Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.
Neutral men are the devil's allies.
I claim neither liberalism nor conservatism - one tends to be airheaded while the other tends to be brickheaded.
You can't be neutral on a moving train.
What I used to say to people, when I was much more engagé myself, is that you can't be apolitical. It will come and get you. It's not that you shouldn't be neutral. It's that you won't be able to stay neutral.
Armed neutrality makes it much easier to detect hypocrisy.
Neutrality may be useful, but it's useful like eunuchs are useful. Once you cut off their balls they grow big and strong, but you can never be sure if they will serve the harem or the master.
The educator has the duty of not being neutral.