The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce

The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce
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The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce
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people having a common malevolent purpose. In a republic the crust that confined the fires of violence and sedition was thinnest.

No improvement in the fortunes of the original anarchists through immigration to what was then called the New World would have made them good citizens. From centuries of secret war against particular forms of authority in their own countries they had inherited a bitter antagonism to all authority, even the most beneficent. In their new home they were worse than in their old. In the sunshine of opportunity the rank and sickly growth of their perverted natures became hardy, vigorous, bore fruit. They surrounded themselves with proselytes from the ranks of the idle, the vicious, the unsuccessful. They stimulated and organized discontent. Every one of them became a center of moral and political contagion. To those as yet unprepared to accept anarchy was offered the milder dogma of Socialism, and to those even weaker in the faith something vaguely called Reform. Each was initiated in

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Moral ijunry: a state of mind or being caused by a serious confrontation of consciousness. Typically, the morally injured person perceives a cloud of unknowing before birth and after death that threatens to overwhelm the only knowable portion of the spectrum, one’s life and the lives of other people that one can’t help but notice in the course of one’s life. This condition often manifests itself as a confusion over how to behave, a confusion over what is right and what is wrong, etc.