Friday, March 1, 2013

Laschian Wisdom

"Adopt a surly demeanor towards one and all in the hope of offending everybody," said the "fearless iconoclast who defied left and right labels," whose biography is reviewed here — Scourge of the elites. An excerpt to whet your appetite:
    In his prime, there was no more incendiary intellectual in America than Christopher Lasch. A prolific historian and social critic, Lasch wrote with erudition and flair about a wide range of topics from the early 1960s until his death in 1994, striving ‘for nothing less than a full understanding of the modern condition’, as a fellow historian put it. Called a ‘Marxist’ and a ‘fascist’ and almost everything else in between, he busted out of the conventional ‘right’ and ‘left’ political boxes. His writings typically aroused angry and emotional responses from his opponents.
Tolle, lege. Christopher Lasch lived in the town I resettled in after my repatriation a year-and-a-half ago, about 90 miles to the east of the town in which I grew up. His major works, below, which I purchased second-hand with the modest income from Newstex Content Syndication of my expatriate blog, The Western Confucian, were of invaluable help in my reentry and resettlement to a country from which I have been absent for a third of my life.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Thanks for the link to the article about Lasch and for the commentary on his work. Lasch is a critical example of a left-conservative, and his work on the family and on the progressive idea forms a linch-pin in the intellectual critique of modern liberalism, in my view. Also critical is his relentless criticism of the ideology of capitalism. A fine critic of both the life-style left and the libertarian right. Perfect!

March 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM  

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