Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent

protester and fire

What do we do toward kicking them off again at the first opportunity?

“It seems,” said Sutt, “that we have no choice but to allow Anacreon to establish military bases on Terminus.”

I agree with you there,” replied Hardin, “but what do we do toward kicking them off again at the first opportunity?”

Yate Fulham’s mustache twitched. “That sounds as if you have made up your mind that violence must be used against them.”

Violence,” came the retort, “is the last refuge of the incompetent. But I certainly don’t intend to lay down the welcome mat and brush off the best furniture for their use.”

“I still don’t like the way you put that,” insisted Fulham. “It is a dangerous attitude; the more dangerous because we have noticed lately that a sizable section of the populace seems to respond to all your suggestions just so. I might as well tell you, Mayor Hardin, that the board is not quite blind to your recent activities.”

by Isaac Asimov (January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992)
from Foundation, Book I in the Foundation Trilogy
Part II – The Encyclopedists
image – Capitan Giona

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