"Few things are more laughably pitiable than authority once it has been successfully defied."
by:
L. Neil Smith
American writer
Source:
The Probability Broach, 284 (Tor, 1980).
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There's at least one glaringly obvious thing that's "more laughably pitiable" than authority "defiled." It's the steady drone of fatally belated, whiny, ignorant protestations issuing from the defiled ones - and sounding like much of the daily commentary one may encounter here.
 -- Mann, Kalamazoo     
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    He also said " Government is a disease masquerading as it's own cure". How true !!
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    Mann, I like it ;-) Authority defined at natural law, legal positivism, legal realism, at religion, etc. all have very different effects on whom the authority is directed.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Thanks jim - your add on quote goes a long way in demonstrating my comment.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    People muster the courage to face the devil when the curtain is pulled back to reveal nothing but props.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Roland, Bonner's Ferry      
     
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