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  • Quote of the Day

    Posted by Lexington Green on August 13th, 2013 (All posts by )

    It is extraordinary how long a nation will allow itself to be misgoverned.

    Rudolf Binding, A Fatalist at War (1926/1929)

     

    8 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

    1. David Foster Says:

      He was speaking about….?

    2. Lexington Green Says:

      Russia. He has a diary entry when he heard about the March 1917 Revolution. But it struck me as being of general, maybe universal, application.

    3. David Foster Says:

      Yeah, I figured it was intended for general applicability, but thought maybe it had been inspired by something the Kaiser or one of his minions did…

    4. ErisGuy Says:

      Centuries, if Russia is any guide. Millennia,if Italy.

    5. Jonathan Says:

      Depends on the culture?

    6. Lexington Green Says:

      Depends if the people are actually a “nation” which implies some self-awareness and literacy. But more generally it is a sad fact that masses of people are held enslaved by tiny numbers of people because the tiny group are armed and have self-confidence in their right to rule, and the inchoate mass cannot get organized to overthrow them. That is most of history. Nauseating.

    7. MikeK Says:

      It is certainly the story of Iran right now.

      I think it was Adam Smith who said “There is a lot of ruin in a great nation.” I fear we are test that hypothesis this century.

    8. Ralf Goergens Says:

      Russia. He has a diary entry when he heard about the March 1917 Revolution.

      The Czarist regime was the justification the Social Democrat leadership could offer to their base for supporting the war loans in the Reichstag. Without the party’s support the loans wouldn’t have been approved by parliament and Germany wouldn’t have been able to go to war. Funny how things turn out sometimes.