Joseph de Maistre was a 18th century French philosopher. He coined the quote which has been reverberated by more well known people like Alexis de Tocqueville and Abraham Lincoln. The quote I am referring to is ‘Every nation gets the government it deserves’.
He also stated ‘All grandeur, all power, all subordination to authority rests on the executioner: he is the horror and the bond of human association. Remove this incomprehensible agent from the world and at that very moment order gives way to chaos, thrones topple and society disappears’. Reading into this quote, I believe the crux is that without the threat of punishment, civility will not exist.
Another quote was ‘Wherever an altar is found, there civilization exists’. I read some articles addressing the creation of religious groups, they point out that religion was contrived to exert control over the masses. As a personal note, I am not totally in agreement that this is the sole purpose of religion but I do see where it can be used by governments to control people.
From these quotes, one can assess that Joseph de Maistre was somewhat of a revolutionary. I believe he was more of a philosopher who quoted on what he saw taking hold in society during his life. These quotes are as relevant today as they were in his time.
The news that prompted this post is Tunahan Kuzu. He is the leader of the DENK party in the Netherlands. The DENK is a controversial party which is rapidly gaining power in urban areas, especially areas that have a high Muslim population.
As you may be aware the Netherlands is another country being affected by the waves of migrants. Kuzu responded to the strife being caused by the migrants “If they don’t like a changing Netherlands in which people with different cultures live… like in the city of Zaandam or the neighbourhood of Poelenburg, they should get lost”.
As pointed out in Joseph de Maistre’s quote, the Dutch are now reaping what they sowed. Not that I believe that they deserve the extent of the destruction being caused to their country but they are responsible as that they voted in the politicians that allowed the migration to occur. This is not only occurring in the Netherlands but in countries all over the globe.