Amos Oz on Imagination

The state has no imagination. "The imagination of the state" exists only in the imagination of some writers, like those who invented our title here. Some writers have indeed died in jails and gulags while others have thrived in courts and dachas. Moreover, "the sweet and simple common people" out there are neither sweet nor simple. We know, most of us, better than that. Just read your own books and see. The "state" is a necessary evil simply because many individuals are very capable of being very deadly. Moreover, some states are almost fair, some are bad, some are lethal. And...

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