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Herbert Spencer on the extreme moderates

SociologyPosted by David McDonagh Thu, December 05, 2013 12:24:47

'There are people who hate anything in the shape of exact conclusions; and these are of them. According to such, the right is never in either extreme, but always half-way between the extremes. They are continually tying to reconcile. Yes and No. Ifs and buts, and excepts, are their delight. They have so great a faith in “the judicious mean” that they would scarcely believe an oracle, if it uttered a full-length principle. Were you to inquire of them whether the earth turns on its from East to West, or from West to East, you might almost expect the reply ---”A little of both,” or “Not exactly either.” It is doubtful whether they would assent to the axiom that the whole is greater than the part, without making some qualification.' SPENCER



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