Quote Of The Week


In a real revolution, the best characters do not come to the front. A violent revolution falls into the hands of narrow-minded fanatics and of tyrannical hypocrites at first. Afterwards come the turn of all the pretentious intellectual failures of the time. Such are the chiefs and the leaders. You will notice that I have left out the mere rogues. The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane and devoted natures, the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement, but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims: the victims of disgust, disenchantment–often of remorse. Hopes grotesquely betrayed, ideals caricatured–that is the definition of revolutionary success. There have been in every revolution hearts broken by such successes.

— Joseph Conrad, via ChicagoBoyz.

18 responses to “Quote Of The Week

  1. I have a friend that said, “Revolutions have a bad habit of getting hijacked by the bad guys”. Always remembered that, thinking that the American Revolution was not so much that, but an American Civil War. Revolutions destroy the status quo. England and Parliament are still there, as before. Or, if you like, the American War for Independence. Kerensky got rid of the Czar and his bunch, but didn’t get rid of the Bolsheviks, and got hijacked.

  2. American revolution fared differently.

  3. While the quote may be true, or largely true, it’s not like we have a choice in the matter. We can’t say, “Revolution looks too dangerous, so let’s not have one after all.” It either comes, or doesn’t, and either case sucks. Just try to avoid being in the contingent that gets mowed down. Better to mow than to be mowed.

  4. Something to look forward to?

  5. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on ETC., ETC., & ETC..

  6. “Hopes grotesquely betrayed, ideals caricatured–that is the definition of revolutionary success.”

    Ain’t it so.

  7. It should be noted that Castro’s first order of business was to execute the majority of his ‘loyal followers’… and the hands of Che.

    Sometimes tyranny is baked into the revolutionary cake from the get-go.

    • Jimmy the Saint

      Of course it is. The first act of any new government is to ensure its own survival and supremacy. The key step is getting rid of the revolutionaries.

      Who needs revolutionaries after the revolution has been achieved?

      • Yuri Bezmenov talked specifically about that very thing:

        “Interviewer, G. Edward Griffin: To eliminate the others, to execute the others, don’t they serve some purpose? Wouldn’t they be the ones to rely on?

        Yuri Bezmenov: They serve purpose only at the stage of destabilization of a nation. For example, your Leftists in the United States, all these professors and all these beautiful civil rights defender, they are instrumental in the process of subversion, only to destabilize the nation. When the job is completed, they are none, they are not needed any more. They know too much. Some of them, when they see the Marxist-Leninists come to power, obviously, they get offended. They think that they will come to power. That will never happen, of course. They will be lined up against the wall and shot. But, they may turn into the most bitter enemies of Marxist-Leninism when they come to power. And that’s what happened in Nicaragua.

        You remember, most of the former Marxist-Leninist either were put to prison. And one of them split and now he’s working against the Sandinistas. It happened in Grenada, when Maurice Bishop, he was already a Marxist. He was executed by a new Marxist who was more Marxist than this Marxist. The same happened in Afghanistan. First there was Taraki. He was killed by Amin and Amin was killed by Brabak Karbakil with the help of the KGB. The same happened in Bangladesh when Mungi Burackman, the very pro-Soviet Leftist, was assassinated by his own Marxist-Leninist military comrades. It’s the same pattern everywhere. The moment they serve their purpose, all these useful idiots are used, either be executed entirely, or exiled or put in prison.”


        • Yes, McAlvany has informative weekly commentaries.
          The mentioning of G. Edward Griffin reminds me of the interview
          he did of Norman Dodd and the Reese Committee. If not
          aware of it, it can be found on you toob.

          Viva Cristo El Rey

          “Seek ye His Kingdom and His Righteousness”

  8. I kinda like the one with George Washington as our general.
    May be the exception to the rule but you must acknowledge
    its’ success for quite awhile.

  9. Marxist doctrine states that there are always two revolutions in every revolt. The first sweeps away the old order of things. The second installs the new order of things.

    Not stated in Marxist doctrine is the ‘nut’. That the leaders of the first are the successors in the second.

  10. First thing that popped into my head after reading that was Haxo in a Sam Browne belt.