Posted by: L | April 26, 2007

Spengler on the Media

The press today is an army with carefully organized weapons, the journalists its officers, the readers its soldiers. But, as in every army, the soldier obeys blindly, and the war aims and operating plans change without his knowledge. The reader neither knows nor is supposed to know the purposes for which he is used and the role he is to play. There is no more appalling caricature of freedom of thought. Formerly no one was allowed to think freely; now it is permitted, but no one is capable of it any more. Now people want to think only what they are supposed to want to think, and this they consider freedom.”

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  1. Hello – Would like to know the source of this quote. I’ve searched Asia Times Online but can’t find it. Thanks.

  2. The Decline of the West [1926]
    I believe. I may be mistaken.
    LR


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