"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain of success, than to take a lead in the introduction of a new order of things, because the innovation has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under new."
Nicolò Machiavelli, The Prince, 1515
"There are missions that can only be accomplished sine spe et sine metu. No hope of rewards or protection and no fear to touch powerful interests. When enforcement of the law is at stake, no compromise or diplomatic dealings can be accepted."
Judge Francesco Di Maggio Deputy Anti-Mafia High Commissioner in Italy, 7 Oct 1996
In fondo, al di là della comprensibile paura del ladro, non sono segno dello stesso latente malessere, quei deboli anticorpi espressi dalle cancellate attorno alle nostre ville, dai sistemi di sicurezza attorno alle nostre "privacy"?
Non c’è che dire. Tempi duri per gli aneliti di comunione.
A livello pubblico e privato. Precipitano le difese immunitarie della convivenza.
E, nonostante il gran parlare, alla borsa dei valori le quotazioni della solidarietà sono quelle più in ribasso.
Don Tonino Bello, 1992
"The law is not something that you invent in a University, the law is something that you discover.
Poor people already have agreements among themselves, social contracts, and what you have to do is professionally standardize these contracts to create one legal system that everybody recognizes and obeys."
Hernando de Soto
"Those who want the world to continue as it is now, they do not really want the world to continue."
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