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A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

7 August 2011
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What a timely read as we enter into the ” Age of Austerity” …

The materialistic  and selfish quality of contemporary life is not inherent in the human condition. Much of what appears ‘natural’ today dates from the 1980s: the obsession with wealth creation, the cult of privatization and the private sector, the growing disparities of rich and poor. And above all, the rhetoric which accompanies these: uncritical admiration for unfettered markets, disdain for the public sector, the delusion of endless growth.
~ Tony Judt, ILL FARES THE LAND, Introductory Chapter, where he questions the conventional wisdom that dominates the political discourse of today


 

What a timely read as we enter into the ” Age of Austerity” …


The materialistic and selfish quality of contemporary life is not inherent in the human condition. Much of what appears ‘natural’ today dates from the 1980s: the obsession with wealth creation, the cult of privatization and the private sector, the growing disparities of rich and poor. And above all, the rhetoric which accompanies these: uncritical admiration for unfettered markets, disdain for the public sector, the delusion of endless growth.

~ Tony Judt, ILL FARES THE LAND, Introductory Chapter, where he questions the conventional wisdom that dominates the political discourse of today


 

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