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Police State Quotes

Police State Quotes by L. Ron Hubbard, Edmund Burke, Phil Zimmermann, Naomi Wolf, Michael Parenti, Michael Scheuer and many others.

The problem of South Africa is different than the world thinks. There is no native problem. The native worker gets more than white workers do in England! […] The South African government is not a police state. It’s easier on people than the United States government!
L. Ron Hubbard
The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
Edmund Burke
When making public policy decisions about new technologies for the Government, I think one should ask oneself which technologies would best strengthen the hand of a police state. Then, do not allow the Government to deploy those technologies.
Phil Zimmermann
It is foolish for people to think they can align themselves and be safe in a police state.
Naomi Wolf
Capital requires protection, as do the institutions through which it operates. As capital expands its operations, the state that is associated with its protection must develop its capacity for autocratic control. Thus, the “Free World” increasingly resembles a dreary string of heartless police states.
Michael Parenti
It’s very clear from what he [Osama ben Laden] said, what his lieutenants have said, that America is not even their main enemy. We’re simply in the way of what they want to do in their own world, which is to destroy police states and Israel.
Michael Scheuer
When only cops have guns, it’s called a “police state”.
Claire Wolfe
A functioning police state needs no police.
William S. Burroughs
Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.
Harry S. Truman
Communism may be over as an economic system, but as a model of state domination, it is very much alive in the People’s Republic of China and in Putin’s police state.
Michael Ignatieff
You learn that you either are going to have a police state where you don’t have any freedom left, or you’re going to build a world that doesn’t create terrorists – and that means a whole different way of ‘getting along.’
John Shelby Spong
People misunderstand what a police state is. It isn’t a country where the police strut around in jackboots; it’s a country where the police can do anything they like. Similarly, a security state is one in which the security establishment can do anything it likes.
John Lanchester
There was no doubt that there was a vast organization which was making fools of all the liberals in Hollywood and taking their money, that there was a police state among the Left element in Hollywood and Broadway.
Elia Kazan
Not even the most heavily-armed police state can exert brute force to all of its citizens all of the time. Meme management is so much subtler; the rose-tinted refraction of perceived reality, the contagious fear of threatening alternatives.
Peter Watts
The reason I’m voting for Barack Obama is that it’s either him or a police state – someone who’s carrying on policies that are clearly stated and directed at subverting liberty. He’s definitely the lesser of two evils.
Naomi Wolf
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.
George Orwell
Everywhere we look we see the encroaching shadow of the police state.
Henry Giroux
[Ayn] Rand accepts that when she supports military conscription, even indirectly. Also, she starts her politics from the premise that the State must have police power. She fails to take into account the inevitability that once you start with police power you’re going to have a police State.
Murray Bookchin
Terrorists are overjoyed when we shut down our freedoms and turn ourselves into a police state and when we retaliate, swatting the Middle East with useless bombs or rounding up the wrong suspects and locking them up without charge.
Peter Hitchens
Either the USSR was not the country of socialism, in which case socialism didn’t exist anywhere and doubtless, wasn’t possible: or else, socialism was that, this abominable monster, this police state, the power of beasts of prey.
Jean-Paul Sartre
Americans have no idea why they have been at war in the Middle East, Asia and Africa for a decade. They don’t realize that their liberties have been supplanted by a Gestapo Police State. Few understand that hard economic times are here to stay.
Paul Craig Roberts
If there’s any credence to the guy who wrote ‘Drones Over Blkyn’ a year before drones were flying over Brooklyn, then listen to me: we’re going to be in fascist police state.
As for civil liberties, any one who is not vigilant may one day find himself living, if not in a police state, at least in a police city.
Gore Vidal
We will no longer be oppressed by the fascism called Christianity. We will no longer be oppressed by the mentality of the police state.
Marilyn Manson
People were encouraged to snitch. [South Africa] was a police state, so there were police everywhere. There were undercover police. There were uniformed police. The state was being surveilled the entire time.
Trevor Noah
Once the people are terrorized, you can force a police state on them.
Mae Brussell
A police state is a country run by criminals
Robert Harris
A source of embarrassment for Libyans, Gadhafi has never been a joke: disappearances, a police state, zero freedom of expression, and poverty for at least a third of the population of country tremendously wealthy thanks to oil.
Mona Eltahawy
I think perhaps of all the things a police state can do to its citizens, distorting history is possibly the most pernicious.
Robert A. Heinlein
Surveillance technologies now available – including the monitoring of virtually all digital information – have advanced to the point where much of the essential apparatus of a police state is already in place.
Al Gore