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November 6, 2016

A Message to the 21st Century | by Isaiah Berlin

If you are truly convinced that there is some solution to all human problems,

that one can conceive an ideal society which men can reach if only they do what is necessary to attain it, then you and your followers must believe that no price can be too high to pay in order to open the gates of such a paradise. Only the stupid and malevolent will resist once certain simple truths are put to them. Those who resist must be persuaded; if they cannot be persuaded, laws must be passed to restrain them; if that does not work, then coercion, if need be violence, will inevitably have to be used—if necessary, terror, slaughter. | The New York Review of Books

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 6, 2016 11:49 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Without exception, all government is violent force.

Posted by: Terry at November 6, 2016 3:29 PM

Why not try adequate government for imperfect citizenry?
The controller of the Ideal Government is always telling you: I`m using marked cards from which I deal with you.
Reject ideal government, perfection. Pursue slow-motion excellence as did our Revolutionary founding fathers.
Keep working at just improvements, which includes working with jackasses on all sides of this isle of irrationality on which we mud wrestle.
This requires that we cease useless talking, squawking and balking at the uphill walking.
And remember, even courageous loners can be crushed by the opposing bitchers and moaners.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at November 6, 2016 7:57 PM

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