The Vile Maxim of the Servants
Adam Smith wrote about “The vile maxim of the masters,” which is, as he describes it, “All for us, none for anybody else.” And the vile maxim of their loyal servants seems to be, “Whatever you say boss. You make the rules.”
The vile, amoral service to power – nothing disgusts me more; yet, it is rampant in the political class, and it is rampant in other sectors of society too, such as the corporate world, the media, the military, the police, the academy and the schools, the legal profession, the judiciary, the security forces, the bureaucrats and the government agents generally, and the so-called “intelligence” services.
As Thoreau said (paraphrasing from memory), “They place themselves on the level of wood and straw, and command no more respect than a clump of earth.
This is revolting behaviour. Such people need to find the door – and their spine – and abandon their service to their masters, and start behaving as human beings, and not as prostitutes or slaves, as they currently behave.
J. Todd Ring,
October 17, 2015
On Civil Disobedience – Henry David Thoreau
The Discourse On Voluntary Servitude – Etienne de la Boittie