Wednesday, October 30, 2019





 "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize."

Wikipedia: "True Rulers" quotation 
The statement "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize" is attributed to Strom, due its use in Strom's 1993 essay "All America Must Know the Terror That is Upon Us" in which he wrote: "To determine the true rulers of any society, all you must do is ask yourself this question: Who is it that I am not permitted to criticize?" Strom attributed the quote to Revilo P. Oliver, who he described as "one of America's greatest patriots". According to Strom, the quote was part of an address that Oliver gave in the 1960s to the Daughters of the American Revolution. 
On various websites, the remark is often misattributed to Voltaire, the French writer, historian and philosopher during the Age of Enlightenment. The phrase is "most often attributed" to Strom, which in turn is itself used against those who use the phrase as a political attack in and of itself. The adage may have existed long before Strom; Paul Gibbard of the University of Western Australia noted that the quote, regardless of its uncertain origin, reflected Voltaire's views and that such quotes falsely attributed to Voltaire dated back to Voltaire's own lifetime.

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