20 August 2009

astroturf roots and Father Coughlins

"The way in which we experience and interpret the world obviously depends very much indeed on the kind of ideas that fill our minds. If they are mainly small, weak, superficial, and incoherent, life will appear insipid, uninteresting, petty and chaotic. It is difficult to bear the resultant feeling of emptiness, and the vacuum of our minds may only too easily be filled by some big, fantastic notion--political or otherwise--which suddenly seems to illuminate everything and to give meaning and purpose to our existence."

-E.F. Schumacher "Small is Beautiful" (1973)

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