hard heads soft hearts

a scratch pad for half-formed thoughts by a liberal political junkie who's nobody special. ''Hard Heads, Soft Hearts'' is the title of a book by Princeton economist Alan Blinder, and tends to be a favorite motto of neoliberals, especially liberal economists.

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Wednesday, June 05, 2002
Gene Lyons The Higher Illiteracy:

"the danger to individual freedom posed by self-aggrandizing bureaucracies public and private seems to me greater every day. In putting it that way I mean to distinguish my point of view from that of the intellectual survivalists of the extreme right - who lampoon all public agencies save the military, but express only reverence for banks, insurance companies, and multi-national corporations."

"the very fact that ethnic and regional identity is now permissible in mass culture is the surest sign that it has become almost totally devoid of substance"

"Arkansans are proud and touchy, resentful of condescending outsiders, yet bitterly self-critical. Just a little bit, in fact, like Irish Catholics. Yet provincialism confers a certain wisdom: most of us k now that beyond a point achieved by almost everybody in North America, numbers have almost nothing at all to do with the sum of human happiness."