Wednesday, January 19, 2011

class notes: a book, an article, three quotes, two videos

Joe Bageant's Deer Hunting With Jesus is must-reading for anyone interested in what's wrong with the US left. Will gives it five stars.

Cutting Class, a fine short essay, provides these quotes:
Distribute the earth as you will, the principal question remains inexorable—Who is to dig it? Which of us, in brief word, is to do the hard and dirty work for the rest, and for what pay? Who is to do the pleasant and clean work, and for what pay? Who is to do no work, and for what pay?
—John Ruskin, Sesame and Lilies, 1864

Let Catholic writers take care, when defending the cause of the proletariat and the poor, not to use language calculated to inspire among the people aversion to the upper classes of society.
—Pope Pius X, Apostolic Letter to the Bishops of Italy on Catholic Church Action, 1903

We are, by our occupations, education and habits of life, divided almost into different species, which regard one another, for the most part, with scorn and malignity.
—Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, 1751
and mentions these videos:

YouTube - Hoyt Axton - Boney Fingers:

YouTube - A Mansion On The Hill (Hank Sr ):