Take, say, the core of the established religions today: the Bible. It is basically polytheistic, with the warrior God demanding of his chosen people that they not worship the other Gods and destroy those who do -- in an extremely brutal way, in fact. It would be hard to find a more genocidal text in the literary canon, or a more violent and destructive character than the God who was to be worshipped. So that´s one definition. In the Prophets, one finds (sometimes) a different conception, much more humane. That´s why the Prophets (the "dissident intellectuals" of their day) were persecuted, imprisoned, driven into the desert, etc. -- other reasons included their geopolitical analysis, unwelcome to power. The intellectuals who were honored and privileged were those who centuries later were called "false prophets". (Noam Chomsky)
Das Ziel des staatlichen Schulsystems ist weder Aufklärung noch Erkenntnis überhaupt. Es geht schlicht darum so viele Individuen wie möglich auf dasselbe sichere Niveau zu reduzieren, zu züchten und zu trainieren, eine standardisierte Bürgerschaft zu sein, und Dissens und die Originalität beiseite zu wischen. (H.L. Mencken)
People look up things on Wikipedia, they look up things on Google, all the rest of that, all that is government owned. Google owns Youtube, Google owns many other search engines. Google is essentially a government contractor as much as boeing as much as any other defense contractor and it was paid for and funded as a government project in the first place when it was organized at Stanford. As a matter of fact its original address was firstname.lastname@example.org, that´s a government address. (Douglas Dietrich)
"The natural man lives for himself; he is the unit, the whole, dependent only on himself and on his like. The citizen is but the numerator of a fraction, whose value depends on its denominator; his value depends upon the whole, that is, on the community. Good social institutions are those best fitted to make a man unnatural, to exchange his independence for dependence, to merge the unit in the group, so that he no longer regards himself as one, but as a part of the whole, and is only conscious of the common life.