Grendel’s Laundry List: Smoke On Her Altars

Hole ManScissor Dance: Hole Man

American labor history is filled with complaints from the employing classes and their allies in government: not that unionized workers are violent, disruptive, or unprofitable, but that they are independent and self-organizing.

Conservatism is the theoretical voice of this animus against the agency of the subordinate classes.

Corey Robin, The Reactionary Mind

Free markets and less free societies go hand in hand.

Edward Luttwak

A victory described in detail is indistinguishable from a defeat.

Jean-Paul Sartre

The most formidable argument against the sovereignty of the masses is derived from the mechanical and technical impossibility of its realization.

Robert Michels

For those who live inside a myth, it seems a self-evident fact. Human progress is a fact of this kind.

The power of myth is in making meaning from the wreckage of meaning.

True myth is a corrective of fantasy.

John Gray, The Silence of Animals

Adoring her in all her manifestations
I think how Apollo without his sacrifice
Has lost his godhead.
The flower will not sing on its stem,
Nor the fruit utter a cry as it falls.
Why should not the flesh of the innocent
While it endures, smoke on her altars?

From one like her I may learn finally
To come back to you in all humbleness,
Knowing the shameful uses of the truth,
Desiring to be taught the craft of liars
And how to prepare, as you do, fiction suitable
For a disordered appetite.

Mary Barnard

I got bad news for you, lady. The truth doesn’t exist.

David Brooks


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