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 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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"The moral effect of the thundering of one's own artillery is most extraordinary, and many of us thought that we had never heard any more welcome sound than the deep roaring and crashing that started in at our rear"
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"One gets into a strange psychological, almost hypnotic, state of mind while on the firing line which probably prevents the mind's eye from observing and noticing things in a normal way"
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"I saw a great many men die afterwards, some suffering horribly, but I do not recall any death that affected me quite so much as that of this first victim in my platoon"
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"What impressed me particularly in Vienna was the strict order everywhere. No mob disturbances of any kind, in spite of the greatly increased liberty and relaxation of police regulations"
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"Human nerves quickly get accustomed to the most unusual conditions and circumstances and I noticed that quite a number of men actually fell asleep from sheer exhaustion in the trenches, in spite of the roaring of the cannon about us and the whizzing of shrapnel over our heads"
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"Life that only a few hours before had glowed with enthusiasm and exultation, suddenly paled and sickened"
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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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