- Quote by Conserative morality
Pu Yi, for example, had absolutely no control over Manchukuo. He was the symbolic puppet ruler of a colonial protectorate that was run on authoritarian lines in order to advantage both the Home Islands and the Japanese colonial elite. The 'country' was de facto entirely under the control of the Japanese Kwantung Army, whose commander was also the Japanese Ambassador to Manchukuo, and who had veto power over all decisions of the 'government'. Over time Han Chinese and Manchurian ministers and advisors in the government were increasingly pushed aside to be replaced by Japanese equivalents. The economy of the puppet state was directed towards serving the Home Islands.
Japanese demographic policies in Manchuria were nakedly racist; or at least bigoted. To the extent that Japanese colonists failed to replace the existing population, it was a combination of demography and time; given that Manchuria had 40 million inhabitants, it was never going to be possible to fully assert Japanese political and demographic dominance in the 14 years that Japan controlled the region. But that doesn't mean they didn't give it a red hot go. Population figures are hard to estimate given the contested counts, but Japanese settlers in Manchuria went from 100-240 thousand in c.1932 to somewhere close to 900 thousand in 1945. Japanese government plans called for the settlement of some 5 million Japanese colonists in Manchuria by the mid 1950s; and those settlers would have been both politically and culturally dominant.
Tens of millions of Han Chinese were conscripted into slave labour. Biological weapons were widely tested on the civilian population. Several ethnic minorities were almost wiped out through a combination of slave labour, active oppression, and intentional drug addiction.
I'm not going to get into the thankless game of comparing Japanese colonialism in Manchuria to European colonialism in the rest of the world - though Japanese policies in Manchukuo most closely resemble the Nazi policies in occupied Slav-majority lands in Eastern Europe - but the argument that Japanese colonialism was somehow based on racial harmony and equality, or that the use of powerless puppet rulers demonstrates the benevolence of Japanese policies in the 1930s is breathtaking revisionism.
- Quote by The Archregimacy
The liar is no whit better than the thief, and if his mendacity takes the form of slander he may be worse than most thieves. It puts a premium upon knavery untruthfully to attack an honest man, or even with hysterical exaggeration to assail a bad man with untruth.
- Theodore Roosevelt, The Man With the Muck Rake
- Demosthenes, Third Philippic
- Frederick Douglass, What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?
With these omens, O Catiline, begone to your impious and nefarious war, to the great safety of the republic, to your own misfortune and injury, and to the destruction of those who have joined themselves to you in every wickedness and atrocity. Then do you, O Jupiter, who were consecrated by Romulus with the same auspices as this city, whom we rightly call the stay of this city and empire, repel this man and his companions from your altars and from the other temples,—from the houses and walls of the city,—from the lives and fortunes of all the citizens; and overwhelm all the enemies of good men, the foes of the republic, the robbers of Italy, men bound together by a treaty and infamous alliance of crimes, dead and alive, with eternal punishments.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, The Catiline Orations
- Susan B. Anthony, Is it a Crime to Vote?
I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm: to which rather than any dishonour shall grow by me, I myself will take up arms, I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field.
- Elizabeth I, Speech to the Troops at Tilbury
I will not say that such a state as this is not a better social state than that to which we now seem to be tending, for in ancient Peru, though production went on under the greatest disadvantages, from the want of iron and the domestic animals, yet there was no such thing as want, and the people went to their work with songs. But this it is unnecessary to discuss. Socialism in anything approaching such a form, modern society cannot successfully attempt. The only force that has ever proved competent for it—a strong and definite religious faith—is wanting and is daily growing less. We have passed out of the socialism of the tribal state, and cannot re-enter it again except by a retrogression that would involve anarchy and perhaps barbarism. Our governments, as is already plainly evident, would break down in the attempt. Instead of an intelligent award of duties and earnings, we should have a Roman distribution of Sicilian corn, and the demagogue would soon become the Imperator.
- Henry George, Progress and Poverty, From Governmental Direction and Interference
- Daron Acemoğlu, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty