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It is in the prosecution of some single object, and in striving to reach its accomplishment by the combined application of his moral and physical energies, that the true happiness of man, in his full vigour and development, consists. Possession, it is true, crowns exertion with repose; but it is only in the illusions of fancy that it has power to charm our eyes. If we consider the position of man in the universe,—if we remember the constant tendency of his energies towards some definite activity, and recognize the influence of surrounding nature, which is ever provoking him to exertion, we shall be ready to acknowledge that repose and possession do not indeed exist but in imagination. - Wilhelm von Humboldt, The Sphere and Duties of Government (The Limits of State Action) (1854 ed.)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Reinhard: Not sure who "they" are...

David Reinhard writes about The New Yorker's cover. Here is the letter I wrote:
David Reinhard is unsure who are the "Obama critics [that] traffic in this Muslim Manchurian candidate nonsense" in his commentary on July 17th, 2008 regarding the New Yorker magazine's caricature cover of Barack and Michelle Obama. Plainly Reinhard missed that Daily Show episode: It's you! The media! Jon replays a number of idiotic clips from the media essentially gossiping about Barack. Reinhard should review it.
Quentin Crain

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