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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

Mad monkeys, angry apes

January 17th, 2018 · No Comments

“Moderns regard violence as something internal to human beings: they often speak of the violence that originates in mankind, as if violence were a series of actions a man might perform, or—were he less ignorant, irrational, or superstitious—might as well not perform. That is why moderns are always surprised by sudden outbreaks of violence; it […]

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

Another way of looking at it

December 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

“Shame brings honor. Shame is the crown of the soul and a sense of shame the highest virtue.” – Joseph Campbell, The Masks of God: Occidental Mythology

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

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

So get over it already

December 21st, 2017 · No Comments

“Protestant versions of the Christian faith tend to lean more heavily than the Catholic on the family-cult theology of the Old Testament, which when seriously considered as an appropriate base for a proper world religion is constitutionally ineligible, since it is finally but the overinterpreted parochial history and manufactured genealogy of a single sub-race of […]

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

Make it so

December 20th, 2017 · No Comments

“No experience is more likely to put politics out of mind, more thoroughly prove it irrelevant, and better teach how to forget it, than the experience, through art, of what is everlasting in man. And at a time when world political events of truly fearful force are involving all that is in us of individual […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Thomas Mann

There are no political solutions, only political problems

December 19th, 2017 · No Comments

“Politics I hate, and the belief in politics, because it makes people arrogant, doctrinaire, harsh, and inhuman. I do not believe in the formulae of the anthill, the human beehive; do not believe in the république démocratique, sociale et universelle; do not believe that mankind was made for what is being called ‘happiness,’ or that […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Thomas Mann

The fire this time

December 16th, 2017 · No Comments

“Well I know this, and anyone who’s ever tried to live knows this, that what you say about somebody else, anybody else, reveals you. What I think of you as being is dictated by my own necessity, my own psychology, my own fears and desires. I’m not describing you when I talk about you, I’m […]

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

Zero-sum and not a game

December 15th, 2017 · No Comments

“The moment we no longer have a free press, anything can happen. What makes it possible for a totalitarian or any other dictatorship to rule is that people are not informed; how can you have an opinion if you are not informed? If everybody always lies to you, the consequence is not that you believe […]

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Tags: Hannah Arendt · Politics & Law

We’ll even take a cheetoh benito

December 14th, 2017 · No Comments

“Totalitarianism begins in contempt for what you have. The second step is the notion: ‘Things must change—no matter how, Anything is better than what we have.’ Totalitarian rulers organize this kind of mass sentiment, and by organizing it articulate it, and by articulating it make the people somehow love it. . . . Totalitarianism appeals […]

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Tags: Hannah Arendt · Politics & Law

Now we know so much better, don’t we

December 12th, 2017 · No Comments

“Hard by the Cathedral were the gallows and the wheel. Every man lived in those days in the consciousness of an immense danger, and it was hell, not the hangman, that he feared. Unnumbered thousands of witches genuinely imagined themselves to be so; they denounced themselves, prayed for absolution, and in pure love of truth […]

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Tags: 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

We, the people

December 8th, 2017 · No Comments

“Every child is born with a certain balance of faculties, aptitudes, inclinations, and instinctive leanings. In no two is the balance alike, and each different brain has to deal with a different tide of experience. I marvel, then, not that one man should disagree with another concerning the ultimate realities of life, but that so […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

Getting there

December 7th, 2017 · No Comments

“In the recent past it may have been possible for intelligent men of good will honestly to believe that their own society (whatever it happened to be) was the only good, that beyond its bounds were the enemies of God, and that they were called upon, consequently, to project the principle of hatred outward on […]

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

We make ’em up as we go along

December 6th, 2017 · No Comments

“The older mythic orders gave authority to their symbols by attributing them to gods, to culture heroes, or to some such high impersonal force as the order of the universe; and the image of society itself, thus linked to the greater image of nature, became a vessel of religious awe. Today we know, for the […]

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

You would think

December 4th, 2017 · No Comments

“The ultimate success of all government is dependent upon the proper management of human susceptibilities rather than upon the faithful obeisance to preconceived theories and images.” – Adda B. Bozeman, Politics and Culture in International History

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So be careful

December 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

“A master is not justified in putting his tow to every test which she will survive, if she be fit. There is a zone in which proper caution will avoid putting her capacity to the proof; a coefficient of prudence that he should not disregard.” – Judge Learned Hand, The T. J. Hooper, Circuit Court […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

And then it starts all over again

December 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

“Without arguing the point as to whether a state can survive without compelling its subjects to accept as Absolute Truth whatever system of belief the dominant elite may have decided to put forth as divine revelation, we shall observe . . . that gods suppressed become demons; which is to say, that psychological and sociological […]

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Tags: 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

Discourse deployed along networks of power

November 30th, 2017 · No Comments

“The paramount concern of a popular religion cannot be, and never has been, ‘Truth,’ but the maintenance of a certain type of society, the inculcation in the young and refreshment in the old of an approved ‘system of sentiments’ upon which the local institutions and government depend.” – Joseph Campbell, The Masks of God: Occidental […]

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Tags: Joseph Campbell · Lit & Crit · 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

Some other time

November 19th, 2017 · No Comments

“The morning of the election I thought about what it means to vote for a woman. Voting for a woman felt like voting for respect, for tolerance, for justice, for peace, for empathy, for righteousness, for equality, for color, for movement, for understanding, for listening, for strength, for kindness, for hope, for openness, for braveness, […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Proportionality

November 17th, 2017 · No Comments

“When a person exercises a common right, without negligence or malice, to render such action a nuisance, and therefore to hold the defendant liable, it must be such an act in itself as to be a nuisance to all or to a majority of the persons living in the neighborhood, and not simply, by exceptional […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

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

Not so clever by half

November 12th, 2017 · No Comments

“If there is a choice in explaining a government action between a Machiavellian, clever, ingenious plot to achieve that result and sort of blind, bumbling, well-meant incompetence, choose number two all the time.” – Admiral Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence (interviewed by Kathy Gilsinan in The Atlantic)

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution

Succinct

November 11th, 2017 · No Comments

“The Greek poet Yiannis Ritsos, jailed for political reasons, wrote his poems on cigarette papers while in prison, stuffed them into the lining of his jacket and, when he was released, walked out wearing his collected poems. They were mostly short.” – Daniel Halpern, “A Few Questions for Poetry”

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

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

The Great Divide

November 8th, 2017 · No Comments

“Now to all who acquired the use of them these new weapons [horse, chariots, and swords] gave a powerful horizontal thrust that carried all before it, and the older, basically peasant, land-rooted civilizations were simply helpless. But not only a new striking power, a new arrogance, too, had arrived: for is there anything more flattering […]

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

Twitter me this

November 5th, 2017 · No Comments

“Good faith is no defense where the fraud and deceit practiced consist of making false statements of fact as of the knowledge of the one speaking, for if one asserts a thing to be true of his own knowledge when it is not true, or when he does not in fact know whether it is […]

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