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The Question of Wrath

British commentator John Derbyshire looks at WHETHER ANGER IS EVER JUSTIFIED >

A reader of the Corner responded, "Mr. Derbyshire, As usual, the Right Honorable Edmund Burke said it best in one my personal favorite outakes from one of his works. To wit: 'A kind Providence has placed in our breasts a hatred of the unjust and cruel, in order that we may preserve ourselves from cruelty and injustice. They who bear cruelty, are accomplices in it. The pretended gentleness which excludes that charitable rancour, produces an indifference which is half an approbation. They never will love where they ought to love, who do not hate where they ought to hate.' (Letters on a Regicide Peace) Just so!"

By hatred we mean hatred of wrong actions, not hatred of people. A glance at the history of FREEDOM > shows that stopping injustice sometimes requires indignant and righteous anger.

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