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Christopher Lasch
June 1, 1932 - February 14, 1994
Nationality: American
Category: Historian
Subcategory: American Historian

A society that has made "nostalgia" a marketable commodity on the cultural exchange quickly repudiates the suggestion that life in the past was in any important way better than life today.


The last three decades have seen the collapse of the family wage system.


The left sees nothing but bigotry and superstition in the popular defense of the family or in popular attitudes regarding abortion, crime, busing, and the school curriculum.


The left ask people to believe that there is no conflict between feminism and the family.


The conservative revival cannot be dismissed.


The hope of a new politics does not lie in formulating a left-wing reply to the right-it lies in rejecting conventional political categories.


Ideologies, however appealing, cannot shape the whole structure of perceptions and conduct unless they are embedded in daily experiences that confirm them.


The same historical development that turned the citizen into a client transformed the worker from a producer into a consumer.


Personal disintegration remains always an imminent danger.


The effect of the mass media is not to elicit belief but to maintain the apparatus of addiction.


Today Americans are overcome not by the sense of endless possibility but by the banality of the social order they have erected against it.


Environmentalism opposes reckless innovation and makes conservation the central order of business.


George Orwell's contention was that it is a sure sign of trouble when things can no longer be called by their right names and described in plain, forthright speech.


Information, usually seen as the precondition of debate, is better understood as its by-product.


The left dismisses talk about the collapse of family life and talks instead about the emergence of the growing new diversity of family types.


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.


Most women are pragmatists who have allowed extremists on the left and right to manipulate the family issue for their own purposes.


Relentless improvement of the product and upgrading of consumer tastes are the heart of mass merchandising.


It is no longer an unwritten law of American capitalism that industry will attempt to maintain wages at a level that allows a single wage to support a family.


It is advertising and the logic of consumerism that governs the depiction of reality in the mass media.


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