Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Heresies

"It is not merely that at present the rule of naked force obtains almost everywhere. Probably that has always been the case. Where this age differs from those immediately preceding it is that a liberal intelligentsia is lacking. Bully-worship, under various disguises, has become a universal religion, and such truisms as that a machine-gun is still a machine-gun even when a 'good' man is squeezing the trigger--and that in effect is what Mr Russell is saying--have turned into heresies which it is actually becoming dangerous to utter."

--George Orwell
Review of "Power: A New Social Analysis by Bertrand Russell" in The Adelphi (January 1939); 

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