Monthly Archives: March 2013

On H. G. Wells: He found unpopularity very hard to endure.

Wells derived his importance from quantity rather than quality, though one must admit that he excelled in certain qualities. He was very good at imagining mass behavior in unusual circumstances, for example in The War of the Worlds. Some of … Continue reading

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On Mill’s Liberty: It is even more desirable in our day than it was in his to uphold the kind of outlook for which he stands.

With Mill’s values, I for my part find myself in complete agreement. I think he is entirely right in emphasizing the importance of the individual in so far as values are concerned. I think, moreover, it is even more desirable … Continue reading

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They would look askance at me and would feel that I was not one of them.

Late into the night (11November1918) I stayed alone in the streets, watching the temper of the crowd, as I had done in the August days four years before. The crowd was frivolous still, and had learned nothing during the period … Continue reading

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When an Idea is Entertained Without Belief, the Impulse to Belief is Not Absent But is Inhibited.

A belief may be compared to a cistern plus a pipe plus a tap. The tap can be turned on, and the belief can influence the action, but neither happens without an additional stimulus. When a man is believing something, … Continue reading

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Chided China in Conrad’s Words

He (Joseph Conrad) wrote: ‘I have always liked the Chinese, even those that tried to kill me … I also received many kindness at the hands of various Chinese. This with the addition of an evening’s conversation with the secretary … Continue reading

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On the Psychology of Class War

To appeal to hatred may be the right psychology for winning victory in a war; so all the belligerents thought from 1914 to 1918. But it is not the right psychology for subsequent construction; to us, who suffer the aftermath … Continue reading

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