Hans Enzensberger

A Quote by Hans Magnus Enzensberger on philanthropy and conspiracy

I do not imagine a conspiracy, since there is no need for such a thing.  A social class, and especially a ruling class, is not held together by secret bonds, but by common and glaringly evident self-interest. I do not fabricate monsters. Everybody knows that bank presidents, generals, and military industrialists do not look like comicstrip demons: they are well-mannered, nice gentlemen, possibly lovers of chamber music with a philanthropic bent of mind. There was no lack of such kind people even in the Germany of the Thirties. Their moral insanity does not derive from their individual character, but from their social function.  (The New York Review of Books, February 29, 1968)

Hans Enzensberger

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