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'A Pillar of Iron'

PostPosted: October 6th, 2020, 7:38 pm
by toucana
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.” 


(Taylor Caldwell A Pillar of Iron (1965) - Often misattributed to Cicero, the subject of her novel).

Re: 'A Pillar of Iron'

PostPosted: October 7th, 2020, 12:35 am
by BadgerJelly
What George Orwell Wrote About the Dangers of Nationalism: On Facts, Fallacies, and Power

By “nationalism” I mean first of all the habit of assuming that human beings can be classified like insects and that whole blocks of millions or tens of millions of people can be confidently labelled “good” or “bad.” But secondly—and this is much more important—I mean the habit of identifying oneself with a single nation or other unit, placing it beyond good and evil and recognizing no other duty than that of advancing its interests. ... tionalism/