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By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christopher Lasch

The prison life of the past looks in our own time like liberation itself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Lasch

Even the reporting of news has to be understood not as propaganda for any particular ideology, liberal or conservative, but as propaganda for commodities — for the replacement of things by commodities, use values by exchange values, and events by images.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Lasch

Once women begin to question the inevitability of their subordination and to reject the conventions formerly associated with it, they can no longer retreat to the safety of those conventions. The woman who rejects the stereotype of feminine weakness and dependence can no longer find much comfort in the clich? that all men are beasts. She has no choice except to believe, on the contrary, that men are human beings, and she finds it hard to forgive them when they act like animals.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christopher Lasch

We are all revolutionaries now, addicts of change.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Lasch

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Lasch

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

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Christopher Lasch

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christopher Lasch

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Lasch

It's not about winning. It's the enjoyment of doing it - it gets your brain going.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Lasch

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Lasch

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Lasch

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christopher Lasch

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christopher Lasch

The left has lost the common touch.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Lasch

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Lasch

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Lasch

The best defense against the terror of existence are the homely comforts of love, work, and family life, which connect us to a world that is independent of our wishes yet responsive to our needs.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Lasch

News represents another form of advertising, not liberal propaganda.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Lasch

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Lasch

Personal disintegration remains always an imminent danger.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Lasch

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Lasch

Advertising serves not so much to advertise products as to promote consumption as a way of life. It 'educates' the masses into an unappeasable appetite not only for goods but for new experiences and personal fulfillment.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Christopher Lasch

Members of the educated elite upheld open-mindedness as the supreme political virtue but refused to debate their own idea of the good life, perhaps because they suspected that it could not withstand exposure to more vigorous ideas.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Christopher Lasch

The denial of age in America culminates in the prolongevity movement, which hopes to abolish old age altogether. But the dread of age originates not in the "cult of youth" but in a cult of the self. Not only in its narcissistic indifference to future generations but in its grandiose vision of a technological utopia without old age, the prolongevity movement exemplifies the fantasy of "absolute, sadistic power" which, according to Kohut, so deeply colors the narcissistic outlook. Pathological in its psychological origins and inspiration, superstitious in its faith in medical deliverance, the prolongevity movement expresses in characteristic form the anxieties of a culture that believes it has no future.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Lasch

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christopher Lasch

The proper role of humanists is not to bring 'human values' to the attention of technicians otherwise engaged in a purely instrumental approach to their calling, but to demand the restoration of the practical or moral element in callings that have degenerated into techniques.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Lasch

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Lasch

The family is a haven in a heartless world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Lasch

Most people no longer live in nuclear families at all.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Lasch

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

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Christopher Lasch

Parents accept their obsolescence with the best grace they can muster. . . they do all they can to make it easy for the younger generation to surpass the older, while secretly dreading the rejection that follows.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Lasch

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Lasch

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christopher Lasch

Much of what is euphemistically known as the middle class, merely because it dresses up to go to work, is now reduced to proletarian conditions of existence. Many white-collar jobs require no more skill and pay even less than blue-collar jobs, conferring little status or security.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christopher Lasch

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