By Henry Williamson
Quantity 13 of A Chronicle of historical Sunlight. In September 1939, struggle with Germany casts its lengthy shadow over town and geographical region. Phillip Maddison, now farming in East Anglia, nonetheless stubbornly believes that Hitler's leader goal is the defence of Europe opposed to Stalin; yet he's engaged in a private conflict at the 'bad lands' the place his farm is located, attempting to subdue mounting money owed and to create a fertile yeoman keeping for his relatives. The portrayal of his struggles, either with himself and with the land, hold overall conviction, as does the image of his lifestyles in England until eventually the finishing of the conflict of Britain.
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The atrocities he had seen committed during the war in moments of passion were far outdone by this cool, refined and deliberate ending of a life. That very same day, he wrote to his friend Vasily P. Botkin: 1 The truth is that the State is a plot, designed not only to exploit but also tocorruptits citizens. Forme, the lawslaid down bypoli tics aresordid lies.... I shall never enter the service of any government anywhere. 2 36 V'; Violent life for the State Public executions, or indeed any executions at all, may be described with some justification as a corrupting influence; and Tolstoy, in using the word 'exploit', made a fair assessment of the activities pursued by the Russian and other ruling classes over the centuries.
He was really more interested in the idea that 'progress in human well-being can only be achieved by relying more and more on reason and conscience and less and less on man-made laws'. 2 3 54 Tolstoy on the State: the critical assessment 55 But, if your 'reason and conscience' tell you that a man-made law is wrong, how can you follow them except by ignoring the law? One senses here a subconscious wish to deviate from Tolstoy's strong line, but some uncertainty about how to do it. All the same, M a u d e does not attempt to deny that 'injustice and inequality' are 'flagrant among us t o d a y ' .
T; Chapter 8 Tolstoy on the State: the critical,.. assessment Politicians make strange bedfellows, but they all share the same bunk. Edgar A. Shoaff. '[ ' * y T OLSTOY'S severe verdict on state morality led, as was inevitable, to criticism, some supportive, but on the whole adverse. The critic supremely well placed to form an opinion about him was his friend and translator Aylmer Maude, who, during Tolstoy's lifetime, and while they were still in constant touch with one another, appears on the whole to have shared his views.