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Reinhold Niebuhr
1892 - 1971
American theologian and philosopher

... perhaps the most grievous [error of socialism] is the illusion that egotism is purely a fruit of a capitalistic system. ... The utopian illusion is in turn the root of Marxist fanaticism.

Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems.

The whole art of politics consists in directing rationally the irrationalities of men.

Original sin is that thing about man which makes him capable of conceiving of his own perfection and incapable of achieving it.

Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.