Quote [45] – Individual Responsibility, Structural Obedience & The Military

“This topic brings me to that worst outcrop of the herd nature, the military system, which I abhor.  That a man can take pleasure in marching in formation to the strains of a band is enough to make me despise him.  He has only been given his big brain by mistake; a backbone was all he needed.  This plague-spot of civilisation ought to be abolished with all possible speed.  Heroism by order, senseless violence, and all in the pestilent nonsense that does by the name of patriotism – – how I hate them! War seems to me a mean, contemptible thing: I would rather be hacked to pieces than take part in such an abominable business.  And yet so high, in spite of everything, is my opinion of the human race that I believe this bogey would have disappeared long ago, had the sound sense of the nations not been systematically corrupted by commercial and political interests acting though the schools and the press” The world as I see it

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