My position is not that John Kerry is either Jesus Christ or the prophet Mohammad. My position is that John Kerry is the possibility of restarting politics.
It's an old anarchist dream that people can take care of their own lives.
I am a realist as well as an idealist, and I think that it is incumbent upon those of us in opposition to try to work within what are always arduous circumstances to stretch the limits of the possible.
Some versions of patriotism come close to the tribal, which we all want to surpass, and some don't.
Human inertia makes the everyday environment, the furniture, as it were, appear to be a given.
Collectively, we are in thrall to media - because they deliver to us many of the psychic goods we crave, and we know no other way to live.
Navigation is power of a limited sort - it enables us to manage the immensity of the media torrent.
There is a fuzzy but real distinction that can and I believe should be made, between patriotism, which is attachment to a way of life, and nationalism, which is the insistence that your way of life deserves to rule over other ways of life.
Mills insisted that a sociologist's proper subject was the intersection of biography and history.
The genius of the economic machine is in its ability to convert these indulgences into profitability. It converts desire into attention, a grip on our eyeballs and eardrums, which in turn can be marketed to advertisers.
Right now, we have no possibility of politics because we have a one-party state.
So American culture is itself a hybrid and lends itself to use in other people's hybrids.
The moguls are driven by their respective desires for profit - period.
To win power anywhere you have to convince people that you can do something for them.
We may repeat the awful revolutionary history of the 20th century because of the vulnerability of social movements to demagoguery.
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