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People Came to This Country for Either Money or Freedom – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen

October 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on People Came to This Country for Either Money or Freedom – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen · Campaigning, Politics, US Politics, USA

People came to this country for either money or freedom. If you don’t have money, you cling to your freedoms all the more angrily. Even if smoking kills you, even if you can’t afford to feed your kids, even if your kids are getting shot down by maniacs with assault rifles. You may be poor, […]

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Self Interest – “On the Wealth of Nations”, P.J. O’Rourke

May 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on Self Interest – “On the Wealth of Nations”, P.J. O’Rourke · Economics, Policy, Politics

The law ought always to trust people with the care of their own interest, as…they must generally be able to judge better of it than the legislator can do.

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The Minds of Soldiers – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman

April 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Minds of Soldiers – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman · Humanism, Ideology, Philosophy

Linda Grant’s Introduction: Grossman takes us into the minds of a group of soldiers waiting in the forest: one is full of dire forebodings, one is singing, one is chewing bread and sausage and thinking about the sausage, one is trying to identify a bird, one worries about whether he’d offended his friend, one is […]

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The Act – “Confessions of a Mask” – Yukio Mishima

August 3rd, 2011 · Comments Off on The Act – “Confessions of a Mask” – Yukio Mishima · Homosexuality, Literature, Philosophy

My “act” has ended by becoming an integral part of my nature, I told myself. It’s no longer an act. My knowledge that I am masquerading as a normal person has even corroded whatever of normality I originally possessed, ending by making me tell myself over and over again that it too was nothing but […]

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