It's been fascinating to see how much less radical and how much less insane I am presently perceived to be than I was 15 years ago. And yet, my observations and positions are virtually unchanged.
emails to admit that his past belief in political neutrality was incorrect:
I pray your readers can
get some benefit from how wrong I was about being politically neutral.
See, I was always taught to keep politics out of business
conversation and to keep a reasonable face on. So for 20 years, I assumed if
the day came when we had to take a stand, friends and family would view us as
just that... the ones who would speak out politically only if it was absolutely
necessary. Something like the voice of reason.
Then the pandemic happened, and now the election. With these, my
eyes have been opened.
When we express an ounce of skepticism, about anything... BLM,
Covid, voting, media, global corps... we've been immediately denounced as
ring-wing Nazis. I wish I could say I was joking or exaggerating. This is true
of friends we've had for decades. In some cases, they've flipped on us in
seconds. It's obvious these people are so beside themselves, they'll end up
turning us in one day, if we let them.
For those of you who believe you can remain neutral, you're
fooling yourself. Whether you know it or not, you'll always find a reason to
excuse yourself from the fight. However, sooner or later you'll have to stand,
and don't think they're going to give you a pass for your past neutrality. You
cannot reason with evil, and they do not care.
A quote from
Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy seems apt here.
It was therefore
necessary, if Rome wished to remain free amid the corruption, that just as the
city had created new laws in the course of its existence, it should also have
created new institutions, because different institutions and ways of life must
be established for a subject who is evil rather than good, nor can similar
forms exist in completely different substances. But since all these
institutions must either be reformed all in a single stroke as soon as it is
discovered they are no longer good, or little by little before everyone
recognizes they are bad, let me say that both of these two alternatives are
The wish to reform them little by little requires a prudent
man to come forward who sees this problem from some distance and in its initial
stages. It is very likely that an individual of this type may never emerge in a
city, and even if one were to emerge, he might not be able to persuade others
of what he himself has come to understand, because men used to living in one
way do not wish to change, and all the more so when they do not see the evil
for themselves but must have it demonstrated to them through abstract
As for changing these institutions all at once, when
everyone realizes they are no longer good, let me say that this
ineffectiveness, though easily recognized, is difficult to correct, because to
do so ordinary practices are no longer sufficient, once ordinary methods have
It's been fascinating to
see how much less radical and how much less insane I am presently perceived to
be than I was 15 years ago. And yet, my observations and positions are