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Four Experimental Maxims. Of Politics and Political Categories.

1. If things were certain, moderation would never be a virtue.

2. Revolutionaries and reactionaries are unified in the principle of right, and moderates in the principle of doubt.

3. For the most part, history ignores the moderate. It ignores him until his doubt grows extreme enough to link him up with revolutionaries or reactionaries—until, blind to some obvious injustice, his doubt does some damage.

4. The categories of contemporary political language have become so heterogeneous that conversation between conservatives and liberals is near impossible. Of no help are moderates, who have little to say and only ever say it to themselves.

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