(This was supposed to publish Friday night/early Saturday morning. Unfortunately, I set the auto-publish a few days later than I intended. ‘Tis fixed.)
Recent quotes I’ve jotted down during my reading.
“It requires considerable patience and learning to criticise an unjust social structure.”
— “What Are We Allowed to Say?” The London Review of Books, 22 SEP 2016.
“Not the violent conflict between parts of the truth, but the quiet suppression of half of it, is the formidable evil; there is always hope when people are forced to listen to both sides; it is when they attend to only one that errors harden into prejudices, and truth itself ceases to have the effect of truth, by being exaggerated into falsehood.”
— John Stuart Mill
“The invention of arson belongs to the village. Centuries before urban riots or the Reichstag fire, the enclosure of rural commons provoked incendiary protests, as the right to subsistence gave way to the rise of agrarian capitalism. Barns, fields and houses in the early modern village were the easy targets of class envy. The state has since supplanted wealthy landowners as the perceived enemy of poor labourers, and refugees are the clearest manifestations of state intrusion, especially in the countryside.”
— Ben Mauk, “Aldekerk Diary: The Refugee Crisis in Europe,” Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, 15 SEP 2016.
In a conversation with Misty about my recent entries, I said, “The wealthy care more about interest rates than they do employment rates.”