Joseph Brodsky On Individualism

Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky (May 24, 1940 – January 28, 1996)

The surest defense against evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even eccentricity. Evil is a sucker for solidarity. It always goes for big numbers, for confident granite, for ideological purity, for drilled armies and balance sheets.