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Samizdata slogan of the day

Everyone is reactionary about subjects he understands.
Robert Conquest, quoted in the Guardian, and then quoted again in The Week

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3 comments to Samizdata slogan of the day

  • What a wonderfully thought-provoking quote.

  • That’s a riff on Mr. Conquest’s own “Three Laws of Politics”, formulated some years ago:

    1. Everyone is conservative about what he knows best.

    2. Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing.

    3. The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.

  • Thomas

    Anyone intrigued enough by this quotation, should immediately read Conquest’s year-old book “Reflections on a Ravaged Century.” Just to cite the best remarks he makes would take a hundred pages. You will be delighted.