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  • Posted by Lucky 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    Here are some quotes related to this subject, in no particular order:

    Milton Friedman
    “Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.”
    “The most harm of all is done when power is in the hands of people who are absolutely persuaded of the purity of their intentions."

    Albert Camus
    “The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience.”

    Bertrand Russell
    “moral indignation is one of the most harmful forces in the modern world, the more so as it can always be diverted to sinister uses by those who control propaganda.”

    Blaise Pascal
    ‘Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.’

    CS Lewis
    Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

    G F Kennan
    . . In this dogma, with its basic altruism of purpose, they found justification for their instinctive fear of outside world, for the dictatorship without which they did not know how to rule, for cruelties they did not dare not to inflict, for sacrifices they felt bound to demand.

    Aldous Huxley
    "The surest way to work up a crusade in favor of some good cause is to promise people they will have a chance of maltreating someone.
    To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your bad behavior 'righteous indignation' —
    this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats."

    Milan Kundera
    "Anyone who thinks that the communist regimes of central Europe were exclusively the work of criminals, overlooks a basic truth- criminal regimes are not made by criminals but by enthusiasts convinced that they have discovered the only road to paradise."
    . . the enthusiasts are more determined and rigorous than the criminals in removing opposition as they act in the cause of righteousness, such removal requires large scale murder. It is only much later when no paradise is visible down that path that the enthusiasts are seen just as murderers.

    Isabel Paterson
    "Most of the harm in the world is done by good people, and not by accident, lapse, or omission. It is the result of their deliberate actions, long persevered in, which they hold to be motivated by high ideals toward virtuous ends... when millions are slaughtered, when torture is practiced, starvation enforced, oppression made a policy, as at present over a large part of the world, and as it has often been in the past, it must be at the behest of very many good people, and even by their direct action, for what they consider a worthy object."
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  • Posted by LibertyBelle 9 months, 3 weeks ago
    I don't think the "good" intentions are necessarily good. i think that in some,if not in a lot, of cases the intentions behind a lot of things are power-lust, resentment of independence, and maybe resentment of human ability and achievement. What Ayn Rand called "envy" in her article "The Age of Envy" (which was also printed as a chapter in The New Left: the Anti-Industrial Revolution ,which has also been published as _The Return of the Primitive_I also think that a lot of what has been miscalled "good" has come from bad philosophy.
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