3.15.2010

Test Case

A speech delivered by Dostoevsky's fictional version (in Demons, 1869) of the infamous revolutionary, Sergei Nechaev:
You are called to renew the cause, which is decrepit and stinking from stagnation; keep that always before your eyes for encouragement. In the meantime your whole step is towards getting everything destroyed: both the state and its morality. We alone will remain, having destined ourselves beforehand to assume power: we shall rally the smart ones to ourselves, and ride on the backs of the fools. You should not be embarrassed by it. This generation must be re-educated to make it worthy of freedom.
Yes or no? Good or bad? For or against?

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