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.
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.
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.
Factory workers are not working for capitalism, they are working for a living wage.
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.
The agony of international relations is the need to try to practice politics without the basic conditions for political order.
Totalitarian rule marks the sharpest contrast imaginable with political rule, and ideological thinking is an explicit and direct challenge to political thinking.
In an abstract but real sense, Marxism arose through the breakdown first of religion and then of 'reason' as single sources of authority.
Politics has rough manners, but it is a very useful thing.
The praise of free men is worth having, for it is the only praise which is free from either servility or condescension.
Too often the revolutionary is the man who must create order in the chaos left by failed conservatives.
The idea of a rational bureaucracy, of skill, merit, and consistency, is essential to all modern states.
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.
Democracy is perhaps the most promiscuous word in the world of public affairs.
A politics of vengeance is not politics. Revenge is a recklessness towards the future in a vain attempt to make the present abolish a suffering which is already past.
Totalitarianism surpasses autocracy.
To Marx the claim of the theory of ideology is that all doctrine is a derivative of social circumstance.
Where government is impossible, politics is impossible.
Free men stick their necks out.
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