Quote of the Day 5-28-15 (Voltaire)

Posted: March 28, 2015 in Civil Liberties, Politics, Quotations
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Voltaire

“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

–Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet, 1694-1778)

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I was bummed to learn, and now I’m bummed to share, that this wasn’t Voltaire after all (though it is widely and regularly misattributed to him).

    The actual source is — wait for it — white nationalist, neo-Nazi, and man convicted in 2008 on child porn charges, Kevin Alfred Strom.

    Yep. Sorry to be the messenger.

    If interested, here are a couple of sources (among many others easily found online):

    From the BBC: “the quote, routinely misattributed to Voltaire, originated from US white supremacist Kevin Alfred Strom.”
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-34971951

    From the Guardian: “Dr Paul Gibbard . . . one of the world’s leading experts in Voltaire . . . said it was one of the many that were falsely attributed to the writer.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/nov/27/cory-bernardi-mistakenly-quotes-voltaire-on-twitter-with-supposed-neo-nazis-line

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