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If people are conscious about a matter that is historically sensitive, there's a good chance that issue has previously been a blight on humanity, and people have since made efforts to eradicate such acts from society to make amends for past faults. Bringing up such a topic again, regardless of how 'funny' or 'inoffensive' it is intended to be, can still offend parts of our community that have been previously affected by it. A simple solution? Don't do it. Don't say it. And if you do, expect media backlash. Prince Harry received such backlash for donning a Nazi uniform with a swastika at a costume party. The Jackson Jive and Delta Goodrem were scrutinised for trivialising blackface. were panned for their ads depicting gender stereotypes. It comes down to common courtesy. You may not be prejudiced, but there is a big difference between having a joke with friends who may defend your character, and exposing yourself publicly to strangers that will interpret your actions differently. 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Morally, the Republic was in a state of ferment louis vuitton handbags and consequent weakness, which so often accompanies the period of social reform. The strength arrayed against her was just then overwhelming; I mean the comparatively honest (because open) strength of armed forces. But, probably from innate inclination towards treachery, Frederick of Prussia selected for himself the Louis Vuitton Purses part of falsehood and deception. Appearing on the scene in the character of a friend he entered deliberately into a treaty of alliance with the Republic, and then, before the ink was dry, tore it up in brazen defiance of the commonest decency, which must have new balance factory store been extremely gratifying to his natural tastes. As to Austria, it shed diplomatic tears over the transaction. They cannot be called crocodile tears, insomuch that they were in a measure sincere. They arose from a vivid perception that Austria s allotted share of the spoil could never compensate Louis Vuitton Outlet Handbags her for the accession of strength and territory to the other two Powers. Austria did not really want an extension of territory at the cost of Poland. She could not hope to improve her frontier in that way, and economically she had no need of Galicia, oakley sunglasses wholesale a province whose natural resources were undeveloped and whose salt mines did not arouse her cupidity because she had salt mines of her own. No doubt the democratic complexion of Polish institutions was very distasteful to the conservative monarchy; Austrian statesmen did see at the time new balance factory store that the real danger to the principle of autocracy was in the West, in France, and that all the forces of Central Europe would be needed for its suppression. But the movement towards a partage on the part of Russia and Prussia was too definite to chanel bags be resisted, and Austria had to follow their lead in the destruction of a State which she would have preferred vintage louis vuitton purses for sale to preserve as a possible ally against Prussian and Russian ambitions. It may be truly said that the destruction of Poland secured the safety of the Michael Kors outlet store French Revolution. For when in 1795 the crime was consummated, the Revolution had turned the corner and was in a state to defend itself against the forces of reaction. In the second half of the eighteenth century there were two centres of liberal ideas on the continent Michael Kors Purses of Europe: France and Poland. On an impartial survey one may say without exaggeration that then France was relatively every bit as weak as Poland; even, perhaps, more so. But France s geographical position made her much less vulnerable. She had no powerful neighbours on her frontier; chanel factory outlet store a decayed Spain in the south and a conglomeration of small German Principalities on the east were her happy lot. They made their choice, and the untold sufferings of a nation which would not die was the price exacted by fate for the triumph Michael Kors sandals of revolutionary ideals. Thus even a crime may become a moral agent by the lapse of time and the course of history. Progress leaves its dead by the way, for progress is only a great adventure as its leaders and chiefs know very well in their hearts. As an emotional outlet for the oratory of freedom it was convenient enough to remember the Crime now and then: the Crime being the murder of a State prada outlet online and the carving of its body into three pieces. There was really nothing to do but to drop a few tears and a few flowers of rhetoric upon the grave. But the spirit of the nation refused to rest therein. And even that, itself, seemed strangely vague, had lost its definite character, was rendered doubtful by the theories and the claims of the spoliators who, Michael Kors outlet online sale by a strange effect of uneasy conscience, while strenuously denying the moral guilt of the transaction, were always trying to throw a veil of high rectitude over the Crime. What was most annoying to their righteousness was the fact that the nation, stabbed to the heart, gucci outlet refused to grow insensible and cold. That persistent and almost uncanny vitality was sometimes very inconvenient to the rest of Europe also. It would intrude its irresistible claim into every problem of European politics, into the theory of European equilibrium, into the question of the Near LV Purses East, the Italian question, the question of Schleswig Holstein, and into the doctrine of nationalities. It would not be exorcised by the brutal jeers of Bismarck and the fine railleries of Gorchakov. As a Polish friend observed to me some years ago: Till the year 48 the Polish problem has been to a certain extent a