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““Who is this Walt Disney? He seems to me to be a very dangerous revolutionary. This—all of this—is underhand sedition. I’m not such a fool—. I see his point. This Donald Duck! It’s subtle but I get him. I get him. The busybody who interferes and tangles up everything. That’s the suggestion. That’s how I’m lied about. That’s what they want to say of me —if they dared. He’s even got the sailor’s cap I wear at times. The way the forehead is shaped! Exactly the same! The grave look he gives people before he does something decisive. It is insidious. It is abominable. It is deliberate. This Disney ought to be shot. Where does he work? Where is he to be found?”

“These films were made before the Group existed,” said Norvel, recovering slowly from his amazement. “I don’t know where Disney is. Probably he is quite old by now. He was doing his work before the Last War. I don’t know if he is still alive. Maybe he is still making films, happily unconscious.”

Autocracy was making Norvel a facile liar. He had as a matter of fact been talking to Disney three days before, and discussing a scheme for a great series of operas with him. But he saw no reason why Rud should intervene in these matters.”

– H. G. Wells, The Holy Terror. 1939. 4.2.4. 

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“We don’t want a capitulation,” said Rud. “You see, Reedly, we don’t want any excuse for an assembly of the old governments on our side. … From our point of view the war to end war can have no formal end. We’ve got controlled shipping, amalgamated air forces, pooled finance, consolidated news-services, a common uniform. We want to keep them common for evermore. But the day we proclaim Victory and Peace the diplomatists and nationalists will come creeping out of their funk-holes again with their flags and claims and bills on each other and all that sort of thing. Versailles all over again.”

– H. G. Wells, The Holy Terror. 1939. 3.2.7.

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