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In all of #Goethe's writings, probably nothing is more relevant to the frightening idea of the #NewWorldOrder (#NWO) than the following exchange in the #tragedy #Egmont:

"A l b a. Du sagst mir was ich nicht hören sollte; auch ich bin fremd.
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E g m o n t. Dass ich dir's sage, zeigt dir dass ich dich nicht meine.
A l b a. Und auch so wünscht' ich es nicht von dir zu hören. Der König sandte mich mit Hoffnung, daß ich hier den .Beistand des Adels finden würde. Der #König w i l l seinen Willen.
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.. Der König hat nach tiefer Überlegung gesehen, was dem #Volk​e frommt; es kann nicht bleiben und gehen wie bisher. Des Königs Absicht ist, sie selbst ZU IHREM EIGNEN BESTEN EINZUSCHRÄNKEN, ihr eigenes Heil, wenn's sein muß, ihnen aufzudringen, die schädlichen #Bürger
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.. aufzuopfern, damit die übrigen Ruhe finden, des Glücks einer weisen #Regierung genießen können. Dies ist sein Entschluss; diesen dem #Adel kundzumachen habe ich Befehl; und Rat verlang ich in seinem Namen, w i e es zu tun sei, nicht w a s: denn das hat er beschlossen.
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E g m o n t. Leider rechtfertigen deine Worte die Furcht des Volkes, die allgemeine Furcht! So hat er denn beschlossen, was kein Fürst beschließen sollte. Die Kraft seines Volks, ihr Gemüt, DEN BEGRIFF, DEN SIE VON SICH SELBST HABEN, WILL ER SCHWÄCHEN, niederdrücken,
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.. zerstören, um sie bequem regieren zu können. Er will den innern KERN IHRER EIGENHEIT VERDERBEN; gewiss in der Absicht, sie glücklicher zu machen. Er will sie vernichten, damit sie etwas werden, ein ander Etwas." [ emphasis by spaced letters is Goethe's; emphasis by capital
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My tr.:

'A l b a. You tell me what I am not supposed to hear; I, too, am a foreigner.
[The Duke of Alba worked as an agent of the Spanish Emperor, primarily to quell the #insurgency against #Spanish rule in the #Netherlands . LG,I]
E g m o n t.
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..The fact that I tell it to you shows you that I am not addressing myself to you.

A l b a. Even so, I don't wish to hear it from you. The king sent me in the hope that here I will find the support of the Nobility. The king w a n t s to have his will. After deep deliberation,
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.. the king has seen what behooves the people; the people cannot stay and live as before. The intent of the king is TO RESTRICT THE PEOPLE IN ITS OWN BEST INTEREST, [and] (if need be) to force the people into salvation, [and] to sacrifice the harmful citizens in order to
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..let the rest find sufficient peace to relish the bliss of being governed wisely. This is his decision; I've been given orders to disclose this to the nobility; and in the name of the king I demand cousel about h o w to do it, not w h a t to do:
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.. for this is what He has decided.
E g m o n t. Sadly, your words justify the fear of the people, the generalized fear! Thus he has decided what no prince should decide. The vigor of his people, its mood, THE CONCEPT THAT IT HAS OF ITSELF [all this] HE WANTS TO WEAKEN
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..to suppress, to destroy in order to comfortably rule them. He wants to CORRUPT THE inner CORE OF ITS CHARACTER; surely with the intent of making them happier. He want to annihilate[the character of the people] in order to let the people become something, a different Something.'
Remark. Relevant texts to compare:
• the figures of 'Naptha' and 'Settembrini' in Mann's '#Zauberberg',
• the 'Reden an die Deutsche Nation' by Johann Gottlieb #Fichte (cf. #RADDN),
• the tale Великий инквизитор within Братья Карамазовы by #Достоевский.

#comparativeliterature
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