Sunday 3 December 2023


'The greater part of the population is not very intelligent, dreads responsibility, and desires nothing better than to be told what to do. Provided the rulers do not interfere with its material comforts and its cherished beliefs, it is perfectly happy to let itself be ruled.' Aldous Huxley, “The Art of Seeing”. I don't believe this.

'Liberal opinions are the opinions of those who would be free from certain constraints & regulations, from a certain dependence & duty deemed necessary for the general or popular welfare. Liberal opinions are very convenient opinions for the rich & powerful...'
Benjamin Disraeli. Liberals in his day believed in freedom, unlike in ours.

'We have done everything we can to turn Vladimir Putin into an implacable enemy of the United States.' Colonel Douglas MacGregor. Yes and the US did the same with China and Iran.

'The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues.' Elizabeth Taylor. This is not necessarily true. I knew a psychopath who boasted about having no vices.

'If you are to punish a man retributively you must injure him. If you are to reform him you must improve him. And men are not improved by injuries.' George Bernard Shaw

'Once, on the panel of the Australian equivalent of BBC's Question Time, broadcast from Sydney Opera House, I was asked to name a dangerous idea, in front of a huge and largely hostile Left-wing audience. I said (to gasps) that the most dangerous idea in human history was that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and had risen from the dead.' Peter Hitchens today in the Mail on Sunday


  1. Liberals believe their opinions contribute to the general welfare. They just have a different idea of what the general welfare is than conservatives do.

    Besides, don’t those liberals kowtow all the time to regulations? Like clean air and water?

    1. Liberals in the 19th century believed in freedom. Tempus mutantur.

  2. This reminds me of a favorite sermon I heard while at Fuller Seminary. This prof was talking about the five wise virgins and the five foolish ones. And at the end he said – and he was addressing all the single male seminarians at the time – “Would you rather be with the wise virgins at the feast, or with the foolish virgins in the dark?”

    Terry Lindvall

    1. He lied. That is said to have been said by Warden Spooner in a sermon at the chapel of New College, Oxford.