To remain in authority…

To remain in authority requires respect for the person or the office. The greatest enemy of authority , therefore, is contempt, and the surest way to undermine it is laughter.

Autorität bedarf zu ihrer Entfaltung und Sicherung des Respekts entweder vor der Person oder dem Amt. Ihr gefährlichster Gegner ist nicht Feindschaft, sondern Verachtung und was sie am sichersten unterminiert, ist das Lachen.

(Hannah Arendt, On Violence)

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