23 January 2006
George Orwell may or may not have said "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." (It sounds like Orwell, but it hasn't turned up in his known writings.)
Gagdad Bob provides a corollary:
"Evil people sleep peaceably in their beds at night because tenured wackademics and left-wing media sheep stand ready to make excuses on their behalf."
Bob, to his credit, doesn't mention Orwell.
Posted at 8:02 AM to Almost Yogurt
People of good conscience sleep peaceably in their beds at night because they have spoken the truth, regardless of who agrees with them.
Having one's conscience at ease doesn't guarantee even a passing acquaintance with the truth.
Orwell did say it. I have his collected writings, and it's in there.
I'm NOT going to look it up, because I'm basically lazy, but I believe it is in an article about Rudyard Kipling.
If it weren't that it would invoke Godwin's Law, I might observe that I rather doubt Josef Goebbels suffered much from insomnia.
But it would, so I won't.