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The good artist borrows, the best artist steals

April 20th, 2018 · No Comments

“No one owns anyone’s culture, and that to believe otherwise is to deprive us of the human fullness and richness we all deserve. To reconcile this insight with an equally compelling American truth—that racial injustice is our inheritance and our responsibility—is the challenge for every artist and critic, black or white.” – George Packer, “Race, […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Let not their name be legion

April 14th, 2018 · No Comments

“Ought we to make as many friends as possible? Or will the mot juste about hospitality, ‘not too many guests, nor yet none,’ also fit friendship in the sense that a person should neither be friendless nor have an excessive number of friends? The saying would seem to fit exactly those who become friends with […]

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Tags: Aristotle · Economics · The Ancients

The crux of the matter

March 29th, 2018 · No Comments

“Race was—is—the fundamental American issue, underlying not only all matters of public policy (economic inequality, criminal justice, housing, education) but the very psyche of the nation.” – Nathaniel Rich, “James Baldwin & the Fear of a Nation”

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Tags: Economics · James Baldwin · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

It’s called racism

March 27th, 2018 · No Comments

“Police killings of unarmed black children, indifference to providing clean drinking water to a majority-black city, or efforts to curtail the voting rights of minority citizens are not freak incidents but outbreaks of a chronic national disease.” – Nathaniel Rich, “James Baldwin & the Fear of a Nation”

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Tags: Economics · James Baldwin · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

Drilling down

March 24th, 2018 · No Comments

“If it were in my power to change the mercantile laws of literary society, I could easily spin out my existence writing and rewriting the same story in the hope that I might end up understanding it and making it clear to others.” – Ignazio Silone (quoted by Dorothy Day in The Catholic Worker, January […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit

We get what we want

March 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

“If we value democracy, if we want to live in a world marked by a vibrant public sphere that can generate the possibilities of hope and human betterment, then we need futures. Without futures, and without serious propositional clashes between different materialized futures, we have no politics, and we have no democracy. We merely have […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

Making the world go ’round

March 15th, 2018 · No Comments

“Supply is supply, and demand is demand. They will be satisfied, be it with combs, fifes, rubber, whisky, tainted meat, canned peas, sex, or tobacco. For every need there is an entrepreneur, by a marvelous providence. You can find a man to bury your dog, rub your back, teach you Swahili, read your horoscope, murder […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Saul Bellow

Such is the way of dogs

March 1st, 2018 · No Comments

“On his way the poor man finds all things against him; The earth itself closes its doors to him. You find him hated, though he does no wrong; You see hostility but not its cause. At the sight of a rich man you find the dogs Turning towards him, as they wag their tails, But […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · The Arabian Nights

Homeless and forlorn

February 28th, 2018 · No Comments

“Poverty is exile in one’s native land, While wealth will make a stranger feel at home.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · The Arabian Nights

No alternative

February 25th, 2018 · No Comments

“While facts can be verified or refuted—and we should do so expeditiously and relentlessly—we must also recognize the possibility that more complex truths are often in the eyes of the beholder. This fact of human cognition doesn’t necessarily imply that relativism is correct or desirable; not all truths are equally valid. But because the particular […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

Get a move on

February 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

“Sorrow follows whoever thinks of himself as Time’s favorite.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · The Arabian Nights

The foundations of universal suffrage

February 9th, 2018 · No Comments

“Toil and hardship together with a lack of means teach a man bad manners and stupidity.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Arabian Nights

A limited time offer

February 4th, 2018 · No Comments

“Hasten to do whatever good deed occurs to you For generosity is not always possible. How many a man has held back from a generous action He could have done, and then has been restrained by poverty.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · The Arabian Nights

Cut him some slack

February 3rd, 2018 · No Comments

When a man is short of money, distressed and preoccupied, he cannot be blamed for what he says, as this does not come from his heart.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · The Arabian Nights

Keeping the citizens united

February 2nd, 2018 · No Comments

“If a rich man says something wrong, the people say: ‘You may be right, and what you say is not impossible,’ But if a poor man speaks the truth, they say: ‘You are a liar; what you say is wrong.’ Money invests a man with dignity and beauty in all lands. Money is the tongue […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Arabian Nights

Not to mention a profit center

January 31st, 2018 · No Comments

“It is a wise man who built the first prison, as this is a tomb for the living and brings pleasure to their enemies.” – The Arabian Nights (trans. Lyons, et al.)

