Category Archives: Diplomacy

Resistance

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it always to be kept alive.” The words of Thomas Jefferson, author of the United States Declaration of Independence, and whereas as 4th July 1776 … Continue reading

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Reform

“Each generation doubtless feels called upon to reform the world. Mine knows that it will not reform it, but its task is perhaps even greater. It consists in preventing the world from destroying itself.” The words of French philosopher Albert … Continue reading

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Dictator

“Every dictator is an enemy of freedom, an opponent of law.” The words of Demosthenes, which no doubt the Polish prime minister, Beata Szydło, had in mind as she delivered her latest broadside against the European Union, with dictatorship and … Continue reading

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Forest

“I’m always astonished by a forest. It makes me realise that the fantasy of nature is much larger than my own fantasy. I still have things to learn.” The words of author Gunter Grass. And as far as Poland’s primaeval … Continue reading

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Emigration

“A great emigration necessarily implies unhappiness of some kind or other in the country that is deserted.” The words of economist Thomas Malthus which ring as true today – perhaps even more loudly – as they did in the nineteenth … Continue reading

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Crash

“The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds; high towers fall with a heavier crash; and lightning strikes the highest mountain.” The words of Horace which remind us that accidents happen even to the highest in the land. Or, … Continue reading

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Growth

“There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits to human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.” These the positive words of that that most positive of U.S. presidents, Ronald Reagan. And he is right, although all too many … Continue reading

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Candidate

“Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame.” The words of philosopher Bertrand Russell which, albeit tending to cynicism, is probably true. As L.P. Hartley began the Go Between: “The past is a foreign … Continue reading

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Crusade.

“Radicals don’t care about the institutions. They are looking for an ideological crusade. Traditions don’t matter.” The words of American academic Norman Ornstein which some might consider apposite when considering the current Polish government’s quest to create the right sort … Continue reading

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Security

“I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.” The words of Douglas MacArthur. And, on the threats from without, Thomas … Continue reading

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