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The Deep Peace of Being In Opposition – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Electoralism, Ideology, Means and Ends, Politics, Quotes

I happen to like Stanislas/Constantine. When dealing with an incensed young Bosnian who accused him of being a government stooge, he responds with some gravity by saying:

“Yes. For the sake of my country, and perhaps a little for the sake of my soul, I have given up the deep peace of being in opposition.”

This is one of the more profoundly mature, and also among the most tragic, of the signals that (Rebecca) West’s ear was attuned to pick up.

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