Commonplace Book #100

Having emptied political life of moral content, we have as a nation been unwilling to accept the consequences.  If prophets tell us that our public life has been reduced to bare expediency stripped of altruism and idealism, we call them cynics.  We cannot endure to face cleanly and honestly what we have done in obliterating the moral criterion and the spiritual dimension from our manipulation of the people in the spheres of political, public, and institutional life.  We have therefore invented a pseudo-value which will throw over decisions and actions that are purely expedient and pragmatic an air of respectability.  I mean the alleged virtue of loyalty, which is useful to give a bogus moral quality to a slavish acceptance of the party line.

Harry Blamires, The Christian Mind, 23