„The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.“

Quelle: Their Morals and Ours

Letzte Aktualisierung 7. Juli 2021. Geschichte
Leo Trotzki Foto
Leo Trotzki17
Sowjetischer Revolutionär, Politiker und Gründer der Roten … 1879 - 1940

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Matthew Prior Foto

„The end must justify the means.“

—  Matthew Prior British diplomat, poet 1664 - 1721

Hans Carvel (1700).

Leon Trotsky Foto

„A means can be justified only by its end. But the end in its turn needs to be justified“

—  Leon Trotsky Marxist revolutionary from Russia 1879 - 1940

Quelle: Their Morals and Ours (1938)
Kontext: A means can be justified only by its end. But the end in its turn needs to be justified, From the Marxist point of view, which expresses the historical interests of the proletariat, the end is justified if it leads to increasing the power of man over nature and to the abolition of the power of man over man.

Ursula K. Le Guin Foto
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Robert Moses Foto

„If the end doesn't justify the means, what does?“

—  Robert Moses American urban planner 1888 - 1981

Quoted in The Power Broker, p. 218.

Aldous Huxley Foto
Aldous Huxley Foto
John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton Foto

„The idea that the ends of government justify the means employed, was worked into system by Machiavelli.“

—  John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton British politician and historian 1834 - 1902

The History of Freedom in Christianity (1877)
Kontext: The idea that the ends of government justify the means employed, was worked into system by Machiavelli. He was an acute politician, sincerely anxious that the obstacles to the intelligent government of Italy should be swept away. It appeared to him that the most vexatious obstacle to intellect is conscience, and that the vigorous use of statecraft necessary for the success of difficult schemes would never be made if governments allowed themselves to be hampered by the precepts of the copy-book.
His audacious doctrine was avowed in the succeeding age, by men whose personal character otherwise stood high. They saw that in critical times good men have seldom strength for their goodness, and yield to those who have grasped the meaning of the maxim that you cannot make an omelette if you are afraid to break the eggs. They saw that public morality differs from private, because no government can turn the other cheek, or can admit that mercy is better than justice. And they could not define the difference, or draw the limits of exception; or tell what other standard for a nation’s acts there is than the judgment which heaven pronounces in this world by success.

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Ken Livingstone Foto

„One thing that Chairman Mao did was to end the appalling foot binding of women. That alone justifies the Mao Tse-tung era.“

—  Ken Livingstone Mayor of London between 2000 and 2008 1945

As quoted in "Now Livingstone is standing up for Mao's mass murder" by Jane Merrick in Daily Mail (19 May 2006), p. 48.

Earl Warren Foto

„This concept of "national defense" cannot be deemed an end in itself, justifying any exercise of legislative power designed to promote such a goal.“

—  Earl Warren United States federal judge 1891 - 1974

United States v. Robel (1967) - Findlaw file http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=389&invol=258
Kontext: This concept of "national defense" cannot be deemed an end in itself, justifying any exercise of legislative power designed to promote such a goal. Implicit in the term "national defense" is the notion of defending those values and ideals which set this Nation apart. For almost two centuries, our country has taken singular pride in the democratic ideals enshrined in its Constitution, and the most cherished of those ideals have found expression in the First Amendment. It would indeed be ironic if, in the name of national defense, we would sanction the subversion of one of those liberties — the freedom of association — which make the defense of our nation worthwhile.

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