Principium Volume III, Book 13, Quote 1326, 1328, and1329

1326. (3-2-2011) Your party man, however excellent his intensions may be, is always opposed to any limitation of sovereignty. He regards himself as the next in succession, and handles gently the property that is to come to him, even while his opponents are its tenants. (- Benjamin Constant) Hence it is that there is in the political circles of a modern society a wide complicity in the extension of Power (Government control)ATJ.

- Bertrand de Jouvenel – On Power, 1948


1328. (3-2-2011) Now it suffices, as we have just seen and as the whole of history teaches us, for only one of the great powers of the future to produce a leader who will convert into sinews of war the power taken for social advancement, and then all the others must follow suit. For the more complete the hold which the state gets on the resources of a nation, the higher, the more sudden, the more irresistible will be the wave in which an armed community can break on a pacific one. It follows that, in the very act of handing over more of ourselves to the state, no matter how benevolent a face it wears today, we may be fostering tomorrow’s war and ensuring that it will be to the last one as the last one was to the wars of the Revolution.

- Bertrand de Jouvenel, 1903-1987


1329. (3-2-2011) We are safe in saying that the more completely Power can control the actions of the members of society and turn their resources to its uses, the greater is Power’s extent.

- Bertrand de Jouvenel - On Power, 1948

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