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Samizdata slogan of the day

“To exist without enemies is to be a miserable jellyfish that stands for nothing.”
Carter Laren, Capitalism Magazine

5 comments to Samizdata slogan of the day

  • Johan

    Excellent quote there. It’s easier to deal with enemies than jellyfishes.

  • Des

    Didn’t Cheryl Crow say before the recent liberation of the Iraqi people that the solution to the problems facing the USA was to have no enemies.

  • S. Weasel

    Yessss…well. True enough.

    But I always worry about observations like this one. People are too tempted to believe the corollary – in this case, that the more enemies one has, the more principled one is. When it may simply be that one is an insufferable dickwad.

  • Byron

    It depends on who your enemies are. If they are Saddam, Kim, Khomeni, Osama, Jacques, Dominique, Gerhard, the UN and every other two-bit leftist dictatorship, I’d say you’re pretty darned principled.

  • Sigivald

    The rest of the quote, properly: ” or to have ruthlessly killed all of your enemies.”