Introduction [Page Four]

Chauvinism on the part of one’s own people often is not pursued by choice–rather it is common for it to be forced upon one on the threat of violence by one’s fellow countrymen.  Any organized attempt to combat bigotry without an awareness of this fact is doomed from the beginning.  Of course, even the ashes of a dead movement’s ideas may turn out to yield the spark necessary for a larger success in the end.

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Hubris believes in the eternal nature of its youth, but only after the fact.

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Americans are consistently a better people than their political representatives.  Europeans, consistently worse.

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I prefer Europeans.

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How we “got into” a war is always expressed in the past tense.  And “got into” is never the same as “out of.”

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The linguistic equivalent of abstract art is not nonesuch, but language itself.

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Logos should be limited to the word-sphere, a useful medieval concept.

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The canon not only assisted in the construction of ideology in the West, but limited even the study of accepted authors to certain pre-radical interpretations.

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Hermeneutics is the most political arena of thought and action.

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Ideology in the widest possible sense takes in many unwritten codes as well as institutions, but there is no reason to mark this distinction with a new word.  There is no such thing as an unspokenism.

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If we recycle ideas, but change them for our own purpose, then we are not pilfering, at least not without reason.

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Many think that provocation resides in the dangerous and mean, rather than in the safe and mean.  This is inaccurate.

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Don’t be too quick to abandon safety altogether, it may be the only thing going.

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The bourgeoisie loves safety for the wrong reasons: property and rights.  The radical knows the right ones: life and limb.  The Bohemian prefers the engaging: pleasure and pain. 

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What the Bohemian thinker says one day he may reject the next–this does not indicate a lack of certainty, or a fear of intellectual commitment.  What it demonstrates is a radical disregard for linearity.

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The Bohemian is not a friend to types.

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The demands of existence on the street are such that no one dreams of getting out alive.  The awareness of death becomes an advantage for anyone who has had to get by this way.  But developing that awareness into a halfway consistent form of thought is a great struggle.

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Freedom is always posited by the existing power structure either as something in the past or as something in the distant future.  The battle for a contemporary articulation of freedom in thought and action is absolute.  One is either on the side of the present or one is wrong.

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