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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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You Cannot Do Without Politicians – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on You Cannot Do Without Politicians – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Means and Ends, Politics, Progressive Politics, Quotes

Long: “You will find that you cannot do without politicians. They are a necessary evil in this day and time. You may not like getting money from one source and spending it for another. But the thing for the school people to do is that if the politicians are going to steal, make them steal […]

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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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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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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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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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LBJ and the Civil Rights Act – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr 

May 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on LBJ and the Civil Rights Act – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr  · Politics, Progressive Politics

The Civil Rights Act of 1957, not in itself as revolutionary as its supporters hoped or its detractors feared, opened the door to later, more substantial legislative reparation to Blacks. Not until the next decade could Southern Black Children share a classroom with white Americans; not until the next decade could Southern Black adults eat […]

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The Search for Perfection is a Recipe for Bloodshed – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr 

May 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Search for Perfection is a Recipe for Bloodshed – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr  · Communism, Extremism, Humanism, Ideology, Philosophy, Policy, Politics, Progressive Politics, Quotes, Socialism

(Isaiah) Berlin takes his analysis a step further. He writes that such a “search for perfection does seem to me a recipe for bloodshed, no better even if it is demanded by the sincerest of idealists, the purest of heard… To force people into the neat uniforms demanded by dogmatically believed in schemes is almost […]

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Leadership in the Environment Movement – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on Leadership in the Environment Movement – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Environmental Policy, Ideology, Means and Ends, Politics, Progressive Politics, Uncategorized

(Keating) said the environment movement no longer had leaders, just people ‘matching press release for release’. The lobbies thought they had a ‘moral lien’ over the environment, but they had no such thing, he said—the issue belonged to the nation.

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Kenneth Arrow on Certainty – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 14th, 2012 · Comments Off on Kenneth Arrow on Certainty – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Ideology, Means and Ends, Philosophy, Quotes

Kenneth Arrow, the father of the theory of general equilibrium, one of the laws of free-market economics, once said, ‘Vast ills follow a belief in certainty.’

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