Orwell & John Stewart Mill: Limitations Of Pacifism

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.  The decayed and degraded state of moral and spiritual 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 free so by exertions of better men than himself.”  John Start Mill

“Intellectuals in society such as our own, it is not unusual for an intellectual to feel no attachment to his own country.  This type is mostly deeply cynical, disaffected.  Most strike a pretense of imitativeness or sheer cowardice.  Most are members of religious sects or humanists who have not bothered to think of the consequences.  The real though unadmitted motive is pure hatred for Democracy and liberty.”  George Orwell

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