Sunday, October 19, 2008

Quote of the Day

“Did not workers previously resort at once to sabotage and set fire to factories?—To induce men to reconcile their interests peacefully without involving the legal system, there is, in the end, apart from all virtues, one effective motive that often enough puts into the most reluctant hands pure instead of violent means: it is the fear of mutual disadvantages that threaten to arise from violent confrontation, whatever the outcome might be. Such motives are clearly visible in countless cases of conflict of interests between private persons. It is different when classes and nations are in conflict, since the higher orders that threaten to overwhelm equally victor and vanquished are hidden from the feelings of most, and from the intelligence of almost all.”

—Walter Benjamin, “Critique of Violence” (p. 245 in SW1).

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://solidarity-us.org/node/1472

maybe already a bit old, but always bears repeating...
nathan

Jaime said...

Great quote. Wonderful blog, too, been a fan for some time now.

Alex said...

put up something new dammit you're boring me. otherwise I'll need to go and do something I'll regret like go insult girish or something.