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    A child's appetite for new toys appeal to the desire for ownership and appropriation: the appeal of toys comes to lie not in their use but in their status as possessions. Christopher-LaschChristopher Lasch
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    A growing awareness of the depth of popular attachment to the family has led some liberals to concede that family is not just a buzzword for reaction. Christopher-LaschChristopher Lasch
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    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. Christopher-LaschChristopher Lasch
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    Because it equates tradition with prejudice, the left finds itself increasingly unable to converse with ordinary people in their common language. Christopher-LaschChristopher Lasch
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    Because politics rests on an irreducible measure of coercion, it can never become a perfect realm of perfect love and justice. Christopher-LaschChristopher Lasch
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    Conservatives sense a link between television and drugs, but they do not grasp the nature of this connection. Christopher-LaschChristopher Lasch
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    Drugs are merely the most obvious form of addiction in our society. Drug addiction is one of the things that undermines traditional values. Christopher-LaschChristopher Lasch
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    Environmentalism opposes reckless innovation and makes conservation the central order of business. Christopher-LaschChristopher Lasch
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    George Orwell's contention was that it is a sure sign of trouble when things can no longer be called by their right names and described in plain, forthright speech. Christopher-LaschChristopher Lasch
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    Ideologies, however appealing, cannot shape the whole structure of perceptions and conduct unless they are embedded in daily experiences that confirm them. Christopher-LaschChristopher Lasch
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    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. Christopher-LaschChristopher Lasch
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    In our society, daily experience teaches the individual to want and need a never-ending supply of new toys and drugs. Christopher-LaschChristopher Lasch
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    Information, usually seen as the precondition of debate, is better understood as its by-product. Christopher-LaschChristopher Lasch
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    It is advertising and the logic of consumerism that governs the depiction of reality in the mass media. Christopher-LaschChristopher Lasch
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    It is the logic of consumerism that undermines the values of loyalty and permanence and promotes a different set of values that is destructive of family life. Christopher-LaschChristopher Lasch
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    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. Christopher-LaschChristopher Lasch
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    Liberals subscribe to the new flexible, pluralistic definition of the family; their defense of families carries no conviction. Christopher-LaschChristopher Lasch
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    Most of these alternative arrangements, so-called, arise out of the ruins of marriages, not as an improvement of old fashioned marriage. Christopher-LaschChristopher Lasch
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    Most people no longer live in nuclear families at all. Christopher-LaschChristopher Lasch
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    Most women are pragmatists who have allowed extremists on the left and right to manipulate the family issue for their own purposes. Christopher-LaschChristopher Lasch
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    Neoclassical economics insists that advertising cannot force consumers to buy anything they don't already want to buy. Christopher-Lasch/">Christopher Lasch
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    News represents another form of advertising, not liberal propaganda. Christopher-Lasch/">Christopher Lasch
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    Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. Christopher-Lasch/">Christopher Lasch
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    Ostensibly rigorous and realistic, contemporary conservatism is an ideology of denial. Its symbol is a smile button. Christopher-Lasch/">Christopher Lasch
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    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. Christopher-Lasch/">Christopher Lasch
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    Relentless improvement of the product and upgrading of consumer tastes are the heart of mass merchandising. Christopher-Lasch/">Christopher Lasch
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    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. Christopher-Lasch/">Christopher Lasch
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    The conservative revival cannot be dismissed. Christopher-Lasch/">Christopher Lasch
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    The effect of the mass media is not to elicit belief but to maintain the apparatus of addiction. Christopher-Lasch/">Christopher Lasch
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    The hope of a new politics does not lie in formulating a left-wing reply to the right-it lies in rejecting conventional political categories. Christopher-Lasch/">Christopher Lasch
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    The job of the press is to encourage debate, not to supply the public with information. Christopher-Lasch/">Christopher Lasch
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    The last three decades have seen the collapse of the family wage system. Christopher-Lasch/">Christopher Lasch
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    The left ask people to believe that there is no conflict between feminism and the family. Christopher-Lasch/">Christopher Lasch
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    The left has come to regard common sense - the traditional wisdom and folkways of the community - as an obstacle to progress and enlightenment. Christopher-Lasch/">Christopher Lasch
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    The left has lost the common touch. Christopher-Lasch/">Christopher Lasch
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    The left no longer stands for common sense, as it did in the days of Tom Paine. Christopher-Lasch/">Christopher Lasch
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    The left sees nothing but bigotry and superstition in the popular defense of the family or in popular attitudes regarding abortion, crime, busing, and the school curriculum. Christopher-Lasch/">Christopher Lasch
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    The model of ownership, in a society organized round mass consumption, is addiction. Christopher-Lasch/">Christopher Lasch
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    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. Christopher-Lasch/">Christopher Lasch
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    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. Christopher-Lasch/">Christopher Lasch
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    The reporting of news has to be understood as propaganda for commodities, and events by images. Christopher-Lasch/41.php">Christopher Lasch
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    Today Americans are overcome not by the sense of endless possibility but by the banality of the social order they have erected against it. Christopher-Lasch/42.php">Christopher Lasch
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    Traditionalists will have to master techniques of sustained activism formerly monopolized by the left. Christopher-Lasch/43.php">Christopher Lasch
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    We are all revolutionaries now, addicts of change. Christopher-Lasch/44.php">Christopher Lasch
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    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. Christopher-Lasch/45.php">Christopher Lasch