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Quotations by author » Christopher Lasch
American social critic
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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.
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Every age develops its own peculiar forms of pathology, which express in exaggerated form its underlying character structure.
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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.
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Information, usually seen as the precondition of debate, is better understood as its by-product.
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It is a tribute to the peculiar horror of contemporary life that it makes the worst features of earlier times -- the stupefaction of the masses, the obsessed and driven lives of the bourgeoisie -- seem attractive by comparison.
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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.
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Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.
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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.
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replaced character building with permissiveness, the cure of souls with the cure of the psyche, blind justice with therapeutic justice, philosophy with social science, personal authority with an equally irrational authority of professional experts. It has tempered competition with antagonistic cooperation . . . [I]t has surrounded people with 'symbolically mediated information' and has substituted images of reality for reality itself. Without intending to, it has created new forms of illiteracy.
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Success in our society has to be ratified by publicity,
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The job of the press is to encourage debate, not to supply the public with information.
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the moral climate.
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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.
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We do not need to minimize the poverty of the ghetto or the suffering inflicted by whites on blacks in order to see that the increasingly dangerous and unpredictable conditions of middle-class life have given rise to similar strategies for survival.
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