Milton S. Mayer

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Milton Sanford Mayer (August 24, 1908April 20, 1986) was an American journalist and educator, most famous for his long-running column in The Progressive magazine.


  • When we have produced men of reason, we shall have a world of reason, and the Hitlers will disappear. As long as we produce men of force we shall have a world of force, and the Hitlers, whoever wins the wars, will carry the day.
    • Mayer (1939) "I think I'll sit this one out." in: Saturday Evening Post, October 7, 1939; Republished in: We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now. Basic Books, October 20, 2008. p. 193

They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-35 (1955)[edit]

  • The masses of the people could not be held back from Nazism, so powerful was its appeal, and this same priest, who would not leave his people, went with them to Nazism, too.
    • p. 219
  • National Socialism did not make men unfree; unfreedom make men National Socialists.
    • p. 277
  • Hitlerism was a mass flight to dogma, to the barbaric dogma that had not been expelled with the Romans, the dogma of the tribe, the dogma that gave every man importance only in so far as the tribe was important and he was a member of the tribe.
    • p. 288

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