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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 82 of Alain de Botton’s delightful 1993 volume, On Love (original emphasis):

Amorous politics begins its infamous history in the course of the French Revolution, when it was first proposed (with all the choice of a rape) that the state would not just govern but love its citizens, who would presumably respond likewise or face the guillotine.

If the state is our lover or affectionate ‘protector,’ we are all victims – and many of us willing or enabling victims – of domestic abuse.