In an authoritarian state…..

By Primo Levi

Shared by Guido Caravello

“In an authoritarian state the truth is only one, proclaimed from above; newspapers are all the same, all repeat this same truth; so are radio transmitters. In an authoritarian state it is considered licit to alter the truth, to retrospectively rewrite history, to distort news, to suppress true news, to add false news: information is replaced by propaganda. In fact, in such a country you are not a citizen, holder of rights, but a subject, and as such you owe the State (and the dictator who impersonates it) fanatical loyalty and supine obedience.” Primo Levi (1919-1987), If This is a Man, Appendix, 1976

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