Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.
The job of the press is to encourage debate, not to supply the public with information.
Information, usually seen as the precondition of debate, is better understood as its by-product.
It is a tribute to the peculiar horror of contemporary life that it makes the worst features of earlier times -- the stupefaction of the masses, the obsessed and driven lives of the bourgeoisie -- seem attractive by comparison.
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.
Today Americans are overcome not by the sense of endless possibility but by the banality of the social order they have erected against it.
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.
Every age develops its own peculiar forms of pathology, which express in exaggerated form its underlying character structure.
Once women begin to question the inevitability of their subordination and to reject the conventions formerly associated with it, they can no longer retreat to the safety of those conventions.
We do not need to minimize the poverty of the ghetto or the suffering inflicted by whites on blacks in order to see that the increasingly dangerous and unpredictable conditions of middle-class life have given rise to similar strategies for survival.
Because it equates tradition with prejudice, the left finds itself increasingly unable to converse with ordinary people in their common language.
Most people no longer live in nuclear families at all.
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 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.
The left ask people to believe that there is no conflict between feminism and the family.