Saturday, May 22, 2010

Christopher Lasch on the Left and Conservatives

"Some brief insights from a key conservative progressive thinker" — Quotes of the day: on the problems with modern politics. Here's one Laschian insight: "Because it equates tradition with prejudice, the left finds itself increasingly unable to converse with ordinary people in their common language." Here's another: "Conservatives unwittingly side with the social forces that contribute to the destruction of traditional values." Click on the link for more.

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Blogger love the girls said...

Those are nice quotes.

Are his books worth reading?

12:05 AM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Thanks for the link! Lasch is infinitely interesting to read, and his books on American culture in the 1970s and 80s explain the roots of much of the problems American society is facing now. His best work, The True and Only Heaven, is a critique of the idea of progress.

12:06 AM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

His books are massively worth reading! One of the best social critics of modern American society.

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet another reason why I love this blog.

Someone recommended Lasch's "Culture of Narcissism" many years ago. I fell in love w/ Lasch at that moment. I recommend his :Revolt of the Elites" as well. Hell, I was just chatting it up w/ some university colleagues just this past Wednesday!

1:15 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Let me just say that those linked to and those who comment are far better read that I. It is I who thank you.

1:22 AM  
Blogger The Sanity Inspector said...

Suggestion: on posts like this and the Henry Adams one, add a label for "quotes" or "quotations" or both. Quotehounds like me will take advantage of it!

3:45 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Thanks. I have such a label but forgot to apply it. I'll fix that.

8:51 AM  

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