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Kraus – Humanity on the Way to the Gallows

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Die Aufgabe der Religion: die Menschheit zu trösten, die zum Galgen geht. Die Aufgabe der Politik: Sie lebensüberdrüssig zu machen; die Aufgabe der Humanität: ihr die Galgenfrist zu verkürzen und die Henkersmahlzeit gleich zu vergiften.

The mission of religion is to comfort humanity on its way to the gallows. The mission of politics is to make her weary of life; the mission of humanity: to shorten her appointment with the gallows, and then to poison the executioner’s last meal.

Karl Kraus, Sprüche und Widersprüche in Die Fackel, Nos. 261/62, p. 4 (1908)(S.H. transl.)

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