Quotes: Became Their Own Antithesis

"You have allowed this dark lord to twist your mind until now you have become the very thing you swore to destroy."
Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

“Fascism is the stage reached after communism has proved an illusion.”
Friedrich Hayek

“It is one of history's ironies that Communism, advertised as a classless society, tended to breed a privileged class of feudal proportions.”
Henry Kissinger, On China

"At the very time that overt anti-Semitism was beginning to vanish from mainstream American culture, Richard Nixon was perhaps the most profoundly anti-Semitic president in U.S. history. In the Nixon tapes, he repeatedly accuses American Jews of placing "Jewish interests" before American ones, an almost verbatim reuse of one of 19th-century Europe's most pernicious anti-Semitic canards. Despite this Nixon surrounded himself with Jews at high levels in the White House: Leonard Garment (chief economic advisor), Ben Stein (chief speechwriter), William Safire (campaign manager), Murray Chotiner (adviser and campaign manager), and of course Secretary of State Henry Kissinger...Nixon's obsession with the Evil Jew was just part of a profoundly paranoid personality that saw vast, byzantine conspiracies lurking everywhere. It is ironic (but predictable) that such a committed conspiracy theorist was responsible for some of the most outrageous conspiracies ever perpetrated in American politics."
Rational Wiki

"Rand was broken by the Bolsheviks as a girl, and she never left their bootprint behind. She believed her philosophy was Bolshevism's opposite, when in reality it was its twin. Both she and the Soviets insisted a small revolutionary elite in possession of absolute rationality must seize power and impose its vision on a malleable, imbecilic mass. The only difference was that Lenin thought the parasites to be stomped on were the rich, while Rand thought they were the poor."
Jonathan Hari on Ayn Rand

"During the first Gulf War, Christopher Hitchens famously schooled Charlton Heston, asking him to name the countries surrounding Iraq, the place he was so eager to invade. A flummoxed Heston sputtered, naming a few random Middle Eastern countries (including, rather humorously, the island nation of Cyprus).

But then Hitchens decided that, in fact, bombing children was no longer so abhorrent, because these wars were no longer neocolonial wars dictated by economics and geopolitics but rather a final Armageddon between the forces of rationality and the forces of religion...Somehow the man who denounced Kissinger’s war crimes now supported Bush’s — both wars, of course, supported by the scantest of logic. The man who so eloquently chronicled the corruption of the Clinton administration became the shill of his successor."

Steve McElwee

Sentinel Prime: Optimus, all I ever wanted was the survival of our race. You must see why I had to betray you...
Optimus: You didn't betray me. You betrayed yourself.