Quotes About Social Criticism

Quotes tagged as "social-criticism" (showing 1-13 of 13)
Steven Pinker
“Much of what is today called "social criticism" consists of members of the upper classes denouncing the tastes of the lower classes (bawdy entertainment, fast food, plentiful consumer goods) while considering themselves egalitarians.”
Steven Pinker, The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

James Howard Kunstler
“The United States is the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, yet its inhabitants are strikingly unhappy. Accordingly, we present to the rest of mankind, on a planet rife with suffering and tragedy, the spectacle of a clown civilization. Sustained on a clown diet rich in sugar and fat, we have developed a clown physiognomy. We dress like clowns. We move about a landscape filled with cartoon buildings in clownmobiles, absorbed in clownish activities. We fill our idle hours enjoying the canned antics of professional clowns... Death, when we acknowledge it, is just another pratfall on the boob tube. Bang! You're dead!”
James Howard Kunstler

Jess C. Scott
“Because I want to have sex with him--and because that's sinful--I'm blushing and flushing furiously under his scrutinizing scrutiny.”
Jess C. Scott

“Ah, Sir, a novel is a mirror carried along a high road. At one moment it reflects to your vision the azure skies, at another the mire of the puddles at your feet. And the man who carries this mirror in his pack will be accused by you of being immoral! His mirror shews the mire, and you blame the mirror! Rather blame that high road upon which the puddle lies, still more the inspector of roads who allows the water to gather and the puddle to form.”
Stendhal, The Red and the Black

Edith Wharton
“Does no one want to know the truth here, Mr. Archer? The real loneliness is living among all these kind of people who only ask one to pretend!”
Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence

Jess C. Scott
“My inner goddess confirms that staring at a beautiful/rich/powerful face is the basis of True Love.”
Jess C. Scott, My Inner Goddess

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Almost everything we call "higher culture" is based on the spiritualization of cruelty.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

H.L. Mencken
“We are, in fact, a nation of evangelists; every third American devotes himself to improving and lifting up his fellow-citizens, usually by force; the messianic delusion is our national disease.”
H.L. Mencken

David McCullough
“Indeed, bribery, favoritism, and corruption in a great variety of forms were rampant not only in politics, but in all levels of society.”
David McCullough, 1776

Max Frisch
“A society needs famous people; the question is whom it chooses for that role. Any criticism of its choice is by implication a criticism of that society.”
Max Frisch, Montauk

Okakura Kakuzō
“Behold the complacent salesman retailing the Good and True.
One can even buy a so-called Religion, which is really but common
morality sanctified with flowers and music. Rob the Church of her
accessories and what remains behind? Yet the trusts thrive marvelously,
for the prices are absurdly cheap,--a prayer for a ticket to heaven,
a diploma for an honorable citizenship.Hide yourself under a bushel
quickly, for if your real usefulness were known to the world you would
soon be knocked down to the highest bidder by the public auctioneer.”
Okakura Kakuzō, The Book of Tea

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“A social critic is someone whose work revolves around where and how our successes are failing us.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, N for Nigger: Aphorisms for Grown Children and Childish Grown-ups

Bertrand Russell
“...what is the use of making everybody rich if the rich themselves are miserable?”
Bertrand Russell

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