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The Appetite of Tyranny

Including Letters to an Old Garibaldian

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Author: G.K. Chesterton
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 19,523 / 61 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.3
LoC Category: PR
Audiobook: www.archive.org
Downloads: 2,574
Added to site: 2004.07.01
mnybks.net#: 8322
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Essays, Audiobook
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arians. We should know exactly what we meant by it; and we should know that it is true. For we do not mean anything that is an imperfect civilisation by accident. We mean something that is the enemy of civilisation by design. We mean something that is wilfully at war with the principles by which human society has been made possible hitherto. Of course it must be partly civilised even to destroy civilisation. Such ruin could not be wrought by the savages that are merely undeveloped or inert. You could not have even Huns without horses; or horses without horsemanship. You could not have even Danish pirates without ships, or ships without seamanship. This person, whom I may call the Positive Barbarian, must be rather more superficially up-to-date than what I may call the Negative Barbarian. Alaric was an officer in the Roman legions: but for all that he destroyed Rome. Nobody supposes that Eskimos could have done it at all neatly. But (in our meaning) barbarism is not a matter of methods but of aims. We say that

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