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Politics and Motivation – “All too Human” – George Stephanopoulos

September 6th, 2011 · No Comments · Complexity, Electoralism, Ideology, Means and Ends, Philosophy, Policy, Politics, US Politics

Citing T.S. Eliot: “The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason.”

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Location, Location, Location – “All too Human” – George Stephanopoulos

September 6th, 2011 · No Comments · Architecture, Policy, Politics, Power, US Politics

When it comes to White House offices, it’s not the size that counts. Location, location, location. Proximity, like celebrity, is a source and sign of power. The closer you are to the president, the more people believe he listens to you. The more people believe he listens to you, the more information flows your way. [...]

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There is Always Something – “All The King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren

August 30th, 2011 · No Comments · Campaigning, Politics, Prose, Religion, US Politics

Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption and he passeth from the stink of the didie to the stench of the shroud. There is always something.

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Dirt – “All The King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren.

August 30th, 2011 · No Comments · Campaigning, Means and Ends, Political Communication, Politics, Prose, US Politics

Dirt’s a funny thing. Come to think of it, there ain’t a thing but dirt on this green God’s globe except what’s under water, and that’s dirt too. It’s dirt makes the grass grow. A diamond ain’t a thing in the world but a piece of dirt that got awful hot. And God-a-Mighty picked up [...]

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Nixon’s Sense of Humour - “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72”, Hunter S Thompson

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments · Conservative Politics, Extremism, Politics, Quotes, US Politics

Nixon was “a monument to all the rancid genes and broken chromosomes that corrupt the possibilities of the American Dream; he was a foul caricature of himself, a man with no soul, no inner convictions, with the integrity of a hyena and the style of a poison toad. The Nixon I remembered was absolutely humorless; [...]

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A Nation of Used Car Salesmen – “Fear and Loathing: on the Campaign Trail ‘72” – Hunter S Thompson

July 30th, 2011 · No Comments · Democracy, Electoralism, Politics, US Politics

If the current polls are reliable… Nixon will be re-elected by a huge majority of Americans who feel he is not only more honest and more trustworthy than George McGovern, but also more likely to end the war in Vietnam. The polls also indicate that Nixon will get a comfortable majority of the Youth Vote. [...]

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Staffing – “Fear and Loathing: on the Campaign Trail ‘72” – Hunter S Thompson

July 29th, 2011 · No Comments · Politics, US Politics

It was not until his campaign collapsed and his ex-staffers felt free to talk that I learned that working for Big Ed (Muskie) was something like being locked in a rolling boxcar with a vicious 200-pound water rat. Some of his top staff people considered him dangerously unstable. He had several identities, they said, and [...]

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Conflicting Duties – “Democracy, an American novel” – Henry Adams

July 20th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Democracy, History, Means and Ends, Politics, Power, Quotes, US Politics

“Mrs. Lee,” said he, with harsh emphasis and dogmatic tone, “there are conflicting duties in all the transactions of life, except the simplest. However we may act, do what we may, we must violate some moral obligation. All that can be asked of us is that we should guide ourselves by what we think the [...]

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Regret Not the Doing, but the Necessity of Doing – “Democracy, an American novel” – Henry Adams

July 20th, 2011 · No Comments · Democracy, Means and Ends, Politics, Power, US Politics

I do not undertake to defend this affair. It is the act of my public life which I most regret—not the doing, but the necessity of doing. I do not differ from you in opinion on that point. I cannot acknowledge that there is here any real divergence between us.

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“Democracy, an American novel” – Henry Adams

July 20th, 2011 · No Comments · Politics, Uncategorized, US Politics

Mrs. Lee listened to all this with intense interest. Not until this moment had she really felt as though she had got to the heart of politics, so that she could, like a physician with his stethoscope, measure the organic disease. Now at last she knew why the pulse beat with such unhealthy irregularity, and [...]

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