I bought a copy of Harold Laski’s first-world-wartime book, The Problem of Sovereignty the other day (the copy which the author inscribed to A. L. Smith, then Master of Balliol), and couldn’t help noticing that the relevant sentence is this:
“Truly there is point in Mr. Chesterton’s remark that only logic drives men mad.”
The same trip to the bookshop bagged me Paul FrÃ¶lich’s life of Rosa Luxemburg for only a fiver, too, to add to my growing collection of Left Book Club editions, so I’m very pleased about that. And this one has a much longer p.23 l.5:
“Their discussions were tireless and never-ending, and the subjects innumerable: philosophy, Darwinism, the emanicpation of women, Marx, Tolstoi, the fate of the Obshtchina, the last remnant of Russian Agrarian Communism, the prospects and the historical importance of capitalist development in Russia, the upshot of Nihilist terrorism, Bakunin, Blanqui, the methods of the revolutionary struggle, the demoralisation of the western bourgeoisie, Bismarck’s fall, the victorious struggle of German Social Democracy against the Anti-Socialist Laws, the emancipation of Poland, the teachings of Lavrov and Tchernishevski, the “treachery” of Turgeniev committed in his novel “Fathers and Sons”, Emile Zola, and a thousand other “questions”; but always the same theme: Revolution.”
OK: I’ll stop playing this game now.