In our last newsletter, I wrote a short piece in which I mistakenly
said that William Shakespeare, in Julius Caesar, 1599, wrote
“Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order
to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism
is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood,
just as it narrows the mind. .. And when the drums of war have
reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the
mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the
rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with
fear and with patriotism, will offer up all of their rights
unto the leader, and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what
I have done. And I am Caesar.”
Many readers wrote to me to let me know that this quote is
not in Julius Caesar. I apologize to everyone for this error.
We at Save the Pine Bush strive to tell the truth, and the last
thing I want to do is mis-quote the Bard.
See "The Pine Bush
and Bombs Part II"
Printed in the January/February 2003 Newsletter