Michael C. Perkins

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Live in Berkeley, CA. Graduate of UC Berkeley

Love to learn

For the record, I belong to no party. I am not an ideologue. In fact, I think ideology, of whatever stripe, can serve to blind its holders to parts of reality. I have defined core values. But I'm willing to change my mind, if proven wrong.

Average rating: 3.92 · 36 ratings · 15 reviews · 6 distinct works
A Cool Billion

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Surviving Paradise

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The Archimedes Device

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It's also a master course on human nature, because we see people in all sorts of situations and how they respond. As Faulkner rightly said: “The past i
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Jeff is on page 524 of 1079 of Infinite Jest: Hal despised the way he always reacted, taking the apple, pretending to pretend his reluctance to eat her supper was a pretense. Orin believed she did it all on purpose, which was way too easy. He said she went around with her feelings out in front of her with an arm around the feelings’ windpipe and a Glock 9 mm. to the feelings’ temple like a terrorist with a hostage, daring you to shoot.
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Ideas Have Consequences by Richard M. Weaver
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Read this awhile ago, but still recall what a breathless rant it was. He's even apoplectic over jazz music. I suppose some fellow conservatives at the time (e.g. William F. Buckley) would enjoy the confirmation bias, but I don't see the author convin ...more
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
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The Girl in Blue by P.G. Wodehouse
“It was one of the dullest speeches I ever heard. The Agee woman told us for three quarters of an hour how she came to write her beastly book, when a simple apology was all that was required.”
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“TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
Howard Zinn

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”
Simone Weil

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”
Winston S. Churchill

“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. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism.

Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumble puppy.

As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists, who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny, “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.”

In 1984, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that our desire will ruin us.”
Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

“All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
Blaise Pascal, Pensées

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