The Art of Tetman Callis

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Souls on sale

July 21st, 2012 · 2 Comments

“Something is profoundly wrong with the way we live today.  For thirty years we have made a virtue out of the pursuit of material self-interest: indeed, this very pursuit now constitutes whatever remains of our sense of collective purpose.  We know what things cost but have no idea what they are worth.  We no longer ask of a judicial ruling or a legislative act: Is it good?  Is it fair?  Is it just?  Is it right?  Will it help bring about a better society or a better world?  Those used to be the political questions, even if they invited no easy answers.” – Tony Judt, “Ill Fares the Land” (emphasis in original)

Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Tony Judt

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  • 1 Averil Dean // Jul 23, 2012 at 7:41 am

    You’re making me positively nostalgic. Did we really used to think of our government as helpful? Fair? Just? Right?

  • 2 Tetman Callis // Jul 23, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Yes, we did. We thought it could be and it should be. Then came empire and its burdens of self-deception. A nation such as ours was never meant to be an empire. The lies we’ve had to tell ourselves since the end of the Second World War have driven us crazy. The United States is the world’s largest open-air insane asylum.

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