L. Neil Smith Quote

“Few things are more laughably pitiable than authority once it has been successfully defied.”

~ L. Neil Smith

The Probability Broach, 284 (Tor, 1980).

Ratings and Comments

Mann, Kalamazoo

There's at least one glaringly obvious thing that's "more laughably pitiable" than authority "defiled." It's the steady drone of fatally belated, whiny, ignorant protestations issuing from the defiled ones - and sounding like much of the daily commentary one may encounter here.

jim k, Austin, Tx

He also said " Government is a disease masquerading as it's own cure". How true !!

Mike, Norwalk

Mann, I like it ;-) Authority defined at natural law, legal positivism, legal realism, at religion, etc. all have very different effects on whom the authority is directed.

Mike, Norwalk

Thanks jim - your add on quote goes a long way in demonstrating my comment.

E Archer, NYC

People muster the courage to face the devil when the curtain is pulled back to reveal nothing but props.


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