Monday, March 24, 2008

QOTD

George Orwell in an essay titled James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution published in the May 1946 New English Weekly:
Suppose in 1940 you had taken a Gallup poll, in England, on the question ‘Will Germany win the war?’ You would have found, curiously enough, that the group answering ‘Yes’ contained a far higher percentage of intelligent people – people with IQ of over 120, shall we say – than the group answering ‘No’. The same would have held good in the middle of 1942. . .

The English intelligentsia, on the whole, were more defeatist than the mass of the people – and some of them went on being defeatist at a time when the war was quite plainly won – partly because they were better able to visualize the dreary years of warfare that lay ahead. Their morale was worse because their imaginations were stronger. The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it, and if one finds the prospect of a long war intolerable, it is natural to disbelieve in the possibility of victory.
(via Michael Weiss)

3 comments:

MaxedOutMama said...

Congratulations on the Sirius merger approval!

Carl said...

M_O_M:

Thanks! I'm seriously exhausted, and FCC approval is still to come.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

Great Orwell quote