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Latter-Day Pamphlets

Thomas Carlyle

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. . .I thus do! More humanity, I say, more of manhood, and of sense for what the dignity of man demands imperatively of you and of me and of us all. We call it charity, beneficence, and other fine names, this brutish Workhouse Scheme of ours; and it is but sluggish heartlessness, and insincerity, and cowardly lowness of soul. Not 'humanity' or manhood, I think; perhaps apehood rather,—paltry imitancy, from the teeth outward, of what our heart never felt nor our understanding ever saw; dim indolent adherence to extraneous and extinct traditions; traditions now really about extinct; not living now to almost any of us, and still haunting with their spectralities and gibbering ghosts (in a truly baleful manner) almost all of us! Making this our struggling 'Twelfth Hour of the Night' inexpressibly hideous!—

"But as for you, my indigent incompetent friends, I have to repeat with sorrow, but with perfect clearness, what is plainly undeniable, and is even clamor. . . Read More

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A collection of a handful of grand thoughts, some of them prophetic, some provocative, some wrong, expressed verbosely in the most beautiful polemic prose the English-speaking world has likely ever produced. I highly recommend reading it for that alone, but for those short on time the main points of

The greatest shit-post of all times. The Stump-Orator chapter alone is worth the price of admission.

Carlyle is massively overrated. He is best viewed as a shitposter, not a polemicist. He makes a fleetingly small number of arguments over the course of the pamphlets, and all of them are drawn by analogy. From a political and societal analysis perspective, I believe he fails to be a Schmitt/true aut

"If you could not get it spoken, if you could still constrain it into silence, so much the richer are you. Better keep your idea while you can: let it still circulate in your blood, and there fructify; inarticulately inciting you to good activities; giving to your whole spiritual life a ruddier heal

Lots of verbiage, relatively low on content. Some insights were OK. Hard to read, overall.

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