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Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century by Tony Judt
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Lieux de memoire . . . 'exist because there are no longer any milieux de memoire, settings in which memory is a real part of everyday experience.' And what are lieux de memoire? [They] are . . . vestiges . . . the rituals of a ritual-less society.”
Tony Judt, Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century
“We are all familiar with intellectuals who speak only on behalf of their country, class, religion, 'race,' 'gender,' or 'sexual orientation,' and who shape their opinions according to what they take to be the interest of their affinity of birth or predilection. But the distinctive feature of the liberal intellectual in past times was precisely the striving for universality; not the unworldly or disingenuous denial of sectional identification but the sustained effort to transcend that identification in search of truth or the general interest. . . . In today's America, neoconservatives generate brutish policies for which liberals provide the ethical fig leaf. There really is no other diifference between them.”
Tony Judt, Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century
“in a constitutionally ordered state, where laws are derived from broad principles of right and wrong and where those principles are enshrined and protected by agreed upon procedures and practices, it can never be in the long-term interest of the state or its citizens to flout those procedures at home or associate too closely overseas with the enemies of your founding ideals.”
Tony Judt, Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century
“ask . . . what it is about all-embracing 'systems' of thought that leads inexorably to all-embracing 'systems' of rule.”
Tony Judt, Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century
“the military system of a nation is not an independent section of the social system but an aspect of its totality.”
Tony Judt, Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century
“All modern U.S. presidents are perforce politicians, prisoners of their past pronouncements, their party, their constituency, and their colleagues.”
Tony Judt, Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century
“dialectics, as a veteran communist explained . . . 'is the art and technique of always landing on your feet.”
Tony Judt, Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century
“in an Apparently Godless Era.”
Tony Judt, Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century
“Democracies in which there are no significant political choices to be made, where economic policy is all that really matters—and where economic policy is now largely determined by nonpolitical actors (central banks, international agencies, or transnational corporations)—must either cease to be functioning democracies or accommodate once again the politics of frustration, of populist resentment.”
Tony Judt, Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century