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Conservatives have no understanding of modern capitalism.
by Christopher Lasch

Conservatives have no understanding of modern capitalism.
They have a distorted understanding of the traditional
values they claim to defend.
- Christopher Lasch

The left dismisses talk about the collapse of family
life and talks instead about the emergence of the growing
new diversity of family types.
- Christopher Lasch

The attempt to redefine the family as a purely voluntary
arrangement grows out of the modern delusion that people
can keep all their options open all the time.
- Christopher Lasch

Because it equates tradition with prejudice,
the left finds itself increasingly unable to converse
with ordinary people in their common language.
- Christopher Lasch

 

The left no longer stands for common sense,
as it did in the days of Tom Paine.
- Christopher Lasch

Propaganda in the ordinary sense of the term plays
a less important part in a consumer society,
where people greet all official pronouncements with suspicion.
- Christopher Lasch

When liberals finally grasped the strength of popular
feeling about the family,
they cried to appropriate the rhetoric and symbolism
of family values for their own purposes.
- Christopher Lasch

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Today Americans are overcome not by the sense of endless
possibility but by the banality of the social order
they have erected against it.
- Christopher Lasch

The reporting of news has to be understood as propaganda for commodities,
and events by images.
- Christopher Lasch

Because politics rests on an irreducible measure of coercion,
it can never become a perfect realm of perfect love and justice.
- Christopher Lasch

The proper reply to right wing religiosity is not to
insist that politics and religion don't mix.
This is the stock response of the left.
- Christopher Lasch

The left has lost the common touch.
- Christopher Lasch

Drugs are merely the most obvious form of addiction in our society.
Drug addiction is one of the things that undermines traditional values.
- Christopher Lasch

Instead of taking environmentalism away from the left,
conservatives condemn it as a counsel of doom.
- Christopher Lasch

News represents another form of advertising,
not liberal propaganda.
- Christopher Lasch

Conservatives unwittingly side with the social forces
that contribute to the destruction of traditional values.
- Christopher Lasch

The left has come to regard common sense -
the traditional wisdom and folkways of the community -
as an obstacle to progress and enlightenment.
- Christopher Lasch

The family wage has been eroded by the same developments
that have promoted consumerism as a way of life.
- Christopher Lasch

Information, usually seen as the precondition of debate,
is better understood as its by-product.
- Christopher Lasch

The left has lost touch with popular opinion,
thereby making it possible for the right to present
itself as the party of common sense.
- Christopher Lasch

Environmentalism opposes reckless innovation and makes
conservation the central order of business.
- Christopher Lasch

Most people no longer live in nuclear families at all.
- Christopher Lasch

The question of the family now divides our society
so deeply that the opposing sides cannot even agree
on a definition of the institution they are arguing about.
- Christopher Lasch

Most women are pragmatists who have allowed extremists
on the left and right to manipulate the family issue for their own purposes.
- Christopher Lasch

The effect of the mass media is not to elicit belief
but to maintain the apparatus of addiction.
- Christopher Lasch

The left ask people to believe that there is no conflict
between feminism and the family.
- Christopher Lasch

Neoclassical economics insists that advertising cannot
force consumers to buy anything they don't already want to buy.
- Christopher Lasch

Adherents of the new religious right reject the separation
of politics and religion,
but they bring no spiritual insights to politics.
- Christopher Lasch

It is advertising and the logic of consumerism that
governs the depiction of reality in the mass media.
- Christopher Lasch

We are all revolutionaries now, addicts of change.
- Christopher Lasch

Ideologies, however appealing, cannot shape the whole
structure of perceptions and conduct unless they are
embedded in daily experiences that confirm them.
- Christopher Lasch

The last three decades have seen the collapse of the family wage system.
- Christopher Lasch

Most of these alternative arrangements,
so-called, arise out of the ruins of marriages,
not as an improvement of old fashioned marriage.
- Christopher Lasch

In our society, daily experience teaches the individual
to want and need a never-ending supply of new toys and drugs.
- Christopher Lasch

The conservative revival cannot be dismissed.
- Christopher Lasch

The intellectual debility of contemporary conservatism
is indicated by its silence on all important matters.
- Christopher Lasch

