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Entries from July 31st, 2012

Perhaps it was not suitable for a man to think every thought to its logical conclusion – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on Perhaps it was not suitable for a man to think every thought to its logical conclusion – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Communism, Extremism, Ideology, Politics, Totalitarianism

For forty years he had lived strictly in accordance with the vows of his order, the Party. He had held to the rules of logical calculation. He had burnt the remains of the old, illogical morality from his consciousness with the acid of reason. He had turned away from the temptations of the silent partner, […]

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They were too deeply entangled in their own past, caught in the web they had spun themselves – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on They were too deeply entangled in their own past, caught in the web they had spun themselves – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Democracy, Means and Ends, Morality, Politics

They were too deeply entangled in their own past, caught in the web they had spun themselves, according to the laws of their own twisted ethics and twisted logic; they were all guilty, although not of those deeds of which they accused themselves. There was no way back for them. Their exit from the stage […]

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Show us not the aim without the way – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Show us not the aim without the way – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Democracy, Electoralism, Means and Ends, Politics

‘Show us not the aim without the way. For ends and means on earth are so entangled That changing one, you change the other too; Each different path brings other ends in view.’ FERDINAND LASSALLE: Franz von Sickingen

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He could only be removed by violence – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on He could only be removed by violence – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Leadership, Politics

‘My father considered that one day the cup would overflow and the Party would depose him or force him to resign; and that the opposition must propagate this idea.’ ‘And Rubashov?’ ‘Rubashov laughed at my father, and repeated that he was a fool and a Don Quixote. Then he declared that No. 1 was no […]

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To sell oneself to one’s own conscience is to abandon mankind – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on To sell oneself to one’s own conscience is to abandon mankind – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Electoralism, Politics, Progressive Politics

‘The greatest criminals in history,’ Ivanov went on, ‘are not of the type Nero and Fouché, but of the type Gandhi and Tolstoy. Gandhi’s inner voice has done more to prevent the liberation of India than the British guns. To sell oneself for thirty pieces of silver is an honest transaction; but to sell oneself […]

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Sympathy, conscience, disgust, despair, repentance, and atonement are for us repellent debauchery – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on Sympathy, conscience, disgust, despair, repentance, and atonement are for us repellent debauchery – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Electoralism, Means and Ends, Philosophy, Politics

‘My point is this,’ he said; ‘one may not regard the world as a sort of metaphysical brothel for emotions. That is the first commandment for us. Sympathy, conscience, disgust, despair, repentance, and atonement are for us repellent debauchery. To sit down and let oneself be hypnotized by one’s own navel, to turn up one’s […]

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To Sell Oneself for Thirty Pieces of Silver is an Honest Transaction; But to Sell Oneself to One’s Own Conscience is to Abandon Mankind – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on To Sell Oneself for Thirty Pieces of Silver is an Honest Transaction; But to Sell Oneself to One’s Own Conscience is to Abandon Mankind – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Extremism, Ideology, Politics, Power, Quotes

‘The greatest criminals in history,’ Ivanov went on, ‘are not of the type Nero and Fouché, but of the type Gandhi and Tolstoy. Gandhi’s inner voice has done more to prevent the liberation of India than the British guns. To sell oneself for thirty pieces of silver is an honest transaction; but to sell oneself […]

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In old days, temptation was of carnal nature. Now it takes the form of pure reason – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on In old days, temptation was of carnal nature. Now it takes the form of pure reason – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Communism, Means and Ends, Politics

‘A page Satanas!’ repeated Ivanov and poured himself out another glass. ‘In old days, temptation was of carnal nature. Now it takes the form of pure reason. The values change. I would like to write a Passion play in which God and the Devil dispute for the soul of Saint Rubashov. After a life of […]

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TONIGHT POLITICAL DIFFERENCES ARE BEING SETTLED – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on TONIGHT POLITICAL DIFFERENCES ARE BEING SETTLED – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Communism, Extremism, Politics, Quotes, Totalitarianism

FUNNY – THAT YOU FELT IT AT ONCE… . FELT WHAT? EXPLAIN! tapped Rubashov, sitting up on the bunk. No. 402 seemed to think it over. After a short hesitation he tapped: TONIGHT POLITICAL DIFFERENCES ARE BEING SETTLED… . Rubashov understood. He sat leaning against the wall, in the dark, waiting to hear more. But […]

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He is made out of a certain material which becomes the tougher the more you hammer on it – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off on He is made out of a certain material which becomes the tougher the more you hammer on it – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Power, Quotes

‘When Rubashov capitulates,’ said Ivanov, ‘it won’t be out of cowardice, but by logic. It is no use trying the hard method with him. He is made out of a certain material which becomes the tougher the more you hammer on it.’

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