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Entries from October 2012

Things

October 31st, 2012 · 5 Comments

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Toiling up

October 31st, 2012 · No Comments

“No men living are more worthy to be trusted than those who toil up from poverty—none less inclined to take, or touch, aught which they have not honestly earned.  Let them beware of surrendering a political power which they already possess, and which, if surrendered, will surely be used to close the door of advancement […]

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Things

October 30th, 2012 · No Comments

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Straightening the relations

October 30th, 2012 · No Comments

“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital.  Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed.  Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.  Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other rights.  Nor is it […]

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Things

October 29th, 2012 · No Comments

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Yeah, so calm down, all you virtuous vigilant folk

October 29th, 2012 · No Comments

“While the people retain their virtue and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government in the short space of four years.” – Abraham Lincoln, “First Inaugural Address”

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Things

October 28th, 2012 · No Comments

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Litmus testing

October 28th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“The candid citizen must confess that if the policy of the government upon vital questions, affecting the whole people, is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made, in ordinary litigation between parties, in personal actions, the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to […]

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Things

October 27th, 2012 · No Comments

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Now, for something (almost) completely different

October 27th, 2012 · No Comments

from long ago and far away

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Long live the king

October 27th, 2012 · No Comments

“A majority, held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people.  Whoever rejects it does, of necessity, fly to anarchy or to despotism.  Unanimity is impossible; the rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, […]

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Things

October 26th, 2012 · No Comments

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Grand teleology

October 26th, 2012 · No Comments

“To correct the evils, great and small, which spring from want of sympathy and from positive enmity, among strangers, as nations, or as individuals, is one of the highest functions of civilization.” — Abraham Lincoln, “Address to the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society”

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Things

October 25th, 2012 · 2 Comments

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It’s hard

October 25th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“Learning to write is a mother-fucker.  But what great feelings of joy and power and something more atomized than clarity when you get it right.” – Eileen Myles (from Amy King interview in Denver Quarterly)

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Things

October 24th, 2012 · No Comments

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Mightier than the sword, able to leap long centuries in a single bound

October 24th, 2012 · 4 Comments

“Writing—the art of communicating thoughts to the mind, through the eye—is the great invention of the world.  Great in the astonishing range of analysis and combination which necessarily underlies the most crude and general conception of it—great, very great in enabling us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn, at all distances […]

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Things

October 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

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Gone with the wind

October 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

“When we review the past, it would seem that Christianity was but a name—that the Atonement had failed, and Christ had lived and died in vain.” – Phoebe Pember, A Southern Woman’s Story: Life in Confederate Richmond

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Things

October 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

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A nation of hothouse flowers

October 22nd, 2012 · 4 Comments

“As if it weren’t ludicrous enough for every child to be ‘gifted’, now they have to be ill as well: a touch of Asperger’s, a little autism; dyslexia stalks the playground; the poor little gifted things have been ‘bullied’ at school; if they can’t confess to being abused, they must confess to being abusive.” — […]

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Things

October 21st, 2012 · No Comments

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There is seething

October 21st, 2012 · No Comments

“Behaviours could be changed, attitudes modified, mentalities transformed, but it was hard to have a dialogue with the somatic habits of infancy.  How could an infant express himself before he had a self to express, or the words to express what he didn’t yet have?  Only the dumb language of injury and illness was abundantly […]

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Things

October 20th, 2012 · No Comments

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The reptilian brain awaits

October 20th, 2012 · No Comments

“Neither a soul nor a personal identity was needed to precipitate a human life, just a cluster of habits clinging to the hollow concept of independent existence, like a crowd of grasping passengers sinking the lifeboat they imagined would save them.  In the background was the ever-present opportunity to slip away into the glittering ocean […]

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Things

October 19th, 2012 · No Comments

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Getting pretty crowded down there

October 19th, 2012 · No Comments

“Before they became masters of the universe, usurers were consigned to the seventh circle of Hell.  Under a rain of fire, their perpetually restless hands were a punishment for hands that had made nothing useful or good in their lifetime, just exploited the labor of others.” – Edward St. Aubyn, At Last

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Things

October 18th, 2012 · No Comments

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Nothing meaning nothing

October 18th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“Forget heroin.  Just try giving up irony, that deep down need to mean two things at once, to be in two places at once, not to be there for the catastrophe of a fixed meaning.” – Edward St. Aubyn, At Last

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Things

October 17th, 2012 · No Comments

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