#SW 121

 In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword.

Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers No. 1,

(Deutsch) SW #116

To grasp what is happening, we must set aside a number of deep-rooted prejudices. The first of these is the assumption that democracy presupposes secularisation. The second is the idea that a democrat is, by definition, also a liberal. Historically, this has not been the case. The American Founding Fathers were not secularists; for them, the separation of church and state was a way of protecting religion from government, not the reverse. The French Third Republic was established in 1871 by a predo­minantly conservative, Catholic, monarchist parliament that had just crushed the Paris Commune.

Oliver Roy

(Deutsch) SW #5

Everbody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die.