Bertrand Russell

For the past few months I’ve been leisurely working my way through Bertrand Russell’s ‘History of Western Philosophy’ (written in 1946) and today I came across the following passage.

“The modern world, at present, seems to be moving towards a solution like that of antiquity: a social order imposed by force, representing the will of the powerful rather than the hopes of common men.

The irrational, contradictory and unethical nature of the statist ideology (that which is the scourge of humanity) becomes horrifyingly clear when it is described as concisely and eloquently as this.

Or, at least it should. And therein lies the human tragedy.

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