Deep thought

“Rationalist politics, I have said, are the politics of the felt need, the felt need not qualified by a genuine, concrete knowledge of the permanent interests and direction of movement of society, but interpreted by ‘reason’ and satisfied according to the technique of an ideology:  they are the politics of the book.  And this also is characteristic of almost all contemporary politics:  not to have a book is to be without the one thing necessary, and not to observe meticulously what is written in the book is to be a disreputable politician.”

Michael Oakeshott, “Rationalism in Politics

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