Democracy is perhaps the most promiscuous word in the world of public affairs.
What matters in Politics is what men actually do - sincerity is no excuse for acting unpolitically, and insincerity may be channelled by politics into good results.
Politics are, as it were, the market place and the price mechanism of all social demands - though there is no guarantee that a just price will be struck; and there is nothing spontaneous about politics- it depends on deliberate and continuous activity.
Factory workers are not working for capitalism, they are working for a living wage.
The agony of international relations is the need to try to practice politics without the basic conditions for political order.
Politics deserves much praise. Politics is a preoccupations of free men, and its existences is a test of freedom.
The plain truth is that what holds a free state together is neither general will nor a common interest, but simply politics itself.
The political process is not tied to any particular doctrine. Genuine political doctrines, rather, are the attempt to find particular and workable solutions to this perpetual and shifty problem of conciliation.
Since the business of politics is the conciliation of differing interests, justice must not merely be done, but to be seen to be done.
The unique character of political activity lies, quite literally, in its publicity.
Free men stick their necks out.
Quite apart from the prestige of technology, people do, after all, prefer a simple idea to a complex one.
One of the symptoms of a declining social order is that its members have to give most of their time to politics, rather than to the real tasks of economic production, in an attempt to patch up the cracks already appearing from the 'inner contradictions' of such a system.
Totalitarian rule marks the sharpest contrast imaginable with political rule, and ideological thinking is an explicit and direct challenge to political thinking.
The method of rule of the tyrant and the oligarch is quite simply to clobber, coerce, or overawe all or most other groups in the interest of their own.
In an abstract but real sense, Marxism arose through the breakdown first of religion and then of 'reason' as single sources of authority.
The idea of a rational bureaucracy, of skill, merit, and consistency, is essential to all modern states.
Totalitarianism surpasses autocracy.
The attempt to politicize everything is the destruction of politics. When everything is seen as relevant to politics, than politics has in fact become totalitarian.
The politician has no more use for pride than Falstaff had for honour.
Certainly if the fundamental problem of society is that demands are infinite and resources are always limited, politics, not economics is the master science.
If a government is to do great new things, it will need more support. If a government is to change the world, it will need mass support. This is one of the discoveries of modern government.
The praise of free men is worth having, for it is the only praise which is free from either servility or condescension.
Politics has rough manners, but it is a very useful thing.
BOREDOM with established truths is a great enemy of free men.
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