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Arabian Nights

That side is the toll gate

January 27th, 2018 · No Comments

“It is easy to be cynical about government—and rarely does such cynicism go unrewarded. Take, for instance, policy towards women. Some politicians declare that they value women’s unique role, which can be shorthand for keeping married women at home looking after the kids. Others create whole ministries devoted to policies for women, which can be […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

Hand in hand

January 24th, 2018 · No Comments

“There is no wisdom without power. Were they to try to pawn me and my wisdom, Together with my books and my inkstand, For one day’s worth of food, it would not work And such a bargain would be thought contemptible. The poor, their state, their life, How dark they are with troubles! In summer […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · The Arabian Nights

Free falling

January 19th, 2018 · No Comments

“Of all literary genres, tragedy alone remains free from the pretensions to arithmetic that, until history caught up with them, were still indulged in by German philosophers and English novelists, who compensated for their thematic anxieties as an ostrich might—by limiting their scope to the trifling situations of everyday morality. Such moralists are nothing more, […]

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Tags: Economics · Hans Abendroth · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

Get to work

December 24th, 2017 · No Comments

“A life—a life with substance—has to be earned and fashioned from within, not received from the world as a gift.” – Joseph Campbell, The Masks of God: Occidental Mythology

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Tags: Economics · Joseph Campbell · Lit & Crit

In case you’ve been wondering

December 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

“Behind every rich man stands a devil, and behind every poor man two.” – Carl G. Jung, The Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious

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Tags: Carl Gustav Jung · Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

Your money is no good here

December 11th, 2017 · No Comments

“Civilization, seriously regarded, cannot be described in economic terms. In their peak periods civilizations are mythologically inspired, like youth. Early arts are not, like late, the mere secondary concerns of a people devoted first to economics, politics, comfort, and then, in their leisure time, to aesthetic enjoyment. On the contrary, economics, politics, and even war […]

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Tags: Economics · Joseph Campbell · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

So much for your freedoms and all that

December 1st, 2017 · No Comments

“Staggering under his crushing burden of taxes, in a State which was practically bankrupt, the citizen of every class had now become a mere cog in the vast machinery of the government. He had no other function than to toil for the State, which exacted so much of the fruit of his labor he was […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

A new world order

November 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

“Now: try to imagine real gender equality. Actually, try to imagine an America that is female-dominated, since a true working democracy in this country would reflect our 54-46 voting advantage. Now imagine such a democracy, in which women would be valued so very highly, as a world that is accepting and responsible about human sexuality; […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Naomi Wolf · Politics & Law

The price of life

November 20th, 2017 · No Comments

“The pro-life warning about the potential of widespread abortion to degrade reverence for life does have a nugget of truth: a free-market rhetoric about abortion can, indeed, contribute to the eerie situation we are now facing, wherein the culture seems increasingly to see babies not as creatures to whom parents devote their lives but as […]

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Tags: Economics · Naomi Wolf · Politics & Law

A road not taken

November 18th, 2017 · No Comments

“By around 1970 Europe and Japan had more or less recovered from the Second World War and were becoming economically competitive with the United States, which had recently wasted enormous resources in Southeast Asia. The US responded by reneging on the Bretton Woods regime: going off the gold standard, establishing the dollar as the world’s […]

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Tags: Economics · George Scialabba

Whiskey in your water? Sugar in your tea?

November 16th, 2017 · No Comments

“As technologies become the protagonists of the drama, people become props. The machines do the work — observing us, anticipating our needs or desires, and acting on what they take to be our behalf.” – Geoff Nunberg, “Creepy Futures”

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Tags: Economics

Not to mention the MAD years

November 15th, 2017 · No Comments

“There had been a deep and unsubtle optimism among Americans. The Great Depression and Pearl Harbor created a different sensibility that suspected that prosperity and security were an illusion, with disaster lurking behind them. There was a fear that everything could suddenly go wrong, horribly so, and that people who simply accepted peace and prosperity […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

From tiny acorns grow

November 13th, 2017 · No Comments

“If man is not to live by bread alone, what is better worth doing well than the planting of trees?” – Frederick Law Olmsted, “Trees in Streets and in Parks”

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Tags: Economics · Other Stuff

He’s got his work cut out for him

November 9th, 2017 · No Comments

“The task of the human-hearted man is to procure benefits for the world and to eliminate its calamities. Now among all the current calamities of the world, which are the greatest? I say that attacks on small states by large ones, oppression of the weak by the strong, misuses of the few by the many, […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Verandah