Sunday, October 17, 2010

Long Live the King

If these restraints on [Man's] aspirations are regularized, so that his "way of life" achieves a semblance of stability, he soon loses consciousness of restraint; what he may have resented at the beginning is not only accepted but also defended. ... This is the secret ally of the State - the inclination of the human to adore the conditions which have been imposed on him and under which he has found a comfortable adjustment. ... Only the theoretician, the economist and the historian, concerns himself with the long-term consequences of the State's interventions. In the meantime one must live, and in the meantime "long live the king."
Frank Chodorov (1959, The Rise & Fall of Society)

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