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  • Amazon shared from Among the Russians by Colin Thubron
    He believed he lived in the perfect, the only society; yet he had no grounds for comparison at all. He seemed to be the pure creation of propaganda—a frightening mixture of naïvety and intelligence.
    Note: Sounds a lot like modern day America.
  • Amazon shared from The First Tycoon by T.J. Stiles
    Transportation, not fledgling factories, captured Americans' imagination. It seemed to be the most strategic sector of the economy in this sprawling country, and Vanderbilt took a strategic view of it.
  • Amazon shared from The First Tycoon by T.J. Stiles
    Transportation, not fledgling factories, captured Americans' imagination. It seemed to be the most strategic sector of the economy in this sprawling country, and Vanderbilt took a strategic view of it.
  • Amazon shared from The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
    The trouble about argument is that it moves the whole struggle on to the Enemy’s own ground. He can argue too; whereas in really practical propaganda of the kind I am suggesting He has been shown for centuries to be greatly the inferior of Our Father Below. By the very act of arguing, you awake the patient’s reason; and once it is awake, who can foresee the result? Even if a particular train of thought can be twisted so as to end in our favour, you will find that you have been strengthening in your patient the fatal habit of attending to universal issues and withdrawing his attention from...
    Note: The case for arguing important concepts.
  • Amazon shared from The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin
    “Liberals from the realm of theory should adorn our highest bench / Though to crooks they’re always chary / At police misdeeds they blench.” The members of the chorus then fell to their knees and sang, “Save Miranda, save Miranda, save it from the Nixon Four.” Nixon’s nominees were Warren Burger, Harry Blackmun, Lewis Powell, and, of course, Rehnquist himself.