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Are we like late Rome, infatuated with past glories, ruled by a complacent, greedy elite, and hopelessly powerless to respond to changing conditions?


Camille Paglia

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Within the U.S., the Obama presidency will be mainly measured by the success or failure of his econo...
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I regard affirmative action as pernicious - a system that had wonderful ideals when it started but w...
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My argument has always been that nature has a master plan pushing every species toward procreation a...
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I've always felt that the obligation of teachers is to have a huge, broad overview and to provid...
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Sotomayor's vainglorious lecture bromide about herself as 'a wise Latina' trumping white...
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Eroticism is mystique; that is, the aura of emotion and imagination around sex. It cannot be 'fixed'...
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Leftism should be about the people. That's how it began.
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I was the first to advocate the Web. But I am very troubled by this thing that every kid must have a...
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Back in the 1960s, I got a superb education for very little money. The bill for my first year at Har...
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Music never dies. Do we really need another Madonna tour? Does she have to compete with women perfor...
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My grandfather worked in a shoe factory - he was an Italian immigrant. My father was the first to go...
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Because most of my career in the classroom has been at art schools (beginning at Bennington in the 1...
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I guess I'm just a natural warrior.
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Today, the ideal male is the gay man and the ideal female is the worker female, the woman who can wo...
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Every man must define his identity against his mother. If he does not, he just falls back into her a...
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Despite crime's omnipresence, things work in society, because biology compels it. Order eventually r...
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My thinking tends to be libertarian. That is, I oppose intrusions of the state into the private real...
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Television is actually closer to reality than anything in books. The madness of TV is the madness of...
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The best introduction by far to representation of the human figure in art. The Nude is a beautifully...
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Our major universities are now stuck with an army of pedestrian, toadying careerists, Fifties types ...
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Cinema is the culmination of the obsessive, mechanistic male drive in western culture. The movie pro...
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Capitalism is an art form, an Apollonian fabrication to rival nature. It is hypocritical for feminis...
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Pursuit and seduction are the essence of sexuality. It's part of the sizzle.
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It is capitalist America that produced the modern independent woman. Never in history have women had...
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We need a new kind of feminism, one that stresses personal responsibility and is open to art and sex...
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If civilization had been left in female hands we would still be living in grass huts.
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Woman is the dominant sex. Men have to do all sorts of stuff to prove that they are worthy of woman'...
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In the theory of gender I began from zero. There is no masculine power or privilege I did not covet....
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Out with stereotypes, feminism proclaims. But stereotypes are the west's stunning sexual personae, t...
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All objects, all phases of culture are alive. They have voices. They speak of their history and inte...
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Elizabeth Taylor is pre-feminist woman. This is the source of her continuing greatness and relevance...
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Prostitution is not just a service industry, mopping up the overflow of male demand, which always ex...
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The visual is sorely undervalued in modern scholarship. Art history has attained only a fraction of ...
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A serious problem in America is the gap between academe and the mass media, which is our culture. Pr...
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American universities are organized on the principle of the nuclear rather than the extended family....
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There are no accidents, only nature throwing her weight around. Even the bomb merely releases energy...
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A woman simply is, but a man must become. Masculinity is risky and elusive. It is achieved by a revo...
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When anything goes, it's women who lose.
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Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion, sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mat...
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The trauma of the Sixties persuaded me that my generation's egalitarianism was a sentimental error. ...
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If you live in rock and roll, as I do, you see the reality of sex, of male lust and women being arou...
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Jesus was a brilliant Jewish stand-up comedian, a phenomenal improviser. His parables are great one-...
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Cats are autocrats of naked self-interest. They are both amoral and immoral, consciously breaking ru...
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