Auberon Herbert (1838-1906)

But the moment that this truth — that no moral foundations for unlimited and undefined power could by any intellectual ingenuity be discovered anywhere — the moment that this truth was grasped in all its significance…., the moment that all rhetorical sophistries were swept aside, and it was seen that, morally speaking, three men had no better right to govern two men than two men to govern three, then at once it became open to any revolutionary section of the minority, who considered that war was to be met by war, and were not impeded by any moral scruples as regards the use of means, to equalize or reverse the conditions of power by finding some new agent which had “governing force” in it. This new agent was supplied by dynamite, and from that day it has become war – war between those who govern openly by majorities and those who govern secretly by dynamite.