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"The main plank in the National Socialist program is to abolish the
liberalistic concept of the individual and the Marxist concept of humanity
and to substitute for them the folk community, rooted in the soil and bound
together by the bond of its common blood."
(Adolph Hitler, quoted in Hitler, A Study in Tyranny, by Alan Bullock
(Harper Collins, NY))
"It is thus necessary that the individual should come to realize that his
own ego is of no importance in comparison with the existence of his nation;
that the position of the individual ego is conditioned solely by the
interests of the nation as a whole ... that above all the unity of a
nation's spirit and will are worth far more than the freedom of the spirit
and will of an individual. .... This state of mind, which subordinates the
interests of the ego to the conservation of the community, is really the
first premise for every truly human culture .... we understand only the
individual's capacity to make sacrifices for the community, for his fellow
(Adolph Hitler, 1933)
"My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you
can do for your country."
(John F. Kennedy (1917-63), U.S. president. Inaugural address, 20 Jan. 1961,
"There is the great, silent, continuous struggle: the struggle between the
State and the Individual; between the State which demands and the individual
who attempts to evade such demands. Because the individual, left to himself,
unless he be a saint or hero, always refuses to pay taxes, obey laws, or go
"Fascist ethics begin ... with the acknowledgment that it is not the
individual who confers a meaning upon society, but it is, instead, the
existence of a human society which determines the human character of the
individual. According to Fascism, a true, a great spiritual life cannot take
place unless the State has risen to a position of pre-eminence in the world
of man. The curtailment of liberty thus becomes justified at once, and this
need of rising the State to its rightful position."
(Mario Palmieri, "The Philosophy of Fascism" 1936)
"Comrades! We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and
(Nikita Khrushchev, February 25, 1956 20th Congress of the Communist Party)
"All our lives we fought against exalting the individual, against the
elevation of the single person, and long ago we were over and done with the
business of a hero, and here it comes up again: the glorification of one
personality. This is not good at all."
(Vladimir Lenin, as quoted in "Not by Politics Alone.")
"We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is
best for society."
(Hillary Clinton, 1993)
"Fascism finds it necessary, at the outset, to take away from the ordinary
human being what he has been taught and has grown to cherish the most;
personal liberty. And it can be affirmed, without falling into exaggeration,
that a curtailment of personal liberty not only has proved to be, but
necessarily must be, a fundamental condition of the triumph of Fascism."
"I am here because I want to redefine the meaning of citizenship in
America... If you're asked in school 'What does it mean to be a good
citizen?' I want the answer to be, 'Well, to be a good citizen, you have to
obey the law, you've got to go to work or be in school, you've got to pay
your taxes and --- oh, yes, you have to serve ..... "
(Bill Clinton at Volunteerism Summit)
"All the people I know who are driving for a form of national service,
primarily want it to be compulsory. They realize that's a terrible problem
politically, so they're not willing to say it. It is endangerment of freedom
and the potential for indoctrination that skeptics do not like in the
national service concept. However benign the program, some think it will not
succeed on any meaningful scale unless is is compulsory."
(Martin Anderson, Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution)
"In his April 5 radio address outlining the goals of the summit, the
President endorsed compulsory volunteerism -- and even called for extending
it to middle schools. In other words, the man who so famously avoided the
dangerous duty of fighting in Vietnam as a young man now proposes drafting a
new generation of young people to perform a different set of difficult tasks."
(Editorial, New York Post, April 27, 1997)
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