Michael Kors handbags wholesale convenient rallying point for all manifestations of liberalism. Since that time we have come to be regarded simply as a nuisance. It s very disagreeable. Through all the centuries of its existence Poland has never been a menace to anybody, not even to the Turks, to whom it has been merely an obstacle. Nothing could be more true. The spirit of aggressiveness was absolutely foreign to the Polish temperament, to which LV handbags the preservation of its institutions and its liberties was much more precious than any ideas of conquest. Polish wars were defensive, and they were mostly fought within Poland s own borders. And that those territories were often invaded louis vuitton agenda diary was but a misfortune arising from its geographical position. Louis Vuitton Territorial expansion was never the master thought of Polish statesmen. The consolidation of the territories of the Serenissime Republic, which made of it a Power of the first rank for a time, was not accomplished by force. It was not the consequence of successful aggression, but of Louis vuitton outlet a long and successful defence against the raiding neighbours from the East. The lands of Lithuanian and Ruthenian speech were never conquered by Poland. These peoples were not compelled by a series of exhausting wars to seek safety in annexation. It was not the will of Louis Vuitton outlet a prince or a political intrigue that brought about the union. Neither was it fear. The slowly matured view of the economical and social necessities and, before all, the ripening moral sense of the masses were the motives that induced the forty three representatives of Lithuanian and michael kors outlet online sale Ruthenian provinces, led by their paramount prince, to enter into a political combination unique in the history of the world, a spontaneous and complete union of sovereign States choosing deliberately the way of peace. Never was strict truth better expressed in a political instrument than in louis vuitton store 2015 the preamble of the first union Treaty (1413). It begins with the words: This union, being the outcome not of hatred, but of love words that Poles have not heard addressed to them politically by any nation for the last hundred and fifty years. This union LV Bags being an organic, living thing capable of growth and development was, later, modified and confirmed by two other treaties, which guaranteed to all the parties in a just and eternal union all their rights, liberties, and respective institutions. The Polish State offers a singular instance of Michael Kors bags an extremely liberal administrative federalism which, in its Parliamentary life as well as its international politics, presented a complete unity of feeling and purpose. As an eminent French diplomatist remarked many years ago: It is a very remarkable fact in the history of the Polish State, Louis Vuitton Outlet this invariable and unanimous consent of the populations; the more so that, the King being looked upon simply as the chief of the Republic, there was no monarchical bond, no dynastic fidelity to control and guide the sentiment of the nations, and their union remained as prada online outlet a pure affirmation of the national will. The Grand Duchy of Lithuania and its Ruthenian Provinces retained their statutes, their own administration, and their own political institutions. That those institutions in the course of time tended to assimilation with the Polish form was not the result wholesales michael kors bags online of any pressure, but simply of the superior character of Polish civilisation. Even after Poland lost its independence this alliance and this union remained firm in spirit and fidelity. All the national movements towards liberation were initiated in the name of the whole mass of people inhabiting chanel outlet online the limits of the old Republic, and all the Provinces took part in them with complete devotion. It is only in the last generation that efforts have been made to create a tendency towards separation, which would indeed serve no one but Poland s common enemies. And, Michael Kors store strangely enough, it is the internationalists, men who professedly care nothing for race or country, who have set themselves this task of disruption, one can easily see for what sinister purpose. louis vuitton shoes size 14 The ways of the internationalists may be dark, but they are not inscrutable. From the same oakley outlet on sale source no doubt there will flow in the future a poisoned stream of hints of a reconstituted Poland being a danger to the races once so closely associated within the territories of the Old Republic. The old partners in the Crime are not likely to forgive discount oakley sunglasses their victim its inconvenient and almost shocking obstinacy in keeping alive. They had tried moral assassination before and with some small measure of success, for, indeed, the Polish question, like all living reproaches, had become a nuisance. Given the wrong, and the apparent impossibility of righting Cheap Louis Vuitton it without running risks of a serious nature, some moral alleviation may be found in the belief that the victim had brought its misfortunes on its own head by its own sins. That theory, too, had been advanced about Poland (as if other nations had known new balance factory outlet nothing of sin and folly), and it made some way in the world at different times, simply because good care was taken by the interested parties to stop the mouth of the accused. But it has never carried much conviction to honest minds. Somehow, in defiance michael kors bags wholesale of the cynical point of view as to the Force of Lies and against all the power of falsified evidence, truth often turns out to be stronger than calumny. With the course of years, however, another danger sprang up, a danger