Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.
The attempt to redefine the family as a purely voluntary arrangement grows out of the modern delusion that people can keep all their options open all the time.
It is the logic of consumerism that undermines the values of loyalty and permanence and promotes a different set of values that is destructive of family life.
The left dismisses talk about the collapse of family life and talks instead about the emergence of the growing new diversity of family types.
Adherents of the new religious right reject the separation of politics and religion, but they bring no spiritual insights to politics.
Progressive rhetoric has the effect of concealing social crisis and moral breakdown by presenting them as the birth pangs of a new order.
A child's appetite for new toys appeal to the desire for ownership and appropriation: the appeal of toys comes to lie not in their use but in their status as possessions.
Relentless improvement of the product and upgrading of consumer tastes are the heart of mass merchandising.
The model of ownership, in a society organized round mass consumption, is addiction.
The question of the family now divides our society so deeply that the opposing sides cannot even agree on a definition of the institution they are arguing about.
Conservatives unwittingly side with the social forces that contribute to the destruction of traditional values.
Personal disintegration remains always an imminent danger.
The left ask people to believe that there is no conflict between feminism and the family.
Every age develops its own peculiar forms of pathology, which express in exaggerated form its underlying character structure.
The effect of the mass media is not to elicit belief but to maintain the apparatus of addiction.
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