Social Criticism Quotes

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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

Stendhal
“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

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Some of our friends are our friends only because we used to be friends.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“In some rare cases, a friendship between two people benefits both of them, and what’s more, in some rarer cases, it benefits both of them equally.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“We are, or rather our natural desire to evade pain and to attain pleasure is, the primary reason we do or say every single thing we do or say.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“In many cases, it was the woman’s stomach—not her heart—that fell for her man.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“*Prostitution* is a euphemism for rape incidents that the victim and the economy profits from.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

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

Fritz Leiber
“Minds altogether horrible in their power, and in their ignorance — which their power protected.”
Fritz Leiber, Destiny Times Three / Riding the Torch

Ben Aaronovitch
“Or as my dad always says: it only becomes a social problem when the working man joins in.”
Ben Aaronovitch, Lies Sleeping

Kakuzō Okakura
“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.”
Kakuzo Okakura, The Book of Tea

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“In some cases, it is the woman’s stomach—not her heart—that has left her man for another.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Nancy Mitford
“If I had a girl I should say to her, "Marry for love if you can, it won`t last, but it is a very interesting experience and makes a good beginning in life. Later on, when you marry for money, for heaven's sake let it be big money. There are no other possible reasons for marrying at all.”
Nancy Mitford, Christmas Pudding

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The pleasure or the benefit that the object of our deed derives from it is every now and then greater or even more important than the one we derive from the deed.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Females and boys are the only creatures that propose others for friendship. As for the rest of us, friendship sort of just happens.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

Fritz Leiber
“Minds festooned with error, barnacled with bias, swollen with delusions of godhead.”
Fritz Leiber, Destiny Times Three / Riding the Torch

David Hume
“A man who hides himself, confesses as evidently the superiority of his enemy, as another, who fairly delivers his arms.”
David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature

George Orwell
“Dickens seems to have succeeded in attacking everybody and antagonizing nobody.”
George Orwell, Essays

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Technically, you cannot really own a book you bought; you can only own the sheets of paper your copy is printed on; unless, of course, you are the book’s publisher.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Selfish Genie: A Satirical Essay on Altruism

“Old contradictions never die; they just get new outfits.”
Susan J. Douglas

Steven Pinker
“By failing to take note of the gifts of modernity, social critics poison voters against responsible custodians and incremental reformers who can consolidate the tremendous progress we have enjoyed and strengthen the conditions that will bring us more.”
Steven Pinker, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“With some things we are trying to solve some of the problems that are caused by some of the things with which we are trying to solve some of the problems that are caused by some things.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Unfortunately, human progress is generally determined not by our spiritual, our emotional, and our intellectual development but by that of our technologies.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Steven Pinker
“The observation that conflict is part of the human condition, banal though it is, contradicts fashionable beliefs.”
Steven Pinker, How the Mind Works

Nancy Mitford
“Sure enough, standing with their backs to the hall fire, were Aunt Sadie, Aunt Emily, and a small, fair, and apparently young man. My immediate impression was that he did not seem at all like a husband. He looked kind and gentle.”
Nancy Mitford, The Pursuit of Love

Honoré de Balzac
“Quizá ciertas personas no tengan ya nada que ganar ni que hacer junto a aquellas con las cuales viven habitualmente tras haberles mostrado el vacío de su alma, por lo que se siente severamente juzgadas por ellas con severidad merecida.”
Balzac Honore De, Le P�re Goriot

Eda J. Vor
“But this is the power of storytelling, isn’t it? To make sense of the things we can’t figure out ourselves. We make up gods and monsters and origin stories and archetypes and tell each other it’s all explainable so we don’t have to feel the weight of the unknown. That’s the theory anyway. The practice is that we’re all so much better at seeing the faults of others, at watching them make their mistakes and judging from afar, our social telescopes so much more powerful than the microscopes we forget to use on ourselves.”
Eda J. Vor, Fully Functioning: a postpartum descent into obsessive fangirling

Anand Giridharadas
“For every thought leader who offered advice on how to build a career in a merciless new economy, there were many less-heard critics aspiring to make the economy less merciless.”
Anand Giridharadas, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Technological progression can lead to or be a sign of cultural regression.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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