Thursday, August 20, 2009

Rethinking Churchill

"In a way, Churchill as Man of the Century will be appropriate. This has been the century of the State of the rise and hyper-trophic growth of the welfare-warfare state and Churchill was from first to last a Man of the State, of the welfare state and of the warfare state. War, of course, was his lifelong passion; and, as an admiring historian has written: "Among his other claims to fame, Winston Churchill ranks as one of the founders of the welfare state." Thus, while Churchill never had a principle he did not in the end betray, this does not mean that there was no slant to his actions, no systematic bias. There was, and that bias was towards lowering the barriers to state power."

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1 comment:

A. B. Caneday said...

Lord Acton was right when he reminded historians that "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."