Conservative Quote of the Day

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War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. — John Stuart Mill

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2 Responses to “Conservative Quote of the Day”

  1. mark n Says:

    John Stuart Mill’s quote is complex to interpret. If a person avoids conflict, and that avoidance eventually leads to loss of freedom or death, then the result of the pacifist approach is at least as bad as the choice to go to war. In both scenarios the person is likely to suffer misery and a threat to their well being. For a society, capitulation in order to avoid war could lead to the destruction of the entire fabric of the society by a dominant force disrespectful of the conquered society. Both the decision to war and the decision to be pacifist could lead to pain, equal or otherwise. My opinion is that, by studying history, the pacifist approach to conflict has led to worse battles, pain, and suffering, than challenging aggressors earlier. Perhaps in the US we should have returned the German scientists to Hitler so he could finish making his A bomb? Maybe he would have been friendly after such a gesture. Ethics in diplomacy is relative. We have to believe that we are more ethical than our adversary. Also, we must accept that often there is no solution to a conflict completely free of cost.

  2. Shane Says:

    great quote and very appropriate for what has been going on in the news. Sometimes war is eminent and other times its not, but to choose to do nothing while people are threatening your way of life is no way to live.

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