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Entries from June 2018

Follow the money

June 30th, 2018 · No Comments

“The political characters, political dependencies, and political connections of men, being of a public nature, differ exceedingly from the circumstances of private life; and are in many instances so nearly related to the measures they propose, that to prevent our being deceived by the last, we must be acquainted with the first. A total ignorance […]

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They’re like that

June 29th, 2018 · No Comments

“In a small village everyone has long memories of other people’s history.” – Tim Judah, In Wartime

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What a fool believes

June 28th, 2018 · No Comments

“What is odd is how much rubbish people believe, disregarding what they must know from their own experiences or those of their families.” – Tim Judah, In Wartime

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Control freaks

June 27th, 2018 · No Comments

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” – George Orwell, 1984

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Get it right

June 26th, 2018 · No Comments

“The honesty of the press is as great an object to society as the freedom of it.” – Thomas Paine, “The Forester’s Letters” (emphases in original)

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Shunning the shaming

June 25th, 2018 · No Comments

“As the domestic tranquillity of a nation depends greatly on the chastity of what might properly be called NATIONAL MANNERS, it is often better to pass some things over in silent disdain, than to make use of such new methods of dislike as might introduce the least innovation on that guardian of our peace and […]

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For instance, kidnapping children and holding them hostage

June 24th, 2018 · No Comments

“Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppressions. Expedience and right are different things.” – Thomas Paine, “Common Sense”

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Long live the king

June 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

“In free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other.” – Thomas Paine, “Common Sense”

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So there

June 22nd, 2018 · No Comments

“A government which cannot preserve the peace is no government at all.” – Thomas Paine, “Common Sense”

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We can come up with an example

June 21st, 2018 · No Comments

“Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent. Selected from the rest of mankind, their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests, and when […]

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Choose your poison, it chooses you

June 20th, 2018 · No Comments

“Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a Government, which we might expect in a country without Government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting […]

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From the specific to the general

June 19th, 2018 · No Comments

“The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Many circumstances have, and will arise, which are not local, but universal, and through which the principles of all lovers of mankind are affected, and in the event of which their affections are interested.” – Thomas Paine, “Common Sense”

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Knowing the difference

June 18th, 2018 · No Comments

“A long Habit of not thinking a Thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of Custom.” – Thomas Paine, “Common Sense” (emphases in original)

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Keeping and bearing

June 17th, 2018 · No Comments

“The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all […]

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Can you hear them calling

June 16th, 2018 · No Comments

“Do you think that your fathers are watching? That they weigh you in their ledgerbook? Against what? There is no book and your fathers are dead in the ground.” – Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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It’s nothing personal

June 15th, 2018 · No Comments

“People were always getting ready for tomorrow. . . . Tomorrow wasn’t getting ready for them.” – Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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Tags: Cormac McCarthy · Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

Here it comes again

June 14th, 2018 · No Comments

“Maybe you should always be on the lookout. If trouble comes when you least expect it then maybe the thing to do is to always expect it.” – Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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Not a robot, usually

June 13th, 2018 · No Comments

“A person who had no one would be well advised to cobble together some passable ghost. Breathe it into being and coax it along with words of love. Offer it each phantom crumb and shield it from harm.” – Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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Now is a good time

June 12th, 2018 · No Comments

“There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one’s heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.” – Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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Some kind of justice

June 11th, 2018 · No Comments

“In the history of the world it might even be that there was more punishment than crime.” – Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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All the time in the world

June 10th, 2018 · No Comments

“The last instance of a thing takes the class with it. Turns out the light and is gone. Look around you. Ever is a long time.” – Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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Going all goo-goo eyed

June 9th, 2018 · No Comments

“Dignities and high sounding names have different effects on different beholders. The lustre of the Star and the title of My Lord, over-awe the superstitious vulgar, and forbid them to inquire into the character of the possessor: Nay more, they are, as it were, bewitched to admire in the great, the vices they would honestly […]

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That’s not entertainment

June 8th, 2018 · No Comments

“Litigation is not a game. It is the time-honored method of seeking the truth, finding the truth, and doing justice.” – Judge Roslyn O. Silver, United States District Court for the District of Arizona, Haeger v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (2012)

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How they roll

June 7th, 2018 · No Comments

“Shattering those who answer innocently, is the tyrant’s way of easing his embarrassment.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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You take the high road

June 6th, 2018 · No Comments

“You would get along, dear couple? Learn from us the art; If you want to keep love supple, You only have to part.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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A ring of power

June 5th, 2018 · No Comments

“I am sure, deep in his bag the poorest wanderer Keeps some remembrance that gives pleasure, And sooner starves than yields this treasure.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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And diamonds are a girl’s best friend

June 4th, 2018 · No Comments

“What good is beauty, even youth? All that may be quite good and fair, But does it get you anywhere? Their praise is half pity, you can be sure. For gold contend, On gold depend All things. Woe to us poor!” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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Foiled again

June 3rd, 2018 · No Comments

“I now curse all that would enamor The human soul with lures and lies, Enticing it with flattering glamour To live on in this cave of sighs. Cursed above all our high esteem, The spirit’s smug self-confidence, Cursed be illusion, fraud, and dream That flatter our guileless sense! Cursed be the pleasing make-believe Of fame […]

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The bass notes

June 2nd, 2018 · No Comments

“I am too old to be content to play, Too young to be without desire. What wonders would the world reveal? You must renounce! You ought to yield! That is the never-ending drone Which we must, our life long, hear.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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Willing to make a deal

June 1st, 2018 · No Comments

“Who holds the Devil, hold him tight! He can’t expect to catch him twice.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, Part I (from Goethe’s Faust, trans. Walter Kaufman)

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