Friday, May 19, 2006

Quotes for the long weekend

The state structure is of secondary significance. That this is so Christ himself teaches us. 'Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's' -- not because every Caesar deserves it, but because Caesar's concern is not with the most important thing in our lives.
— Alexander Solzhenitsyn in As Breathing and Consciousness, from From Under the Rubble (via Paul Tuns)

In a way, the basic urge towards socialism is in all of us, since every one of us is inclined to impose our set of values on others; we seek to 'improve' the other fellow up to our own particular standards. But, most of us will try to 'elevate' the other fellow, and, meeting resistance will give it up as a hopeless job. The socialist, however, has an intuitive urgency for power, power over other people, and he proceeds to bolster this urgency with an ethic: he seeks power for a humanitarian purpose. He would 'elevate' all mankind to his ideal. Since the individual does not wish to be 'elevated', and lays claim to something called rights, the socialist undertakes to prove that the individual does not exist, that an amorphous thing called 'society' is the only fact of reality, and proceeds to impose his set of values on this thing.
— Frank Chodorov, About Socialism and Socialists

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Excellent quote. Thanks for sharing.

Butch McLarty said...

Extremely enlightening. ZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzz. Wake me up after the nuptials.

Honey Pot said...

Hiya Butch. You need a good kick in konckers. What's up? You won't even wave anymore now that I am in exile. Miss you much.