„We are not imitating Hitler and Mussolini. They are imitating us. They have just discovered what we knew for centuries: that a corporate, collectivist system pays.“

—  Toshio Shiratori, Quoted in "The American Mercury" - Page 157 - edited by Henry Louis Mencken - 1942.
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