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

The left has lost the common touch.


Most of these alternative arrangements, so-called, arise out of the ruins of marriages, not as an improvement of old fashioned marriage.


The news appeals to the same jaded appetite that makes a child tire of a toy as soon as it becomes familiar and demand a new one in its place.


Propaganda in the ordinary sense of the term plays a less important part in a consumer society, where people greet all official pronouncements with suspicion.


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.

    Topics: Family

The proper reply to right wing religiosity is not to insist that politics and religion don't mix. This is the stock response of the left.


The left has lost touch with popular opinion, thereby making it possible for the right to present itself as the party of common sense.


Instead of taking environmentalism away from the left, conservatives condemn it as a counsel of doom.


Knowledge is what we get when an observer, preferably a scientifically trained observer, provides us with a copy of reality that we can all recognize.


The left has come to regard common sense - the traditional wisdom and folkways of the community - as an obstacle to progress and enlightenment.


We are all revolutionaries now, addicts of change.


The left no longer stands for common sense, as it did in the days of Tom Paine.


When liberals finally grasped the strength of popular feeling about the family, they cried to appropriate the rhetoric and symbolism of family values for their own purposes.


The intellectual debility of contemporary conservatism is indicated by its silence on all important matters.


News represents another form of advertising, not liberal propaganda.


Every age develops its own peculiar forms of pathology, which express in exaggerated form its underlying character structure.


In an individualistic culture, the narcissist is God's gift to the world. In a collectivist society, the narcissist is God's gift to the collective.


Conservatives sense a link between television and drugs, but they do not grasp the nature of this connection.


Drugs are merely the most obvious form of addiction in our society. Drug addiction is one of the things that undermines traditional values.


Because it equates tradition with prejudice, the left finds itself increasingly unable to converse with ordinary people in their common language.


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