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One dollar, one vote

June 11th, 2016 · No Comments

“Who controls the American government? In a weak, formal sense, the people control the government, by voting. But that’s a very weak sense. In a strong sense, business controls the government: by financing parties and candidates, by controlling news media, by shaping public opinion, and ultimately, if all else fails, by moving capital out of […]

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One man’s opinion

June 10th, 2016 · No Comments

“Before you dismiss any opinion, no matter how foolish it seems, you should ask, with an open mind: ‘What’s the evidence for it?’ ” – George Scialabba, “What Is American Foreign Policy About?” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Not even so much as a scratch in the dust

April 29th, 2016 · No Comments

“Writing a book is usually a humdrum affair. You read a lot of other books and articles in your field, produce a draft, polish it, send it out, wait anxiously for reviews, gnash your teeth over the reviews (or the lack of reviews), compulsively check the book’s Amazon ranking for a month or so, and […]

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Just go back to sleep

April 25th, 2016 · No Comments

“More than anything else, what makes totalitarianism possible is a people’s submissiveness to authority: its slowness to perceive and unwillingness to resist injustices committed not by distant villains and official enemies but at home, by those with the power to make resistance dangerous.” – George Scialabba, “An Enemy of the State” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Keeping clean

April 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

“It is simply good intellectual hygiene to reject politically-motivated demands to devalue art or arguments by citing the real or alleged failings of their author.” – George Scialabba, “An Enemy of the State” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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The theory, anyway

April 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

“Artistic originality emerges only after a lengthy assimilation of many traditions. The artist surrenders his individuality, and it is returned to him enriched. The tradition too is enriched.” – George Scialabba, “The Critic As Radical” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Convinced to die

March 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

“Words like ‘watershed’ or ‘turning point’ are easy to deploy but hard to justify—except in the case of World War I. Like few other episodes—the fall of Rome, the Black Death, the Protestant Reformation, the French Revolution—it really did leave a different world in its wake. The technology of mass destruction was perhaps the most […]

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Tags: George Scialabba · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Great War

A distinction with a difference

March 21st, 2016 · No Comments

“There is a subtle difference between relishing a fine phrase and relishing hearing oneself quote a fine phrase.” – George Scialabba, “Hitchens at Last” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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We move backwards whenever we can

March 8th, 2016 · No Comments

“The flowering of equality, self-reliance, and civic virtue in the non-slave states from the mid-18th to the mid-19th century is one of the political wonders of the world, a signal achievement in humankind’s moral history. It was made possible by a great crime: it all took place on stolen, ethnically-cleansed land. Likewise that other pinnacle […]

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