We are developing the social individualist meta-context for the future. From the very serious to the extremely frivolous... lets see what is on the mind of the Samizdata people.

Samizdata, derived from Samizdat /n. - a system of clandestine publication of banned literature in the USSR [Russ.,= self-publishing house]

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

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on RedditShare on Google+Share on VKEmail this to someone

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.