Friday, May 25, 2007

Business As Usual

Where's the man to stop the rush of social-democratic ideas? The opportunity and the day have come and are gone! Believe me: gone forever! For the sun is set and the last barrier removed. England was the only barrier to the pressure of infernal doctrines born in continental back-slums. Now, there is nothing! The destiny of the nation and all nations is to be accomplished in darkness amidst much weeping and gnashing of teeth, to pass through robbery, equality, anarchy, and misery under the iron rule of a military despotism! Such is the lesson of common sense logic.

Socialism must invariably end in Caesarism.

- Joseph Conrad, "Life and Letters"; G. Jean Aubry, London 1927; Vol 1 p 84, cited in C. Northcote Parkinson, "The Evolution of Political Thought"; Viking, 1964, p.216