Daniel Berrigan, from ‘The Nightmare of God: The Book of Revelation’, 1983

October 24, 2016 § Leave a comment

Every nation-state, by supposition, tends toward the imperial: that is the point. Through banks, armies, secret police, propaganda, courts and jails, treaties, treasuries, taxes, laws and orders, myths of civil obedience, assumptions of civic virtue at the top …
Still it should be said that of the political left, we expect something better. And correctly. We put more trust in those that show a measure of compassion. We agree, compassionately but instinctively, with those who denounce the hideous social arrangements which make war inevitable and human want omnipresent; which foster corporate selfishness, pander to appetites and disorder, waste the earth.

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