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  • Michael A. Read
    ... will - warily and cautiously - object... at first. The great, big, dull bulk of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes and try to make out why there should be
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      > Victory of the Loud Little Handful
      > by Mark Twain
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      > The loud little handful - as usual - will shout for the war. The pulpit
      will - warily and cautiously - object... at first. The great, big, dull bulk
      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."
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      > Then the handful will shout louder. A few fair men on the other side will
      argue and reason against the war with speech and pen, and at first will have
      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
      popularity.
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      > Before long, you will see this curious thing: the speakers stoned from the
      platform, and free speech strangled by hordes of furious men...
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      > Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the
      nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those
      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)
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