consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral
rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and
follower alike the burdens of self-restraint.
than illness or death, the American journalist fears standing alone against the
whim of his owners or the prejudices of his audience.
society that presumes a norm of violence and celebrates aggression, whether in
the subway, on the football field, or in the conduct of its business, cannot help
making celebrities of the people who would destroy it.”
genius of capitalism consists precisely in its lack of morality. Unless he is
rich enough to hire his own choir, a capitalist is a fellow who, by definition,
can ill afford to believe in anything other than the doctrine of the bottom line.
Deprive a capitalist of his God-given right to lie and cheat and steal, and the
poor sap stands a better than even chance of becoming one of the abominable wards
of the state from whose grimy fingers the Reagan Administration hopes to snatch
the ark of democracy.”