Churchill on war and collectivist movements

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December 14, 2011 by galudwig

Here a few very interesting quotes from Winston Churchill‘s The Gathering Storm, the first part of his World War II memoirs.

As Fascism sprang from Communism, so Nazism developed from Fascism.

Thus were set on foot the kindred movements which were destined soon to plunge the world into hideous strife, which none can say has ended with their destruction.

None can say the strife has ended with their destruction indeed, and most don’t even realize the similarities and connections between collectivist movements, erroneously assuming that communism and fascism are somehow on opposite sides of the political spectrum.

Wars come very suddenly. I have lived through a period when one looked forward, as we do now, with great anxiety and uncertainty to what would happen in the future. Suddenly something did happen – tremendous, swift, overpowering, irresistible.

Let us hope the world will be spared another World War. But, unless governments around the world finally ease their iron grip on the people, I fear another plunge into such calamity and despair may be inevitable. For,

Not one of the lessons of the past has been learned, not one of them has been applied, and the situation is incomparably more dangerous.

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