Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Thursday, 2021.08.05
Exaggerated self-criticism would be a harmless luxury of civilization if there
were no enemy at the gate condemning democracy's very existence. But it becomes
dangerous when it portrays its mortal enemy as always being in the right.
Extravagant criticism is a good propaganda device in internal politics. But if
it is repeated often enough, it is finally believed. And where will the citizens
of democratic societies find reasons to resist the enemy outside if they are
persuaded from childhood that their civilization is merely an accumulation of
failures and a monstrous imposture?

		Jean Francois Revel, How Democracies Perish


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