arising naturally from the new Michael Kors Outlet political alliances dividing Europe into two armed camps. It was the danger of silence. Almost without exception the Press of Western Europe in the twentieth century refused to touch the Polish question in any shape or form whatever. When the war broke out there was something gruesomely comic in the proclamations of emperors and archdukes appealing to that invincible soul of a nation whose existence or moral worth they had been so arrogantly denying Louis Vuitton Outlet online for more than a century. Perhaps in the whole record of human transactions there have never been performances so brazen and so vile as the manifestoes of the German Emperor and the Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia; and, I imagine, no more bitter insult has been Michael Kors Outlet offered to human heart and intelligence than the way in which those proclamations were flung into the face of historical truth. It was like a scene in a cynical and sinister farce, the absurdity of which became in some sort unfathomable by the reflection that nobody Cheap Louis Vuitton Bags in the world could possibly be so abjectly stupid as to be deceived for a single moment. At that time, and for the first two months of the war, I happened to be in Poland, and I remember perfectly well that, when those precious documents came oakley outlet discount out, the confidence in the moral turpitude of mankind they implied did not even raise a scornful smile on the lips of men whose most sacred feelings and dignity they outraged. They did not deign to waste their contempt on them. In fact, the situation was louis vuitton stores too poignant and too involved for either hot scorn or a coldly rational discussion. For the Poles it was like being in a burning house of which all the issues were locked. There was nothing but sheer anguish under the strange, as if stony, calmness which michael kors handbags in the utter absence of all hope falls on minds that are not constitutionally prone to despair. Yet in this time of dismay the irrepressible vitality of the nation would not accept a neutral attitude. I was told that even if there were no issue it cheap oakley sunglasses was absolutely necessary for the Poles to affirm their national existence. Passivity, which could be regarded as a craven acceptance of all the material and moral horrors ready to fall upon the nation, was not to be thought of for a moment. Therefore, it was explained oakley sunglasses cheap to me, the Poles must act. Whether this was a counsel of wisdom or not it is very difficult to say, but there are crises of the soul which are beyond the reach of wisdom. Being there as a stranger in that tense atmosphere, which was yet not unfamiliar to me, I LV Bags was not very anxious to parade my wisdom, especially after it had been pointed out in answer to my cautious arguments that, if life has its values worth fighting for, death, too, has that in it which can make it worthy or unworthy. Out of the mental gucci bags and moral trouble into which the grouping of the Powers at the beginning of war had thrown the counsels of Poland there emerged at last the decision that the Polish Legions, a peace organisation in Galicia directed by Pilsudski (afterwards given the rank of General, and Louis Vuitton Sunglasses now apparently the Chief of the Government in Warsaw), should take the field against the Russians. In reality it did not matter against which partner in the Crime Polish resentment should be directed. There was little to choose between the methods of Russian barbarism, which were Michael Kors satchel bag both crude and rotten, and the cultivated brutality tinged with contempt of Germany s superficial, grinding civilisation. There was nothing to choose between them. Both were hateful, and the direction of the Polish effort was naturally governed by Austria s tolerant attitude, which had connived for years at louis vuitton outlet 2015 the semi secret organisation of the Polish Legions. Besides, the material possibility pointed out the way. For Louis Vuitton Bags let the truth be spoken. The action of Germany, however cruel, sanguinary, and faithless, was nothing in the nature of a stab in the dark. The Germanic Tribes had told the whole world in all possible tones carrying conviction, the gently persuasive, the coldly logical; in Louis Vuitton Outlet Online tones Hegelian, Nietzschean, war like, pious, cynical, inspired, what they were going to do to the inferior races of the earth, so full of sin and all unworthiness. But with a strange similarity to the prophets of old (who were also great moralists and invokers of might) louis vuitton wallets they seemed to be crying in a desert. Whatever might have been the secret searching of hearts, the Worthless Ones would not take heed. It must also be admitted that the conduct of the menaced Governments carried with it no suggestion of resistance. It was no louis vuitton bags doubt, the effect of neither courage nor fear, but of that prudence which causes the average man to stand very still in the presence of a savage dog.

It was not a very politic attitude, and the more reprehensible in so far that it seemed to Louis Vuitton Handbags outlet arise from the mistrust of their own people s fortitude. On simple matters of life and death a people is always better than its leaders, because a people cannot argue itself as a whole into a sophisticated state of mind out of deference for a mere doctrine Louis Vuitton purses or from an exaggerated sense of its own cleverness. I am speaking now of democracies whose chiefs resemble the tyrant of Syracuse in this, that their power is unlimited (for who can limit the will of a voting people?) and who always see the domestic sword hanging by a hair above their heads.


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