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Not Athens College graduates, or even Anatolia…but I’d say a pretty impressive array of minds anyway

24 Jun


“It is lamentable that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.” — Voltaire

” I find patriotism not only a refuge of scoundrels but of idiots and those who like to buy their thinking ready-made each morning in the vacuous newspapers. Every decade or so governments create wars and whip up a frenzy, so that we will not notice the shortcomings of our own side and will not question the assumptions of our society and demand more rational institutions and laws.” — Marge Piercy
“Whether the mask is labeled Fascism, Democracy, or Dictatorship of the Proletariat, our great adversary remains the Apparatus — the bureaucracy, the police, the military. Not the one facing us across the frontier or the battle lines,… but the one that calls itself our protector and makes us its slaves. No matter what the circumstances, the worst betrayal will always be to subordinate ourselves to the Apparatus, and to trample underfoot, in its service, all human values in ourselves and in others.” —  Simone Weil
If Messenger or Mr. “Pathetic” need help with information on some of the above philosophers or writers or need to locate some of their work, I’d be glad to help.  But then, what would be the point?  If Weil’s “Apparatus,” what Althusser later dubbed the “Ideological State Apparatus,” is your entire career — if you ARE the Ideological State Apparatus — there’s probably not much point in looking into the product of these minds any more deeply — you risk severe psychic trauma.  Unless you’re planning to resign, move to Tahiti and build sailboats or something…  Delade, planning to do us all a favor.
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