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Put this one in the “the more things change, the more they stay the same” category.  Though he was speaking to an English audience nearly 90 years ago, Churchill could have very well been addressing the American people yesterday afternoon.

The worst difficulties from which we suffer do not come from without.  They come from within . . . They come from a peculiar type of brainy people always found in our country, who, if they add something to its culture, take much from its strength.  Our difficulties come from the mood of unwarrantable self-abasement, into which we have been cast by a powerful section of our intellectuals.  They come from the acceptance of defeatist doctrines by a large proportion of our politicians.  But what do they offer but a vague internationalism, a squalid materialism, and the promise of Utopias?

Winston Churchill

“England”

Speech to the Royal Society of St. George

London, April 24, 1933

3 Replies to “Quote of the Day

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    zweston says:

    Very prophetic. I think it was very well noted that there was little added to the culture through this group. And the nihilism that necessarily comes from the materialist worldview is very much a net negative…the culture of death reigns until it kills itself off.

    I find more than anything the projection of racism, close-mindedness, facism, etc. from the liberal/critic/skeptic/materialist in the name of “building back better” to be very telling and consistent with Churchill’s quote

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    kairosfocus says:

    H’mm:

    ” Our difficulties come from the mood of unwarrantable self-abasement, into which we have been cast by a powerful section of our intellectuals. They come from the acceptance of defeatist doctrines by a large proportion of our politicians. But what do they offer but a vague internationalism, a squalid materialism, and the promise of Utopias?”

    British Empire death toll, WW1, 900k.

    KF

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    BobRyan says:

    Churchill was always elegant of speech and astute of observation. In 1937, he summed up Trotsky and the anti-Semitic attitudes of the Soviet Union.

    “In 1922 so great was the appreciation among the military for Trotsky’s personal attitude and system that he might well have been made Dictator of Russia by the armed forces, but for one fatal obstacle.

    He was a Jew. He was still a Jew. Nothing could get over that. Hard fortune when you have deserted your family, repudiated your race, spat upon the religion of your fathers, and lapped Jew and Gentile in a common malignity, to be baulked of so great a prize for so narrow-minded a reason!”

    https://isi.org/modern-age/when-churchill-sized-up-trotsky/

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