Poisonous Fruit

Poisonous Fruit

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Karl Marx

“My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism.”

“The goal of socialism is communism.”

“The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.”   

“In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor,

and therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished;

after the productive forces have also increased with the all-around development of the individual,

after labor has become not only a means of life but life’s prime want;

and all the springs of co-operative wealth flow more abundantly

—only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be crossed in its entirety and society inscribe on its banners: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!

“Take away a nation’s heritage and the people are easily persuaded.”

“Remove one freedom per generation and soon you will have no freedom—and no one would have noticed.”


Vladimir Lenin

“A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”

“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”  

“Our program necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism.”

“The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.”


Joseph Stalin

“America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: Its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”

“By May 1, 1937, there should not be one single church left within the borders of Soviet Russia, and the idea of God will have been banished from the Soviet Union as a remnant of the Middle Ages, which has been used for the purpose of oppressing the working classes.”

“Divide the world into regional groups as a transitional stage to world government. Populations will more readily abandon their national loyalty to a vague regional loyalty than they will for a world authority. Later the regions can be brought together all the way into a single world dictatorship.”


Adolph Hitler

“He alone, who owns the youth, owns the future.

“The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”

“Basically National Socialism and Marxism are the same thing.”

“When an opponent declares, “I will not come over to your side,” I calmly say, “Your child belongs to us already . . . What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.”

“What good fortune for those in power that people do not think.”

To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.”

Let me control the textbooks, and I will control the state.”

“The day of individual happiness has passed.”


Joseph Goebbels

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.

It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”  

“What does Christianity mean today? National Socialism is a religion. All we lack is a religious genius capable of uprooting outmoded religious practices and putting new ones in their place.

We lack traditions and ritual. One day soon National Socialism will be the religion of all Germans. My party is my church, and I believe I serve the Lord best if I do his will, and liberate my oppressed people from the fetters of slavery. That is my gospel.”

“The war we are fighting until victory or the bitter end is in its deepest sense a war between Christ and Marx. Christ: the principle of love. Marx: the principle of hate.”

“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.”

“Whoever can conquer the street will one day conquer the state, for every form of power politics and any dictatorship-run state has its roots in the street.”

“To be a socialist is to submit the I to the thou; socialism is sacrificing the individual to the whole.”


Antonio Gramsci

“Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. . . . In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society.

“What comes to pass does so, not so much because people want it to happen, as because the mass of citizens abdicate their responsibility and let things be.”


John Dewey

“There is no god and there is no soul. Hence, there is no need for the props of traditional religion. With dogma and creed excluded, the immutable truth is dead and buried. There is no room for fixed or natural law or permanent moral absolutes.”

“Independent self-reliant people would be a counterproductive anachronism in the collective society of the future where people will be defined by their associations.”

“Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society which is coming where everyone is interdependent.”

“Schools should take an active part in directing social change, and share in the construction of a new social order.”


Norman M. Thomas

“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism, but under the name Liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program until America will one day be a Socialist nation without knowing how it happened.”


Nikita Krushev

“Your children’s children will live under communism. You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept Communism outright; but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of Socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have Communism. We won’t have to fight you; WE’LL SO WEAKEN YOUR ECONOMY, until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.”


Saul Alinski

“Accuse your opponent of what you are doing, to create confusion and inoculate voters against evidence of your guilt.”

“Control healthcare and you control the people.”

“A Marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalists.

“From this, he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and finally the last stage — the political paradise of communism.”

“True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism. They cut their hair, put on suits and infiltrate the system from within.”

“The organizer’s first job is to create the issues or problems, and organizations must be based on many issues. The organizer must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression. He must search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them, for unless there is controversy people are not concerned enough to act. . . . An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent.”

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. And it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.”

“They have the guns and therefore we are for peace and for reformation through the ballot. When we have the guns then it will be through the bullet.”

“Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”

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