Friday, August 20, 2004

NOTHING TO FEAR BUT ... no imagination


We put no stock in trying to generate

the will among our citizens to use their

imaginations and human skills in

ways that might improve the

quality of a normal life.


We seem unable to counterbalance

the overwhelming sense of rage,

hate, envy and fear
that prevails

in our public life.


Since most elections and political

careers are determined by manipulating

the short-term reactions of the public,

little long-range thinking or

courageous articulation

of alternatives
is heard ...

LEON BOTSTEIN
JEFFERSON'S CHILDREN
Education and the Promise of American Culture