Do Not Do Your Enemies' Work For Them...
S P Oldham
Great quote by a great writer. This is from ‘Dictator’ by Robert Harris. It is written in respect of the political turmoil in ancient Rome leading up to and beyond the brutal murder of Clodius. In the book, the following words are spoken by the main protagonist, Cicero.
“…we must be careful not to do our enemies’ work for them. To argue that to preserve our freedoms we must suspend our freedoms, that to safeguard elections we must cancel elections, that to defend ourselves from dictatorship we must appoint a dictator – what logic is this?”
‘Dictator,’ Robert Harris
This is an outstanding trilogy in my humble opinion, of which ‘Dictator’ is the last, the first two being ‘Imperium’ and ‘Lustrum.’ I read this passage this morning and it immediately struck me as being relevant today. Whether or not these are the actual words spoken by Cicero, or they are Robert Harris’s own creation, they are still very striking, I believe. What do you think?
By the way, ‘Pompeii’ was in my view every bit as good, if not better, than this excellent trilogy. I read it in one night! Highly recommended.
Am still reading Dictator. I fully intend to leave a review on Goodreads when I am finished. If you are interested in my reviews (and those of other people) of Imperium and Lustrum then go here: