Thursday, August 10, 2006

Progressive politics on the couch

"We see it all around us today — in political creeds, in the conduct of nations. A reaction from humanitarianism — from pity — from brotherly good will. The creeds sound well sometimes — a wise régime — a beneficent government — but imposed by force — resting on a basis of cruelty and fear. They are opening the door, these apostles of violence, they are letting out the old savagery, the old delight in cruelty for its own sake! Oh, it is very difficult. Man is an animal very delicately balanced. He has one prime necessity — to survive. To advance too quickly is as fatal as to lag behind. He must survive! He must, perhaps, retain some of the old savagery, but he must not — no, definitely he must not — deify it!"
— Agatha Christie, Appointment With Death