Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Could Not Have Said It Better Myself

The WSJ had a great quote in its "Notable and Quotable" section today. It is from The Times of London from 1846. What I want to know is, why don't newspapers write like this anymore?

The greatest tyranny has the smallest beginnings. From precedents overlooked, from remonstrances despised, from grievances treated with ridicule, from powerless men oppressed with impunity, and overbearing men tolerated with complaisance, springs the tyrannical usage which generations of wise and good men may hereafter perceive and lament and resist in vain.

At present, common minds no more see a crushing tyranny in a trivial unfairness or a ludicrous indignity, than the eye uninformed by reason can discern the oak in the acorn, or the utter desolation of winter in the first autumnal fall. Hence the necessity of denouncing with unwearied and even troublesome perseverance a single act of oppression. Let it alone, and it stands on record. The country has allowed it, and when it is at last provoked to a late indignation it finds itself gagged with the record of its own ill compliance.

Yep, I think that about sums it up. See, London was cool once.

1 comment:

  1. it's much easier to picture a frog in a steadily warming pot of water.