Quotation by Nadine Gordimer

In a democracy—even if it is a so-called democracy like our white-élitist one—the greatest veneration one can show the rule of law is to keep a watch on it, and to reserve the right to judge unjust laws and the subversion of the function of the law by the power of the state. That vigilance is the most important proof of respect for the law.
Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. Lecture, August 11, 1971, University of Natal, South Africa. "Speak Out: The Necessity for Protest," The Essential Gesture, ed. Stephen Clingman (1988).
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