THERE are few things in the world more tiresome than the talk which is heard, has always been heard, and will always be heard, about "the dreadful way the government is being run"; criticisms of the negligence, laziness, deceit, cheating, thievery, and incompetence of public officials, leading to the conclusion that things are going very badly indeed, that the country is headed straight for the damnation bow-wows.
"Facile criticism" is the name we well apply to such censure. If it is so perpetually recurring and so perpetually enduring, the reason is to be found in the premise which underlies it: the presupposition of a "perfect administration," where everybody does his duty with perfect intelligence and perfect scrupulousness. And this, as we shall see, is a wholly abstract conception, which, being such, can never be verified in reality.
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Publication information: Book title: The Conduct of Life. Contributors: Benedetto Croce - Author, Arthur Livingston - Translator. Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and Company. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1924. Page number: 237.
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