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Looking for the source of a political quote

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:55 pm UTC
by Teckmeister
Hi guys, I am looking for the source of a quote that's supposedly made by a politician. At least, I think it was a politician.

The problem is I don't remember the exact words. I just have a general idea of what was said.

Basically, someone said that the secret to maintaining power over a country is to take away only the big freedoms. Like freedom of speech etc. Things that are too big for the common people to understand.

But never to take away the small freedoms. Such as the freedom to drink alcohol and the freedom to eat fried food and the freedom to decorate one's bedroom.

So who said it? And what are the exact words?

Re: Looking for the source of a political quote

Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:43 am UTC
by Deva
Perhaps something from Battle Royale? Read a (possibly poor) description. Allowed small freedoms. Immediately crushed larger ones. (Disclaimer: Never read the book.)

Re: Looking for the source of a political quote

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:21 pm UTC
by Jorpho
I tried https://www.google.com/search?q=%22neve ... reedoms%22 and found

“The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.”

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/877774 ... people-and

But that's not quite it.