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Christopher Lasch

Robert Christopher Lasch was an American historian, moralist and social critic who was a history professor at the University of Rochester. He sought to use history as a tool to awaken American society to the pervasiveness with which major institutions, public and private, were eroding the competence and independence of families and communities. Lasch strove to create a historically informed social criticism that could teach Americans how to deal with rampant consumerism, proletarianization, and what he famously labeled "the culture of narcissism".

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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Liberals subscribe to the new flexible, pluralistic definition of the family; their defense of families carries no conviction.
Conservatives unwittingly side with the social forces that contribute to the destruction of traditional values.
Most of these alternative arrangements, so-called, arise out of the ruins of marriages, not as an improvement of old fashioned marriage.
Because politics rests on an irreducible measure of coercion, it can never become a perfect realm of perfect love and justice.
Instead of taking environmentalism away from the left, conservatives condemn it as a counsel of doom.
In our society, daily experience teaches the individual to want and need a never-ending supply of new toys and drugs.
Neoclassical economics insists that advertising cannot force consumers to buy anything they don't already want to buy.
The left ask people to believe that there is no conflict between feminism and the family.
Conservatives have no understanding of modern capitalism. They have a distorted understanding of the traditional values they claim to defend. — © Christopher Lasch
Conservatives have no understanding of modern capitalism. They have a distorted understanding of the traditional values they claim to defend.
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.
The left has come to regard common sense - the traditional wisdom and folkways of the community - as an obstacle to progress and enlightenment.
Adherents of the new religious right reject the separation of politics and religion, but they bring no spiritual insights to politics.
Ostensibly rigorous and realistic, contemporary conservatism is an ideology of denial. Its symbol is a smile button.
The effect of the mass media is not to elicit belief but to maintain the apparatus of addiction.
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.
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.
The same historical development that turned the citizen into a client transformed the worker from a producer into a consumer.
Traditionalists will have to master techniques of sustained activism formerly monopolized by the left.
The last three decades have seen the collapse of the family wage system.
News represents another form of advertising, not liberal propaganda.
The intellectual debility of contemporary conservatism is indicated by its silence on all important matters.
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.
Conservatives sense a link between television and drugs, but they do not grasp the nature of this connection.
The model of ownership, in a society organized round mass consumption, is addiction.
The conservative revival cannot be dismissed.
Because it equates tradition with prejudice, the left finds itself increasingly unable to converse with ordinary people in their common language.
Information, usually seen as the precondition of debate, is better understood as its by-product.
Every age develops its own peculiar forms of pathology, which express in exaggerated form its underlying character structure.
Environmentalism opposes reckless innovation and makes conservation the central order of business.
Most people no longer live in nuclear families at all.
It is advertising and the logic of consumerism that governs the depiction of reality in the mass media.
The reporting of news has to be understood as propaganda for commodities, and events by images.
We are all revolutionaries now, addicts of change.
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 Lasch
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.
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.
Progressive rhetoric has the effect of concealing social crisis and moral breakdown by presenting them as the birth pangs of a new order.
It is no longer an unwritten law of American capitalism that industry will attempt to maintain wages at a level that allows a single wage to support a family.
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.
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.
The proper reply to right wing religiosity is not to insist that politics and religion don't mix. This is the stock response of the left.
Make it new is the message not just of modern art but of modern consumerism, of which modern art is largely a mirror image.
Today Americans are overcome not by the sense of endless possibility but by the banality of the social order they have erected against it.
The left has lost touch with popular opinion, thereby making it possible for the right to present itself as the party of common sense.
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
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.
The left dismisses talk about the collapse of family life and talks instead about the emergence of the growing new diversity of family types.
Most women are pragmatists who have allowed extremists on the left and right to manipulate the family issue for their own purposes.
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.
Personal disintegration remains always an imminent danger.
The left no longer stands for common sense, as it did in the days of Tom Paine.
Relentless improvement of the product and upgrading of consumer tastes are the heart of mass merchandising.
The left has lost the common touch.
The family wage has been eroded by the same developments that have promoted consumerism as a way of life.
Ideologies, however appealing, cannot shape the whole structure of perceptions and conduct unless they are embedded in daily experiences that confirm them.
The job of the press is to encourage debate, not to supply the public with information.
Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.
The family is a haven in a heartless world.
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