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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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The Law of Self-Preservation – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Law of Self-Preservation – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Democracy, Electoralism, Means and Ends, Politics, Quotes

Interjecting a brief homily on the art of politics, (Long) declared: “What the politician had better do is stay a politician. That is law number one with him – the law of self-preservation.”

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Everything I did, I’ve Had to do With One Hand, Because I’ve Had to Fight With the Other – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 13th, 2012 · Comments Off on Everything I did, I’ve Had to do With One Hand, Because I’ve Had to Fight With the Other – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Electoralism, Means and Ends, Politics, Power

Long: “They say they don’t like my methods. Well, I don’t like them either. I really don’t like to have to do things the way I do. I’d much rather get up before the legislature and say, ‘Now this is a good law and it’s for the benefit of the people, and I’d like you […]

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They were too deeply entangled in their own past, caught in the web they had spun themselves – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on They were too deeply entangled in their own past, caught in the web they had spun themselves – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Democracy, Means and Ends, Morality, Politics

They were too deeply entangled in their own past, caught in the web they had spun themselves, according to the laws of their own twisted ethics and twisted logic; they were all guilty, although not of those deeds of which they accused themselves. There was no way back for them. Their exit from the stage […]

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Show us not the aim without the way – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Show us not the aim without the way – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Democracy, Electoralism, Means and Ends, Politics

‘Show us not the aim without the way. For ends and means on earth are so entangled That changing one, you change the other too; Each different path brings other ends in view.’ FERDINAND LASSALLE: Franz von Sickingen

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Sympathy, conscience, disgust, despair, repentance, and atonement are for us repellent debauchery – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on Sympathy, conscience, disgust, despair, repentance, and atonement are for us repellent debauchery – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Electoralism, Means and Ends, Philosophy, Politics

‘My point is this,’ he said; ‘one may not regard the world as a sort of metaphysical brothel for emotions. That is the first commandment for us. Sympathy, conscience, disgust, despair, repentance, and atonement are for us repellent debauchery. To sit down and let oneself be hypnotized by one’s own navel, to turn up one’s […]

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In old days, temptation was of carnal nature. Now it takes the form of pure reason – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on In old days, temptation was of carnal nature. Now it takes the form of pure reason – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Communism, Means and Ends, Politics

‘A page Satanas!’ repeated Ivanov and poured himself out another glass. ‘In old days, temptation was of carnal nature. Now it takes the form of pure reason. The values change. I would like to write a Passion play in which God and the Devil dispute for the soul of Saint Rubashov. After a life of […]

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Nobody can rule guiltlessly – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on Nobody can rule guiltlessly – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Democracy, Electoralism, Means and Ends, Politics, Progressive Politics

‘Nobody can rule guiltlessly.’ SAINT-JUST

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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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The trouble is, they are half right and half wrong – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren 

July 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on The trouble is, they are half right and half wrong – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren  · Means and Ends, Morality, Politics

“Jesus Christ,” he exclaimed, “you work for Stark and you call somebody a son-of-a-bitch.” I just looked at him. I’d been over all that ground before. I had been over it a thousand times with a thousand people. Hotel lobbies and dinner tables and club cars and street corners and bedrooms and filling stations. Sometimes […]

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