“Political and intellectual bureaucrats show depression, passivity and perplexity in their actions and in their statements and even more so in theoretical reflections to explain how realistic, reasonable as well as intellectually and even morally warranted it is to base state policies on weakness and cowardice.(…) Should one point out that from ancient times decline in courage has been considered the beginning of the end?”
– Discurso profético de Alexander Solzhenitsyn, em Harvard, junho de 1978. Há quase 30 anos. Outro texto cuja (re)leitura se recomenda.