A few years ago I was speaking with the philosopher Oliver Feltham about the question of truth in politics. ‘You always know when truth is involved in a political organization’, Oliver remarked to me, ‘because that organization will be in constant danger of violent splitting over a principle or idea. Take the history of the Left, or of the psychoanalytic movement. All they do is split, often in the most vituperative and vicious fashion. In politics, this isn’t invariably a sign of failure but a sign of life. In contrast, big corporations never split: they grow or merge or fail. When the only concerns are profit or power, organizations are fundamentally unified, but when an idea is also at stake, then we must expect and affirm the necessity of division and divisiveness’.
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