From Charlton:

I was struck by the division of democratic politics into nativism – favouring natives; versus alienism – favouring aliens. . . .

Suppose that neutrality really is in practice impossible – just suppose that for a minute. . . .

It would be to admit that we have been deluded for centuries, that we have been barking up entirely the wrong tree, that we have been rendering our civilization helpless in the face of its opponents – worse, making our civilization abet its own downfall.

Just this simple error – to suppose neutrality, impartiality of process, really was a possibility – hence really was desirable – instead of the fact (as it seems) that always we must make a choice.

(Thanks to Buckethead for the pointer)


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