Quotes by Bernard Crick

Bernard Crick

British political theorist

Alive from: 1929-2008

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    A politics of vengeance is not politics. Revenge is a recklessness towards the future in a vain attempt to make the present abolish a suffering which is already past.
    Source: In Defence Of Politics Ch. 4, A Defence Of Politics Against Nationalism,
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    Certainly if the fundamental problem of society is that demands are infinite and resources are always limited, politics, not economics is the master science.
    Source: In Defence Of Politics A Footnote To Rally The Academic, p. 164
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    If a government is to do great new things, it will need more support. If a government is to change the world, it will need mass support. This is one of the discoveries of modern government.
    Source: In Defence Of Politics A Footnote To Rally The Academic, p. 179
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    In an abstract but real sense, Marxism arose through the breakdown first of religion and then of 'reason' as single sources of authority.
    Source: In Defence Of Politics Ch. 5, A Defence Of Politics Against Technology, p
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    One of the symptoms of a declining social order is that its members have to give most of their time to politics, rather than to the real tasks of economic production, in an attempt to patch up the cracks already appearing from the 'inner contradictions' of such a system.
    Source: In Defence Of Politics Ch. 5, A Defence Of Politics Against Technology, p
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    Politics is too often regarded as a poor relation, inherently dependent and subsidiary; it is rarely praised as something with a life and character of its own.
    Source: In Defence Of Politics Ch. 1, The Nature Of Political Rule, p. 15
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    Quite apart from the prestige of technology, people do, after all, prefer a simple idea to a complex one.
    Source: In Defence Of Politics Ch. 5, A Defence Of Politics Against Technology, p
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    Since the business of politics is the conciliation of differing interests, justice must not merely be done, but to be seen to be done.
    Source: In Defence Of Politics Ch. 7, In Praise Of Politics, p. 148
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    The attempt to politicize everything is the destruction of politics. When everything is seen as relevant to politics, than politics has in fact become totalitarian.
    Source: In Defence Of Politics Ch. 7, In Praise Of Politics, p. 151
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    The idea of a rational bureaucracy, of skill, merit, and consistency, is essential to all modern states.
    Source: In Defence Of Politics Ch. 7, In Praise Of Politics, p. 143
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    The method of rule of the tyrant and the oligarch is quite simply to clobber, coerce, or overawe all or most other groups in the interest of their own.
    Source: In Defence Of Politics Ch. 1, The Nature Of Political Rule, p. 18
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    The praise of free men is worth having, for it is the only praise which is free from either servility or condescension.
    Source: In Defence Of Politics Ch. 7, In Praise Of Politics, p. 140
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    The unique character of political activity lies, quite literally, in its publicity.
    Source: In Defence Of Politics Ch. 1, The Nature Of Political Rule, p. 20
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    There is no great danger to politics in the desire for certainty at any price.
    Source: In Defence Of Politics Ch. 5, A Defence Of Politics Against Technology, p
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    To Marx the claim of the theory of ideology is that all doctrine is a derivative of social circumstance.
    Source: In Defence Of Politics Ch. 2, A Defence Of Politics Against Ideology, p.
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