December 7, 2022

If you don’t have self respect, you won’t defend your own human dignity from attack by your enemies.

“Not only do the democracies today blame themselves for sins they have not committed, but they have formed the habit of judging themselves by ideals so inaccessible that the defendants are automatically guilty. It follows that a civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does and thinks will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself when its existence is threatened. Drilling into a civilization that it deserves defending only if it can incarnate absolute justice is tantamount to urging that it let itself die or be enslaved.”

“At both ends of the democratic world’s political spectrum there is agreement with the Soviet Union’s rationale for its plan to destroy the liberal societies — from radical critics out of conviction, from conservatives out of resignation.”

“And that attack, which is being waged with unexampled vigor, scope and intelligence, is catching the democracies in a state of intellectual impotence and political indolence that disposes them to defeat and makes a Communist victory probable, …”

“All mankind would then come under Communist domination.”

Livy, sharing thoughts and opinion from a bunkhouse on the southern high plains of Texas.