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Die elementare Reaktion gegen Ungerechtigkeit und für Gerechtigkeit ist abhanden gekommen — jene Reaktion, die auf die Dauer des Menschen einigen Schutz gegen einen Rückfall in die Barbarei gewährleistet. Denn ich bin überzeugt, der leidenschaftliche Wille zur Gerechtigkeit und Wahrheit hat mehr zur Verbesserung der menschlichen Lebensbedingungen beigetragen, als die berechnende politische Schlauheit, die auf die Dauer nur allgemeines Mißtrauen erzeugt. Wer will bezweifeln, daß Moses ein besserer Führer der Menschheit war als Machiavelli?
The elementary reaction against injustice and for justice has been lost—and it is this reaction which over time furnished humankind with protection against a collapse into barbarity. I am convinced that the passionate commitment to justice and truth has done more to improve the human condition than any calculating political cleverness, which over time produces only general distrust. Who can possibly doubt that Moses was a better leader for humankind than Machiavelli?
–Albert Einstein, Aus meinen späten Jahren ch. 5, p. 30 (1937)(S.H. transl.)
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”