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Quotation of the Day…

… is from pages 76-77 of Felix Morley’s 1949 essay “State and Society,” which is reprinted as Essay Two in the 1979 Liberty Fund collection The Politicization of Society (Kenneth S. Templeton, Jr., ed.):

We must also realize that the strength gained by a victorious state through war is in large part taken not from the enemy but from its own people.  All of the private elements in society – the family, the church, the press, the school, the corporation, the union and other cooperatives – are subject to special discipline by the state in wartime.  The pressure of this discipline depends on the urgency of the wartime emergency, which the state itself defines.

War is indeed the health of the state.


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