When our grandchildren ask us, “didn’t you know your government was lying to you?” how will we answer them? These deceptions are well-described more than a century ago. It has been several centuries that great numbers of working people have known their worth, have demanded their just desserts. They have had able leaders. They have stood firm in their resolve. Those with wealth know well they cannot prevail with force alone, and have deployed the printing presses under their control, as well as the gendarmes they command to retain their power.
Un peuple sous la menace de la guerre et de l’invasion est tres facilement gouvernable. Il ne reclame pas de reformes sociales, il ne repousse pas l armement ou l equipement militaire. Il paye sans broncher, il se ruine lui meme, et ceci est favorable pour les syndicats, les financiers et les fers de lance de l industrie pour que la terreur patriotique entraine l abondance du gain. — Anatole France, né cette journée en 1844
A people under the menace of war and of invasion is very easy to govern. It does not claim social reforms, it does not cavil over armaments or military equipment. It pays without haggling, it ruins itself at it, and that is excellent for the syndicates, the financiers, and the heads of industry to whom patriotic terrors open an abundant source of gain. — Anatole France, born this day in 1844
On croit mourir pour la patrie; on meurt pour les industriels.
You think you are dying for your country; you die for the industrialists.