Quotation by Robert Warshow

Modern equalitarian societies ... whether democratic or authoritarian in their political forms, always base themselves on the claim that they are making life happier.... Happiness thus becomes the chief political issue—in a sense, the only political issue—and for that reason it can never be treated as an issue at all.
Robert Warshow (1917–1955), U.S. author. repr. In The Immediate Experience (1970). "The Gangster as Tragic Hero," Partisan Review (New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1948).
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