Thursday, 28 September 2017

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"There is no greater sorrow on earth than the loss of one's native land." 
Euripides

“Intellectuals are naturally attracted by the idea of a planned society, in the belief that they will be in charge of it.”
Sir Roger Scruton

''In revenge and love woman is more barbaric than man is.''
Nietszche


“The disposition, in any conflict, to side with ‘them’ against ‘us’, and the felt need to denigrate the customs, culture and institutions that are identifiably ‘ours’. Being the opposite of xenophobia I propose to call this state of mind oikophobia, by which I mean (stretching the Greek a little) the repudiation of inheritance and home.”
Sir Roger Scruton

"Joseph de Maistre’s ‘night-vision’ in the SoirĂ©es may well be the principal feat of precise foresight in the history of modern political thought and theory. It makes the ‘futurology’ of Rousseau, of Hegel and Marx look utterly shallow. The age of the Gulag and of Auschwitz, of famine and of ubiquitous torture, of Idi Amin, of Pol Pot and of Ceaucescu is exactly that which de Maistre announced. The nuclear threat, the ecological laying waste of our planet, the leap of endemic, possibly pandemic, illness out of the very matrix of libertarian progress, are correspondent to the analysis and prevision of the SoirĂ©es. The axiom of Original Sin, however we interpret its existential content, offers a key to the facts of our historical condition (there is, of course, in both Marxist and Freudian aetiologies of the human circumstance a scarcely-concealed borrowing of the axiom of the Fall). No secularist-liberal model can match either the logic or the predictive force of de Maistre’s political theology."
George Steiner

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  1. ''In revenge and love woman is more barbaric than man is, except men kill and enslave a hell of a lot more people than women do but somehow still ascribe evil powers to women in order make themselves feel superior." -- Reality

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