Dec. 7, 1991 - from an essay in
If you wish to form a government you cannot afford to behave like one.
1971 - from
Statesman and Nation
The family is essentially a protective force, and not least against the claims of thestate. It is an area of private custom, as opposed to public law. It is an alternativeto the state as a focus of loyalty, and thus a humanizing force in society. Unlikethe state, it upholds non-material values - makes them paramount, indeed. Itrepudiates the exclusive claims of
. ... The family, in fact, is a gentleideology in itself, because it is inconcievable without a system of morality basedon altruism. The family embraces tradition rather than fashionable dogma. Itupholds a balance of rights and responsibilities, and not merely withingenerations: it insists on respect for the past, and concern for the future.
1985 - quoted in
The Pick of Paul Johnson
Labour today is so deeply anti-creative, so organically and instinctually lacking inany positive impulses, that it actually likes banning things or people, for its ownsake. It's motto is: accentuate the negative. To ban, to boycott, to embargo, toexclude, blacklist, close down, shut up, silence, censure - these are the thingswhich now come naturally to it, perhaps the only things it really knows how to do.
Nov. 14, 1986 - from a column in
, quoted in
The Quotable Paul Johnson
, Marlin, Rabatin,Higgins, eds.Throughout history, the attachment of even the humblest people to their freedom,above all their freedom to earn their livings how and where they please, has comeas an unpleasant shock to condescending ideologues. We need not suppose thatthe exercise of freedom is bought at the expense of any deserving class orinterest - only of those with the itch to tyrannize.
1977 - from
Enemies of Society
[Liberal fascism] It is constituted not so much by liberals themselves as by thewell-organised and increasingly aggressive pressure groups liberal triumphalismhas spawned. Its two most dangerous manifestations ... are the race relationsindustry and the homosexual lobby, though there is a growing number of otherobjectionable groups ... What worries me is not so much the demands of theseliberal fascists as the willingness of the rich and powerful, both people andinstitutions, to bow to them. There is the stench of cowardice in the air, as in theoriginal fascist heyday of the Thirties.
May 5, 1990 - from a column in
The pursuit of truth is our civilization's glory, and the joy we obtain from it is thenearest we shall approach to happiness, at least on this side of the grave. If weare steadfast in this aim, we need not fear the enemies of society.
1977 - from
Enemies of Society
... by cutting the umbilical cord with God, our source of ethical vitality would begone. Morally we would become nothing better than a species of fantasticallyclever monkeys. Our ultimate fate would be too horrible to contemplate. For thetruth is that we humans are all Jekyll and Hyde creatures, and the monster withineach of us is always striving to take over.
Jun. 1985 - from an essay in
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