The more things change...

some prophetic and relevant words by Anatole France
"A people living under (2) the perpetual menace of war (2) and invasion (2) is very easy to govern. It demands no social reforms (2) (3) (4) . It does not haggle over expenditures on armaments and military equipment (2) (3) (4) . It pays (2) (3) (4) without discussion (2) (3) (4) , it ruins itself (2) (3) , and that is an excellent thing for the syndicates (b) (2a) (2b) (2c) (...) of financiers and manufacturers for whom patriotic terrors are an abundant source of gain. "

-- Anatole France, 1844-1924
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