Memorial Day Quote

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

Attributed to George Orwell, though there’s some debate about that.

I’ve seen this quoted with no small amount of pride. If Orwell in fact said it, I don’t think he meant it that way.

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3 Responses to Memorial Day Quote

  1. tom says:

    He definitely said something to that effect, but it was about coal miners in ‘The Road To Wigan Pier’

    harder to fetishise that though

  2. Dave says:

    The source of the quote is really not the issue here, folks.