Aldwych tube station is a closed station on the London Underground, in
the City of Westminster in central London. The station building, near
the junction of Strand and Surrey Street, opened in 1907 as the only
other station on the Piccadilly line's short branch from Holborn.
Suffering from low passenger numbers, the station and branch were
considered for closure several times. Service was offered only during
weekday peak hours from 1962 and finally discontinued altogether in
1994, when the cost of replacing the lifts was considered too high
compared to the income generated. Disused parts of the station and the
running tunnels were used to shelter artworks from the National Gallery
during the First World War, and from the British Museum during the
Second World War. The station has long been popular as a filming
location, appearing as itself and as other London Underground stations.
In recognition of its historical significance, it is a Grade II listed
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"Passive resistance," said Ferdinand Lassalle, with an
obtuseness thoroughly German, "is the resistance which does not resist."
Never was there a greater mistake. It is the only resistance which in
these days of military discipline resists with any result. There is not
a tyrant in the civilized world today who would not do anything in his
power to precipitate a bloody revolution rather than see himself
confronted by any large fraction of his subjects determined not to obey.
An insurrection is easily quelled; but no army is willing or able to
train its guns on inoffensive people who do not even gather in the
streets but stay at home and stand back on their rights. Neither the
ballot nor the bayonet is to play any great part in the coming struggle;
passive resistance is the instrument by which the revolutionary force is
destined to secure in the last great conflict the people's rights
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