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January 10, 2016

"Utopists abhor what the poets love."

“Utopists abhor what the poets love:

the fauna and the flora, the trees that send their branches outward in such an unpatterned, capricious way, the bridges and the streams, and the untamed instincts of men. As Gaston Lafarge has perceptively noted, utopists prefer the square and compass, account books, syllogisms, and taxonomies. They hate what differentiates, for they are utter conformists in every detail.” - - Jacques Ellul, The Betrayal of the West HappyAcres

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 10, 2016 8:34 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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"....(utopists) hate what differentiates, for they are utter conformists in every detail.”


For others.

For themselves though they get to do whatever they want and if you don't like it tough shit.

Just get your ass in a perfect line and do as they say.

Until such time that you get fed up enough you pull your heater and blow his fukkin head all the way off, then balance, harmony, and equilibrium will spontaneously occur, quite naturally.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 10, 2016 9:54 AM

Or, as Ludwig von Mises put it in his book, Bureaucracy:

The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office. Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau. What an alluring utopia! What a noble cause [for which] to fight!

Hale Adams
Pikesville, People's still-mostly-Democratic Republic of Maryland

Posted by: Hale Adams [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 10, 2016 10:02 AM

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