Fighting Prussianism

Frederick L. Allen

The only way to fight Prussianism is with Prussian tools.

– Frederick Lewis Allen, a member of the Council of National Defense (US), 1917, explaining at the beginning of WW1 that in order to overcome German authoritarianism it was necessary to embrace it. Bizarrely, he wrote in the next sentence that ‘the danger is lest we forget the lesson of Prussia: that the bad brother of discipline is tyranny…’

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