Quotes by Austrian authors


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"One can't understand the Christian Right and similar movements unless one sees them as reactive - they're reacting to what they call secular humanism"
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"Genius is an overused word. The world has known only about a half dozen geniuses. I got only fairly near"
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"It is very kind of you to consider the possibility of my working in Pasadena, an idea which certainly is attractive, especially since it would hold out the prospect of your cooperation or advice"
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"It has been true in Western societies and it seems to be true elsewhere that you do not find democratic systems apart from capitalism, or apart from a market economy, if you prefer that term"
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"Even in a society as tightly controlled as Singapore's, the market creates certain forces which perhaps in the long run may lead to democracy"
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"The basic fault lines today are not between people with different beliefs but between people who hold these beliefs with an element of uncertainty and people who hold these beliefs with a pretense of certitude"
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"Some people seem to gravitate from one fundamentalism to another, from some kind of secular fundamentalism into a religious fundamentalism or the other way around, which is not very helpful"
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"I'm sure Putnam is right that there's been a decline in certain kinds of organizations like bowling leagues. But people participate in communities in other ways"
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"We also have a cultural phenomenon: the emergence of a global culture, or of cultural globalization"
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"The problem with liberal Protestantism in America is not that it has not been orthodox enough, but that it has lost a lot of religious substance"
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"If you say simply that pressures toward democracy are created by the market, I would say yes"
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"When certain branches of the economy become obsolete, as in the case of the steel industry, not only do jobs disappear, which is obviously a terrible social hardship, but certain cultures also disappear"
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"The negative side to globalization is that it wipes out entire economic systems and in doing so wipes out the accompanying culture"
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"I think what I and most other sociologists of religion wrote in the 1960s about secularization was a mistake. Our underlying argument was that secularization and modernity go hand in hand. With more modernization comes more secularization"
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"Even if one is interested only in one's own society, which is one's prerogative, one can understand that society much better by comparing it with others"
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"But we don't have an example of a democratic society existing in a socialist economy - which is the only real alternative to capitalism in the modern world"
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"Our institute's agenda is relatively simple. We study the relationship between social-economic change and culture. By culture we mean beliefs, values and lifestyles. We cover a broad range of issues, and we work very internationally"
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"Let me say again that the relationship is asymmetrical: there's no democracy without a market economy, but you can have a market economy without democracy"
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"In a market economy, however, the individual has some possibility of escaping from the power of the state"
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"There is a continuum of values between the churches and the general community. What distinguishes the handling of these values in the churches is mainly the heavier dosage of religious vocabulary involved"
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"Some people think that as the Chinese economy becomes more and more capitalistic it will inevitably become more democratic"
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"So I think one can say on empirical grounds - not because of some philosophical principle - that you can't have democracy unless you have a market economy"
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"If the cultural elite has its way, the U.S. will be much more like Europe"
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"We started at once to dig our trenches, half of my platoon stepping forward abreast, the men being placed an arm's length apart. After laying their rifles down, barrels pointing to the enemy, a line was drawn behind the row of rifles and parallel to it"
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"The outbreak of the war found my wife and me in Switzerland, where we were taking a cure"
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"Although I had resigned my commission as an officer two years before, I immediately left Switzerland, accompanied by my wife, in order to report for duty. As it happened, a wire reached me a day later calling me to the colors"
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"Suddenly, at about ten o'clock, a dull thud sounded somewhere far away from us, and simultaneously we saw a small white round cloud about half a mile ahead of us where the shrapnel had exploded. The battle had begun"
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"Signs of fatigue soon manifested themselves more and more strongly, and slowly the men dropped out one by one, from sheer exhaustion. No murmur of complaint, however, would be heard"
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"My wife volunteered her services as Red Cross nurse, insisting upon being sent to the front, in order to be as near me as could be, but it developed later that no nurse was allowed to go farther than the large troop hospitals far in the rear of the actual operations"
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"IN trying to recall my impressions during my short war duty as an officer in the Austrian Army, I find that my recollections of this period are very uneven and confused"
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