Herbert Hoover on the Trojan horse of ’emergency’

After a long absence, of what I considered relevant or inspired material for this blog, I noticed the first half of this great quote today in a tweet from @DannyWilsher. A quick Google search revealed that the entire quote was even better than I imagined.

I hope you find these words of freedom as relevant to our current situation as I do:

“Every collectivist revolution rides in on a Trojan horse of ’emergency’. It was the tactic of Lenin, Hitler, and Mussolini. In the collectivist sweep over a dozen minor countries of Europe, it was the cry of men striving to get on horseback. And ’emergency’ became the justification of the subsequent steps. This technique of creating emergency is the greatest achievement that demagoguery attains.” – Herbert Hoover