Neither blame, nor praise is compatible...

vladv

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Russian-Russia
Education and knowledge, in the estimation of the emperor and his associates, could easily become subversion. With the revolutionary year of 1848, unrelieved repression set in. “Neither blame, nor praise is compatible with the dignity of the government or with the order which fortunately exists among us; one must obey and keep one’s thoughts to oneself.”
N.Riasanovky "Russian identities"

Could you please intepret the bolded in so that I could understand the meaning-I understand the individaul words but can't get a broader picture. . Is the author being ironic in saying fortunately exists? Thanks a lot.
 
  • owlman5

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    Whoever wrote that sentence thought that people should keep silent about the government and the role it played in maintaining order in 1848.
    Is the author being ironic in saying fortunately exists?
    Probably not. People who support authority generally appreciate order and fear chaos.
     
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