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Christopher Hitchens, Flagellum Dei.

19-Dec-11

I see no particular reason to call Christopher Hitchens a good person – anyone, as I have said, who leaves his wife when she is pregnant with their second child is safely distancing himself from all the more benign forms of respectability – but I must confess that despite the obvious – despite Greenwald’s pointing [...]

“Beauty is Perfection in Combination with Freedom.”

27-Aug-11

I am continually impressed by Goethe’s genius – his capacity to productively see.  ”Beauty is perfection in combination with freedom” is put as no one else can put it, and the more you think about what keeps things and people which are formally perfect from possessing the elevating radiance which distinguishes true beauty, the more [...]

From Dostoevsky.

25-Jun-10

The conclusions of one of the revolutionaries in Demons: “I got entangled in my own data, and my conclusion directly contradicts the original idea I start out from.  Starting from unlimited freedom, I conclude with unlimited despotism.  I will add, however, that apart from my solution to the social problem, there is no other.”