posted by David Cho @ 9/19/2008
That makes me wonder if Eric Hoffer ever believed in a cause.How did the movement, for example, to abolish slavery become a business? Beware the man who must put down "causes". He may be too cynical to care about anything important.
I agree that he is overstating this, but what he says has happened a lot.Former National Review publisher Wick Allison quotes this in his endorsement of Obama. It's an interesting piece indeed, and his case for a thoughtful man who actually reads the federalist papers makes me think having watched a presidency dominated by mindless ideologues.When he quotes Hoffer, Allison is speaking of the conservative movement whose state he deeply laments. I do too.I like the quote because it makes me think of the church which started out as a subversive movement and had no intention of being an institution. Now the church and institutionalization are synonymous.
"I agree that he is overstating this, but what he says has happened a lot."He has some very good things to say, but I cannot stand that aphoristic style of writing, where everything has to be reduced to slogans and sayings. I think most things in life are too complicated for that. His stuff comes off as reductionism to me.* * * *Sorry about scrubbing your comment at wmtc. It's a serious situation here, and my blog is 75% political, and it was just the wrong time for a joke.
I agree. Lots of quotes can be just meaningless soundbites and slogans.No problem there. Since I don't really keep up with Canadian politics, I guess I was a bit oblivious.But my point of the joke still stands. More pupdates please :)
Nothing much is happening with the pups, but I suppose I could post some pics. :)
I really like what you said about the Church becoming institutionalized. I see that all too often, in too many ways.
I didn't know you were back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
my feelings exactly now that I think about it
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