"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."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Christopher Lasch on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Christopher Lasch on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Christopher Lasch on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Christopher Lasch on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Christopher Lasch on Joseph Stalin
"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."
"We are all revolutionaries now, addicts of change."
"In our society, daily experience teaches the individual to want and need a never-ending supply of new toys and drugs."
"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."