(urth) Gene Wolfe's Politics
rasputin_ at hotmail.com
Thu Mar 26 11:55:03 PDT 2009
A rather overly narrow interpretation of what constitutes a "burden", however.
"When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set." -- Lin Yutang
> Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 10:22:05 -0400
> From: brunians at brunians.org
> To: jsmith2627 at att.net; urth at lists.urth.net
> CC: urth at urth.net
> Subject: Re: (urth) Gene Wolfe's Politics
> Cut two taxes when you lay one sounds like an excellent rule.
> > Rereading "On Blue's Waters," I came upon some of Horn's reflections on
> > being a ruler: "My advisors, who are all good, well-intentioned men, are
> > forever suggesting that I get down to business, although they never phrase
> > it quite so baldly. If action must be taken, they want it taken now,
> > immediately...Immediate action is the soul of war, as I learned many years
> > ago by observing General Mint. It is not the soul of peace...When a new
> > burden must be laid upon the people, we should remove two, and look very
> > carefully, first, at those we have chosen to remove. Those who sail fast
> > do not sail for long, while what is written with great rapidity is rarely
> > read--or worth reading." (OBW, Chap. 7)
> > Horn expresses--I think--Gene Wolfe's view, a view of true conservatism.
> > Our present society is certainly not perfect, but change should be slow
> > and careful, lest we create something worse.
> > Best wishes,
> > Jack
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