A child's appetite for new toys appeal to the desire
for ownership and appropriation:
the appeal of toys comes to lie not in their use but
in their status as possessions.
- Christopher Lasch

Every age develops its own peculiar forms of pathology,
which express in exaggerated form its underlying character structure.
- Christopher Lasch

Relentless improvement of the product and upgrading
of consumer tastes are the heart of mass merchandising.
- Christopher Lasch

The job of the press is to encourage debate,
not to supply the public with information.
- Christopher Lasch

The model of ownership, in a society organized round mass consumption,
is addiction.
- Christopher Lasch

Ostensibly rigorous and realistic, contemporary conservatism
is an ideology of denial.
Its symbol is a smile button.
- Christopher Lasch

George Orwell's contention was that it is a sure sign
of trouble when things can no longer be called by their
right names and described in plain,
forthright speech.
- Christopher Lasch

Progressive rhetoric has the effect of concealing social
crisis and moral breakdown by presenting them as the
birth pangs of a new order.
- Christopher Lasch

Conservatives sense a link between television and drugs,
but they do not grasp the nature of this connection.
- Christopher Lasch

It is the logic of consumerism that undermines the
values of loyalty and permanence and promotes a different
set of values that is destructive of family life.
- Christopher Lasch

Liberals subscribe to the new flexible,
pluralistic definition of the family;
their defense of families carries no conviction.
- Christopher Lasch

In an individualistic culture, the narcissist is God's gift to the world.
In a collectivist society, the narcissist is God's gift to the collective.
- Christopher Lasch

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.
- Christopher Lasch

A growing awareness of the depth of popular attachment
to the family has led some liberals to concede that
family is not just a buzzword for reaction.
- Christopher Lasch

Personal disintegration remains always an imminent danger.
- Christopher Lasch

Knowledge is what we get when an observer,
preferably a scientifically trained observer,
provides us with a copy of reality that we can all recognize.
- Christopher Lasch

Traditionalists will have to master techniques of sustained
activism formerly monopolized by the left.
- Christopher Lasch

The left sees nothing but bigotry and superstition
in the popular defense of the family or in popular
attitudes regarding abortion,
crime, busing, and the school curriculum.
- Christopher Lasch

Make it new is the message not just of modern art but of modern consumerism,
of which modern art is largely a mirror image.
- Christopher Lasch

It is no longer an unwritten law of American capitalism
that industry will attempt to maintain wages at a level
that allows a single wage to support a family.
- Christopher Lasch

The same historical development that turned the citizen
into a client transformed the worker from a producer into a consumer.
- Christopher Lasch

The news appeals to the same jaded appetite that makes
a child tire of a toy as soon as it becomes familiar
and demand a new one in its place.
- Christopher Lasch

The hope of a new politics does not lie in formulating
a left-wing reply to the right-it lies in rejecting
conventional political categories.
- Christopher Lasch

A society that has made "nostalgia" a marketable commodity
on the cultural exchange quickly repudiates the suggestion
that life in the past was in any important way better than life today.
- Christopher Lasch

Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose.
- George Will

Conservatives are not necessarily stupid,
but most stupid people are conservatives.
- John Stuart Mill

Bush reiterated his stand to conservatives opposing
his decision on stem cell research.
He said today he believes life begins at conception and ends at execution.
- Jay Leno

The pro-growth policies and spending restraint of Conservatives work.
- Zach Wamp

Time and time again, history has proved that the conservatives
are right and the liberals are wrong.
- Stockwell Day

One of the most pervasive political visions of our
time is the vision of liberals as compassionate and
conservatives as less caring.
- Thomas Sowell

Radical conservatives want to police bedrooms.
- Robert Reich

The silent majority really is a liberal majority,
even though the word liberal has taken a real beating
over the last 20 years by radical conservatives.
- Robert Reich

Conservatives divide the world in terms of good and
evil while liberals do it in terms of the rich and poor.
- Dennis Prager

It's funny how the hippies and the punks tried to get
rid of the conservatives,
but they always seem to get the upper hand in the end.
- Bjork

In museums and palaces we are alternate radicals and conservatives.
- Henry James


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