"The first sign of corruption
in a society that is still alive
is that the end justifies the means."
by:
Georges Bernanos
(1888-1949) French author
Source:
The Last Essays of Georges Bernanos, 1955
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 -- Ally, Ont. Can.      
Great...but what does it mean?
 -- Anonymous     
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     -- philip      
    As Stalin once said, If you're going to make an omelet you have to break some eggs. Meaning, Anonymous, If he had to starve millions of people to death, it was fine if he reached his "goals".
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    Spain was truly a mess. Franco was not a good influence on the man. Nor his religious background I suspect.
     -- watchman 13, USA     
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    While Bernanos did initially support the Spanish Nationalist rebels he was quickly disenchanted with them once he observed them put their ideals into action:
    "My illusions on the enterprise of General Franco did not last long - two or three weeks - but while they lasted I conscientiously endeavoured to get over the disgust which some of the men and means inspired in me."
    - Bernanos, Georges. A Diary of My Times, London: Boriswood, 1938, p. 85.
    I suppose that ultimately the Spanish Fascists were a good influence on Bernanos because their behavior allowed him to see the them clearly.
     -- A.WOODS, Gloucester     
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    For the most part, any kind of social engineering is in fact 'the end' rather than the means to an end. We never actually get to the professed 'end' but we do end up being more and more controlled without end.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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