Monday, 24 July 2017

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'He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. Such is the nature of living things.' Nietzsche

'Point me out the happy man and I will point you out either egotism, selfishness, evil - or else an absolute ignorance.' Graham Greene

[Are selfish people happy? I'd have thought not. Are evil people happy? They usually don't seem happy or unhappy. I think psychopaths have very shallow emotions. They can be gleeful and obtain physical satisfaction.]


'Am I the only one who feels that this century is going by very quickly?' Sean Gabb



'Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.'
Anthony Daniels (Theodore Dalrymple), The Wilder Shores of Marx.


1 comment:

  1. Utopias Elsewhere... The good doctor at his best...

    Kevin Baker
    October 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm
    I am reminded of something “Longshoreman Philosopher” Eric Hoffer once said in an interview:

    “…I have no grievance against intellectuals. All that I know about them is what I read in history books and what I’ve observed in our time. I’m convinced that the intellectuals as a type, as a group, are more corrupted by power than any other human type. It’s disconcerting to realize that businessmen, generals, soldiers, men of action are less corrupted by power than intellectuals.

    “In my new book I elaborate on this and I offer an explanation why. You take a conventional man of action, and he’s satisfied if you obey, eh? But not the intellectual. He doesn’t want you just to obey. He wants you to get down on your knees and praise the one who makes you love what you hate and hate what you love. In other words, whenever the intellectuals are in power, there’s soul-raping going on.”

    Dr. Daniels just described in a few paragraphs a perfect example of such soul-raping.

    http://www.skepticaldoctor.com/2010/01/15/classic-dalrymple-the-wilder-shores-of-marx-excerpt-1991/

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