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immensely productive again. Out of consideration for this person all other interests
must give way, legitimate or serious though they may be. As long as he is fruitfully
at work, I shall never be held to blame for his being disturbed. You must understand
this and not think of it as an unwillingness to
help.[4]
I am very glad that you are experiencing such fine success with your teaching.
It is doubly difficult for a woman to be heard and win recognition. That you are
offering lectures for workers I rate particularly highly. I also tried it but noticed that
it is quite difficult to fathom the way of thinking of people of so entirely different
a mental
prehistory.[5]
With best wishes for 1922, I am yours,
Albert Einstein.
2. “Preface” to Bertrand Russell, Political Ideals
[Einstein 1922d]
PUBLISHED 1922
IN: Bertrand Russell, Politische Ideale. Berlin: Deutsche Verlagsgesellschaft für Politik und
Geschichte m. b. H., 1922, p.[5]
The availability to the German public of this great English
mathematician’s[1]
lucid discourse is very welcome. It is not some wavering professor vacillating
between “on the one hand and on the other” speaking to us here, but one of those
resolute, straightforward individuals who exist independent of the period into
which they happened almost by chance to have been born. Unbending consistency
and warm human sensitivity prescribe his path. He follows down this path unper-
turbed by the consequences his stance may bring. He did not play the martyr when
he let himself be robbed of his professorship and found himself in prison for anti-
militaristic
propaganda.[2]
He wants military force to be completely eliminated and recommends consistent
training of the population in organized passive resistance as the means of counter-
acting aggressive military force from abroad. This solution will not appear utopian
to those who experienced the Kapp putsch[3] in Germany.
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