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"In what has develop into a vintage paintings, Richard M. Weaver unsparingly diagnoses the ills of our age and gives a pragmatic therapy. He asserts that the area is intelligible, and that guy is unfastened. The catastrophes of our age are the product now not of necessity yet of unintelligent selection. A remedy, he submits, is feasible. It lies within the correct use of man's cause, within the renewed recognition of an absolute fact, and in the  Read more...

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To one brought up in a society spiritually fused— w hat I shall call the metaphysical com­ munity— the idea o f a campaign to win friends must be in­ comprehensible. Friends are attracted by one’s personality, if it is o f the rig h t sort, and any conscious attem pt is in­ separable from guile. And the art o f manipulating personali­ ties obviously presumes a disrespect for personality. Only in a splintered community, where the spirit is starved to the point o f atrophy, could such an imposture flourish.

Hence the adulation o f the regular fellow , the political seduction of the common man, and the deep distrust o f intellectuals, whose grasp o f prin­ ciple gives them superior insight. This society may even pay tribute to the exemplar o f easy m orals; for he is the "go o d fe llo w ," who has about him none o f the uncom­ fortable angularities o f the idealist. It seems plain th at the democrats are ignoring a contra­ diction. Had they the courage to be logical, they would do as their predecessors in ancient Greece and choose thcir governors by lot.

The extremes of passion and suffering arc served up to enliven the breakfast tabic or to lighten the boredom of an evening at home. The area o f privacy has been abandoned because the definition of person has been lost, there is no longer a standard by which to judge w hat belongs to the individual man. Behind the offense lies the repudiation o f sentiment in favor o f immediacy. There are arguments founded upon insidious plausibility which seem to vindicate this publicizing. It is contended that such material is the raw stuff o f life, and that it is the duty o f organs o f public inform ation to leave no one de­ ceived about the real nature o f the world.

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