Principium Volume I, Book 2, Quote 213, 214, 215

213. Plato had thought of the ideal state as a partnership in wisdom and virtue, the center of all human aspiration, governed by the idea of the Good. Aristotle had hoped for a state that would be a community of friendship, through moderation and balance reconciling classes and private interests. But Augustine rejects these notions. The state is governed by men, subject to sinful appetites – enslaved especially by the lust for power. On looking at the history of any people, one perceives how, despite heroic endeavors by some few good and strong men, any state soon is riddled with corruption. Put no faith in salvation through the political order.

- Russell Kirk – The Roots of American Order, 1974


214. Nevertheless, the state is necessary – a necessary evil, if you will. For the state restrains men from the ruinous indulgence of their appetites and passions: the only alternative to the state is anarchy, which would bring destruction swiftly upon the whole race.

- Russell Kirk – The Roots of American Order, 1974

215. But it is an illusion to suppose that there can be any escape from the evils of organized society through the return to primitivism, since this involves the fallacy that nature is intrinsically virtuous and law the mark of degeneracy.

- Charles Norris Cochrane, 1889-1945

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