Quote of the week

“Equality”? Forget that, Jack:

The Socialist State gives all power to the government, and therefore cuts much deeper than any other government, in practice, the chasm between the governor and the governed. In every society there is the public official and the private citizen. But the number of things that the public official can do is increased and not diminished by the collectivist change. In short there can not be political equality, even if there is economic equality. Even if we have abolished aristocracy and plutocracy, there can still be bureaucracy; and perhaps a particularly bullying bureaucracy.

Once again, devastating clarity from G. K. Chesterton’s crystal ball. This piece from New Witness originally appeared on 23 December 1921.

3 comments

  1. McGehee »

    11 July 2015 · 10:23 pm

    People 100 years ago understood clearly what so many today have never even heard of.

  2. fillyjonk »

    12 July 2015 · 8:42 am

    Much shock and amazement on some of the news channels that some functionary somewhere screwed up and let the Charleston shooter get a gun when he legally should not have.

    And I’m yelling at the television, “And yet, you think it’s a dandy idea to give these folks more control over stuff like how healthcare is administered?”

  3. CGHill »

    12 July 2015 · 11:16 am

    A minor setback on the road to Utopia. And they will never, ever back down: Paul Ehrlich, who hasn’t been right about anything for four decades, is still revered as some sort of climate prophet, and, per Zymurgy’s Law of Evolving System Dynamics, once you open a can of worms, it requires a far larger can to recan them.

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