Fw: Victory of the Loud Little Handful
> Victory of the Loud Little Handfulwill - warily and cautiously - object... at first. The great, big, dull bulk
> by Mark Twain
> The loud little handful - as usual - will shout for the war. The pulpit
of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes and try to make out why there should
be a war, and will say, earnestly and indignantly, "It is unjust and
dishonorable, and there is no necessity for it."
>argue and reason against the war with speech and pen, and at first will have
> Then the handful will shout louder. A few fair men on the other side will
a hearing and be applauded, but it will not last long; those others will
outshout them, and presently the antiwar audiences will thin out and lose
>platform, and free speech strangled by hordes of furious men...
> Before long, you will see this curious thing: the speakers stoned from the
>nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those
> Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the
conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to
examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself
that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys
after this process of grotesque self-deception.
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> Mark Twain, "The Mysterious Stranger" (1910)