"Oh Horn of Plenty!
The Horn of Plenty Overflows!
Panem shall rise above,
Panem shall reign above,
May our nation never fall again"
—Panem Anthem, The Hunger Games
"But somehow it is strange to hear the state department say
You are living in the free world, in the free world you must stay"
—Phil Ochs, "Ballad Of William Worthy"
"This is the land of opportunity. The opportunity to turn yourself in."
—Gen. William Devereaux, The Siege
"Every faction in Africa calls themselves by these noble names: Liberation-this, Patriotic-that, Democratic Republic of something-or-other. I guess they can't own up to what they usually are — Federation of Worse Oppressors Than the Last Bunch of Oppressors."
— Yuri Orlov, Lord of War
"Ankh-Morpork had dallied with many forms of government and had ended up with that form of democracy known as One Man, One Vote. The Patrician was the Man; he had the Vote."
"Korell is that frequent phenomenon in history: the republic whose ruler has every attribute of the absolute monarch but the name. It therefore enjoyed the usual despotism unrestrained even by those two moderating influences in the legitimate monarchies: regal 'honor' and court etiquette."
"I had seen little evidence that the USSR was progressing towards anything that one could truly call Socialism. On the contrary, I was struck by clear signs of its transformation into a hierarchical society, in which the rulers have no more reason to give up their power than any other ruling class."
"Well, you know, I've always thought that the PLO is the most corrupt and incompetent Third World movement I've ever seen. I mean, they've always presented themselves as revolutionaries waving around guns, Marx, etc.—but they're basically conservative nationalists, and they always were conservative nationalists. The rest was all pretense."
—Noam Chomsky on Yassar Arafat, Understanding Power
"The cast of warlords in the former Yugoslavia was made up of the dregs of Yugoslav society. These thieves, embezzlers, and even professional killers swiftly became war heroes. They were, at least, colorful, with Captain Dragen, a Serbian solider of fortune who was allegedly an ex-convict from Australia; the fascist demagogue Vojislav Šešelj, and Željko Ražnatović, known as Arkan, who had a criminal record in several Western European countries. The Croats had their own collection of gangsters, including Branimir Glavaš, who stormed into Serbian villages with his militias and executed the Serbian policemen who had tried to stop the nationalist mobs from killing them. The gangsters who took over Sarajevo at the start of the war to battle the Serbs were no different. Loot and power were always their primary objectives."
—Chris Hedges on The Yugoslav Wars, War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
"Citizens shall have freedom of speech, press, assembly, demonstration, and association. The state shall guarantee conditions for the free activities of democratic political parties and social organizations."
—Article 67, Chapter VII of the Constitution of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea
"North Korea is trying to build up its tourism by showcasing the 'natural beauty' that exists there. Considering the nation's near total lack of development it does indeed have a lot of natural wonders."
"The difference between a republic and a people's republic is a lot like the difference between a jacket and a straitjacket."
Sub-saharan Africa's largest nation has grown more oppressive over the decades, and its name has kept pace.
Congo. Lies in name: 0. Oppression level: bloody.
Republic of the Congo. Lies in name: 1. Oppression level: sadistic.
Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lies in name: 2. Oppression level: inhuman.
People's Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lies in name: 3. Oppression level: genocidal.
Shiny Happy People's Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lies in name: 5. Oppression level: hide.