Quotes Suitable for Framing: Camille Paglia

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As an atheist, I have argued that if religion is erased, something must be put in its place. Belief systems are intrinsic to human intelligence and survival. They “frame” the flux of primary experience, which would otherwise flood the mind.

But politics cannot fill the gap. Society, with which Marxism is obsessed, is only a fragment of the totality of life. As I have written, Marxism has no metaphysics: it cannot even detect, much less comprehend, the enormity of the universe and the operations of nature. Those who invest all of their spiritual energies in politics will reap the whirlwind. The evidence is all around us—the paroxysms of inchoate, infantile rage suffered by those who have turned fallible politicians into saviors and devils, godlike avatars of Good versus Evil.

Camille Paglia, Quillete interview, November 10, 2018

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4 Comments

  1. “As I have written, Marxism has no metaphysics…” Unfortunately, some of liberal Christianity has rejected metaphysics. Thus their turn to politics as savior.

  2. “The evidence is all around us—the paroxysms of inchoate, infantile rage suffered by those who have turned fallible politicians into saviors and devils, godlike avatars of Good versus Evil.”

    I was unaware that Paglia had encountered Mark Shea.

  3. Recently, a Yale prof: “Communism is a religion with ‘sloppy theology’.” Keynes said, “Never has such a dull and illogical concept as Marxism exercised such control over so many minds.”

  4. “Never has such a dull and illogical concept as Marxism exercised such control over so many minds.”

    Islam comes to mind.

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