67 Total Quotes

Christopher Lasch Quotes

Christopher Lasch
Every age develops its own peculiar forms of pathology, which express in exaggerated form its underlying character structure.
Christopher Lasch Permalink
#American Historian #Age And Aging

Christopher Lasch
The job of the press is to encourage debate, not to supply the public with information.
Christopher Lasch Permalink
#American Historian #Debate

Christopher Lasch
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 Permalink
#American Historian

Christopher Lasch
Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.
Christopher Lasch Permalink
#American Historian #Appearance

Christopher Lasch
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 Lasch Permalink
#Culture

Christopher Lasch
Information, usually seen as the precondition of debate, is better understood as its by-product.
Christopher Lasch Permalink
#American Historian #Debate

Christopher Lasch
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.
Christopher Lasch Permalink
#Blacks

Christopher Lasch
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 Lasch Permalink
#American Historian

Christopher Lasch
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.
Christopher Lasch Permalink
#Modern And Modernism

Christopher Lasch
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 Lasch Permalink
#Commodity

Christopher Lasch
Success in our society has to be ratified by publicity,
Christopher Lasch Permalink
#Publicity

Christopher Lasch
moral paralysis of those who value 'openness' above all (democracy is more than) openness and toleration... In the absence of common standards... tolerance becomes indifference.
Christopher Lasch Permalink
#Tolerance #Absence #Democracy #Indifference

Christopher Lasch
Instead of taking environmentalism away from the left, conservatives condemn it as a counsel of doom.
Christopher Lasch Permalink
#American Historian

Christopher Lasch
Adherents of the new religious right reject the separation of politics and religion, but they bring no spiritual insights to politics.
Christopher Lasch Permalink
#American Historian

Christopher Lasch
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. The woman who rejects the stereotype of feminine weakness and dependence can no longer find much comfort in the clichT that all men are beasts. She has no choice except to believe, on the contrary, that men are human beings, and she finds it hard to forgive them when they act like animals.
Christopher Lasch Permalink
#Men And Women

Christopher Lasch
The last three decades have seen the collapse of the family wage system.
Christopher Lasch Permalink
#American Historian

Christopher Lasch
Traditionalists will have to master techniques of sustained activism formerly monopolized by the left.
Christopher Lasch Permalink
#American Historian

Christopher Lasch
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 Lasch Permalink
#American Historian

Christopher Lasch
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 Lasch Permalink
#American Historian

Christopher Lasch
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 Lasch Permalink
#American Historian

Christopher Lasch
Because it equates tradition with prejudice, the left finds itself increasingly unable to converse with ordinary people in their common language.
Christopher Lasch Permalink
#American Historian

Christopher Lasch
Because politics rests on an irreducible measure of coercion, it can never become a perfect realm of perfect love and justice.
Christopher Lasch Permalink
#American Historian

Christopher Lasch
Conservatives have no understanding of modern capitalism. They have a distorted understanding of the traditional values they claim to defend.
Christopher Lasch Permalink
#American Historian