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Lost And Found Schnippet

“I am beyond Left and Right, as I am Good and Evil.

Gabriele d’Annunzio more »

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Self-Herding Schnippets

What Orwell didn’t get was what Aldous Huxley did get (as Neil Postman long ago pointed out). This was that the real danger to freedom was and is that not enough people will care about it, because they have come to love their own servitude, and mistake that servitude for sovereignty. “Nobody tells me what to do with my own body,” they declare, while allowing all kinds of people to do all sorts of awful things with their minds. Postman wrote in Amusing Ourselves to Death: “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. …In 1984…people are controlled by inflicting pain. In [Huxley’s] Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure.”

Peter Hitchens more »

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Timely Schnippet

Free Speech is, therefore, the very best proof of good government; it is like the coldness of a dog’s nose. Men whose conscience is void of offense before God and man, and who are busy with their work, do not give a damn what fools and knaves are saying about them.

Aleister Crowley

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Withdrawal Schnippets

I’m at an age when everything is less exciting and I have to look for inspiration much more inside myself and my home than outside.

Pedro Almodóvar more »

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Herding Schnippets

When the Channel Tunnel was first suggested, I imagined just going and buying a ticket, showing my passport and walking aboard. Sometimes I yearn for the old ferries, which did produce that sort of feeling, of stepping lightly off the edge of the world into an adventure. Airline procedures kill it, stifling the imagination with enforced waits in low-ceilinged strip-lit halls which must resemble the reception areas of prisons, followed by enforced hurrying on the orders of blaring, indistinct loudspeaker messages.

Peter Hitchens more »

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Real Victims Schnippet

“The World is weary of me, and I am weary of it.”

Charles d’Orleans

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STUFF & NONSENSE #1192

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