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Integrity’s a Neutral Value – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen

October 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Integrity’s a Neutral Value – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen · Humanism, Philosophy, Quotes

Integrity’s a neutral value. Hyenas have integrity, too. They’re pure hyena.

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Righteous People – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Righteous People – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Elitism, Politics, Quotes

Actually the movement to abolish black slavery in the south is deeply unpopular. It is not that New Yorkers so much like the institution of slavery as they dislike the sort of righteous people who want to abolish it.

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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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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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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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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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Smith on ‘Theorisers’ – “On the Wealth of Nations”, P.J. O’Rourke

May 16th, 2012 · Comments Off on Smith on ‘Theorisers’ – “On the Wealth of Nations”, P.J. O’Rourke · Communism, Extremism, Ideology, Policy, Politics

The danger of theoretical systems was something that Smith addressed with his own theory in part 6 of The Theory of Moral Sentiments. This section of the book was actually written after The Wealth of Nations. Moral Sentiments had been published in 1759 when Smith was teaching at Glasgow. But Smith revised it in 1789. […]

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The Centre Must Have an Ideology – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr 

May 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Centre Must Have an Ideology – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr  · Electoralism, Ideology, Politics, Progressive Politics

(Crosland) believed that the Centre in the Labour Party must have an ideology, that it cannot simply disagree with the Marxists. Those at the centre must hammer the fact that they are ideologists too.

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