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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The life-fate of the modern individual depends not only upon the family into which he was born or which he enters by marriage, but increasingly upon the corporation in which he spends the most alert hours of his best years.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them -- and then, the opportunity to choose.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.”
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Not wishing to be disturbed over moral issues of the political economy, Americans cling to the notion that the government is a sort of automatic machine, regulated by the balancing of competing interests.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Commercial jazz, soap opera, pulp fiction, comic strips, the movies set the images, mannerisms, standards, and aims of the urban masses. In one way or another, everyone is equal before these cultural machines; like technology itself, the mass media are nearly universal in their incidence and appeal. They are a kind of common denominator, a kind of scheme for pre-scheduled, mass emotions.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Power is not of a man. Wealth does not center in the person of the wealthy. Celebrity is not inherent in any personality. To be celebrated, to be wealthy, to have power requires access to major institutions.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“America is a nation with no truly national city, no Paris, no Rome, no London, no city which is at once the social center, the political capital, and the financial hub.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The professional celebrity, male and female, is the crowning result of the star system of a society that makes a fetish of competition. In America, this system is carried to the point where a man who can knock a small white ball into a series of holes in the ground with more efficiency than anyone else thereby gains social access to the President of the United States.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“In the world of the celebrity, the hierarchy of publicity has replaced the hierarchy of descent and even of great wealth.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“People with advantages are loath to believe that they just happen to be people with advantages.”

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