"Welcome to your life
There's no turning back
Even while we sleep
We will find you
Acting on your best behavior
Turn your back on Mother Nature
Everybody wants to rule the world"
—Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Tears For Fears
"We're not supposed to be a country that instinctively hates the foreign and spies on itself."
—Warren Ellis, Jack Cross
"They want to meet — the SS. They always want to meet. And at each meeting they want something more — always something more. Until they have everything... To them, the law is like ice cream: easily melted."
— Dr Friedrich Wilhelm Kritzinger, Conspiracy
"So great has been the calamitousness of these times, and such the inveterate malice of the heretics, that there has been nothing ever so clear in our statement of faith, nothing so surely settled, which they, at the instigation of the enemy of the human race, have not defiled by some sort of error. For which cause the holy Inquisition hath made it Its especial care to condemn and anathematise the principal errors of the heretics of our time, and to deliver and teach the true and Imperial doctrine; even as It has condemned, anathematised, and decreed."
— Decalaration of Inquisitorial Mandate, Warhammer 40,000
A perfectly anonymous digitized voice cut through the dully roaring babble on the convention floor.
Hari looked up from the autograph book he was signing and saw his own face, fisheye distorted and reflected four times over in the mirror masks of a Social Police enforcement squad.
He couldn't breathe.
That instant stripped away Caine's success and fame; stripped away the thousands of fans who crowded around him in this immense overheated room; stripped the power of the Administrator caste and the status of the Studio Chairmanship; stripped every part of him that lay over his most fundamental baseline. The baseline of his soul was Labor.
Every Laborer knows that trouble with Soapy is the last trouble you ever have.
"Administrator Hari Khapur Michaelson. You are under arrest."
- Blade of Tyshalle, by Matthew Stover
“Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.”
"...the Republic is in danger. Yes, danger from within and without. We need law and order! Without law and order our nation cannot survive."
"The Stalin regime is based not on the Soviets, Party ideals, the power of the Political Bureau or Stalin’s personality, but on the organization and the techniques of the Soviet political police where Stalin plays the role of the first policeman. To tell that NKVD is a state secret police—means to tell nothing to the point... To tell that NKVD is a body of mass inquisition also tells nothing to the point, because the Gestapo also was a mass inquisition... To tell that NKVD is "a state within the state" means to belittle the importance of NKVD because this question allows two forces: a normal state and a supernormal NKVD: whereas the only force is Chekism. A state Chekism, a party Chekism, a collective Chekism, an individual Chekism. Chekism in ideology, Chekism in practice. Chekism from the top to the bottom."
— Abdurakhman Avtorkhanov
"My connection to Putin is mystical. We meet each other in our dreams. Which is the best place. No one eavesdrops there."
"Theoretically, half a nation can now monitor the movements of the other half. Better we enslave ourselves, the priests chants, than they do."
"These transformations have come about silently, because those who know what is going on work in the global surveillance industry and have no incentives to speak out. Left to its own trajectory, within a few years, global civilization will be a postmodern surveillance dystopia, from which escape for all but the most skilled individuals will be impossible. In fact, we may already be there."
—Julian Assange, Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet
"In the mid 1980's I was asked by an American legal institution known as the Christic Legal Institute to compile a comic book that would detail the murky history of the C.I.A., from the end of the second world war, to the present day...What I learned during the frankly horrifying research that I had to slog through in order to accomplish this, was that yes, there is a conspiracy, in fact there are a great number of conspiracies that are all tripping each other up. And all of those conspiracies are run by paranoid fantasists, and ham fisted clowns. If you are on a list targeted by the CIA, you really have nothing to worry about. If however you have a name similar to someone on a list targeted by the C.I.A., then you are dead?"