John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson in December 18, 1819: "Will you tell me how to prevent riches from becoming the effects of temperance and industry?"
In the course of life, whether it has to do with family or business, joy or sadness, one needs a basic compass for judgments.
A loss of courage may be the most striking feature which an outside observer notices in the West in our days.
To understand the role of the press in revolution, however, we must accept the press as both important in the fight for freedom and a tool of oppression throughout its history. It has not been simply one or the other: it has been both.
We go on trying to understand politics in terms of politics alone—which increasingly has come to mean in terms of economics—as though political beliefs and problems existed in a vacuum, totally detached from the rest of our culture.
Children become the wards of the state, reared for the state's purposes; marriage survives simply to reduce the enervating consequences of promiscuity.
The construction of history en philosophe, as Voltaire named it, relies on a more or less arbitrary selection of facts.
No myth of the 20th century is more pervasive than the belief that intellectuals determine the climate of opinion and shape the values of their society.
Thanks to American industry, marvels of technology—microwave ovens, citizens band radios, hand calculators, home computers, —flow in an endless stream.
All of our great presidents tangled with the press, and their supporters made reference to its power and ability to set the agenda of the national debate.