontrovertible fact, that all the complex and horrendous questions confronting us at home, and worldwide, have their answer in that single Book. …
Edmund Burke (1729 – 97):
To … love the little platoon we belong to, in society, is the first principle (the germ as it were) of public affections.
It is the first link in the series by which we proceed towards a love
- to our country, and
- to mankind.
Ralph Emerson (1803 – 82):
Do not tell me, as a good man did to-day, of my obligation to put all poor men in good situations.
Are they my poor?
I tell thee, thou foolish philanthropist, that I grudge the dollar, the dime, the cent, I give to such men as do not belong to me and to whom I do not belong.
(Self-Reliance, Essays: First Series, 1841)
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 – 59):
It is both necessary and desirable that the government of a democratic people should be active and powerful.
[Our] object should not be to render it weak or indolent, but solely to prevent it from abusing its aptitude and its strength.
(Democracy in America, 1835, p 867)