"[the goose-step is] one of the most horrible sights in the world... It is simply an affirmation of naked power; contained in it, quite consciously and intentionally, is the vision of a boot crashing down on a face."
— George Orwell, commenting on Nazi military parades
"Beyond a certain point, military display is only possible in countries where the common people dare not laugh at the army."
— George Orwell