Saturday, August 18, 2012


"Whether the mask is labelled Fascism, Democracy, or Dictatorship of the Proletariat, our great adversary remains the Apparatus---the bureaucracy, the police, the military. Not the one facing us across the frontier or the battlelines, which is not so much our enemy as our brothers' enemy, but the one that calls itself our protector and makes us its slaves. No matter what the circumstances, the worst betrayal will always be to subordinate ourselves to this Apparatus, and to trample underfoot, in its service, all human values in ourselves and in others."

                                       --- Simone Weil, "Reflections on War", 1933.

1 comment:

Brian M said...

Except...the alternative to The Apparatus is not always FREEDOM 9cue the swelling music), but FAMILY/NEPOTISM, the TRIBE OR CLAN, the CULT LEADER, or, worse yet, THE OWNER/THE MASTER, etc. etc. etc.