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A Good Deal of Blood – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Good Deal of Blood – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Extremism, History, Ideology, Politics

At the time of the execution of the King and Queen, their portraits hung on the walls of our Senate chamber (and everyone, including Mrs. Bingham, remarked how much she resembled Marie Antoinette). After the beheadings, various Republicans—including Freneau—wanted the portraits taken down. Jefferson’s view of the portraits is unknown but he did delight in […]

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Not Satisfied With the Sound of His Own Voice – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on Not Satisfied With the Sound of His Own Voice – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Hypocrisy, Ideology, Leadership, Politics, Power, Quotes

The conservatives still did not realise that this governor was not going to be satisfied by the sound of his own voice.

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Ataturk and Change – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on Ataturk and Change – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer · Ideology, Policy, Politics

“I am leaving no sermon, no dogma, nor am I leaving as my legacy any commandment that is frozen in time or cast in stone,” (Ataturk) said shortly before his death. “Concepts of well-being for countries, for peoples and for individuals are changing. In such a world, to argue for rules that never change would […]

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Perhaps it was not suitable for a man to think every thought to its logical conclusion – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on Perhaps it was not suitable for a man to think every thought to its logical conclusion – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Communism, Extremism, Ideology, Politics, Totalitarianism

For forty years he had lived strictly in accordance with the vows of his order, the Party. He had held to the rules of logical calculation. He had burnt the remains of the old, illogical morality from his consciousness with the acid of reason. He had turned away from the temptations of the silent partner, […]

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To Sell Oneself for Thirty Pieces of Silver is an Honest Transaction; But to Sell Oneself to One’s Own Conscience is to Abandon Mankind – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on To Sell Oneself for Thirty Pieces of Silver is an Honest Transaction; But to Sell Oneself to One’s Own Conscience is to Abandon Mankind – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Extremism, Ideology, Politics, Power, Quotes

‘The greatest criminals in history,’ Ivanov went on, ‘are not of the type Nero and Fouché, but of the type Gandhi and Tolstoy. Gandhi’s inner voice has done more to prevent the liberation of India than the British guns. To sell oneself for thirty pieces of silver is an honest transaction; but to sell oneself […]

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One must tell people the truth, as they know it already, in any case. It is ridiculous to pretend to them – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on One must tell people the truth, as they know it already, in any case. It is ridiculous to pretend to them – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Communism, Ideology, Politics

‘In your pamphlets,’ continued Rubashov in the same dry tone of voice, ‘of which you admit to be the author, there frequently appear phrases such as this: that we have suffered a defeat, that a catastrophe has befallen the Party, and that we must start afresh and change our policy fundamentally. That is defeatism. It […]

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Such an accumulation of grave surgical interventions – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on Such an accumulation of grave surgical interventions – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens · Communism, Extremism, Hypocrisy, Ideology, Leadership, Politics

Koestler’s decision to abandon Communism almost as soon as he had been freed from Spain—because of the hysterical faking of the Moscow purge trials in 1938—was expressed in such brilliantly diagnostic and dialectical terms that it bears quoting: It is a logical contradiction when with uncanny regularity the leadership sees itself obliged to undertake more […]

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The Deep Peace of Being In Opposition – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Deep Peace of Being In Opposition – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens · Electoralism, Ideology, Means and Ends, Politics, Quotes

I happen to like Stanislas/Constantine. When dealing with an incensed young Bosnian who accused him of being a government stooge, he responds with some gravity by saying: “Yes. For the sake of my country, and perhaps a little for the sake of my soul, I have given up the deep peace of being in opposition.” […]

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I’ll Be There – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on I’ll Be There – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck  · Communism, Ideology, Politics, Progressive Politics, Socialism

Then I’ll be all around in the dark – I’ll be ever’where—wherever you look. Wherever they’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever they’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there… I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad an’—I’ll be in the way kids laugh when […]

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Man Grows Beyond His Work – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Man Grows Beyond His Work – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck  · Extremism, Humanism, Ideology, Philosophy, Politics

For man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments. This you may say of man—when theories change and crash, when schools, philosophies, when narrow dark alleys of thought, national, religious, economic, grow and disintegrate, man reaches, […]

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