posted by B Wook
During World War II in England, a party called Common Wealth founded during that conflict won three parliamentary by-elections against Coalition candidates; it was a straight revival of mid-Victorian Christian socialism & its founder, Sir Richard Acland was a recent evangelical convert who believed that ‘what was morally wrong could never be politically right’.
[Correlli Barnett, The Audit of Power, a study of the roots of post-war English collapse in WW II public behaviours, London (1985) — p 15]
What is moving about this ideal viewpoint is that in the raw zoological calculus of animal social or political behavior, what is morally most wrong is almost invariably politically most right .
Barnett admittedly is a conservative historian of the late-modern type & in his ruthless valuation of ‘reason’ he indeed is NOT sufficiently reactionary for my own tastes:
However, his analyses for instance of the characteristic English & German public traits underlying their respective modes of war-fighting in The Swordbearers (1960) even to-day is without many peers.
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[16 July 2013]