Сол, Джон Ролстон цитаты
Сол, Джон Ролстон
Дата рождения: 19. Июнь 1947
Джон Ролстон Сол — канадский философ, писатель и эссеист. Нынешний президент международного ПЕН-клуба .
Учился в университете McGill в Монреале и в Лондонском Королевском колледже, степень доктора философии получил в 1972 году.
Свою первую новеллу «Хищные птицы» опубликовал в 1977 году — это политическая новелла о голлистской Франции, ставшая международным бестселлером.
В 1990—1992 гг. возглавлял канадский ПЕН-центр.
Кавалер ордена Канады I степени, ордена Искусств и Литературы Франции.
С 1999 года супруг Адриенны Кларксон.
Цитаты Сол, Джон Ролстон
„The citizenry insist and insist and insist that they are proud of the Medicare system and that they want it to work. They continually send instructions to this effect to their governments. They do so in every imaginable way. And yet, day by day, the governments and the bureaucracies chip away at the system as if in the hope that, by opening holes in it and creating a new ineffectiveness, the citizenry will drop their commitment to it.“
„Panic: A highly underrated capacity thanks to which individuals are able to indicate clearly that something is wrong.... Given their head, most humans panic with great dignity and imagination. This can be called democratic expression or practical common sense.“
— John Ralston Saul
„The state-initiated referendum has always been a part of this [anti-democratic] logic. Stop the talk, we're going to decide, yes or no. At this point the citizen's role is to wave one flag or the other and cheer for one side of the simple question or the other. In other words, we're reduced to children.“
„The individual has been allowed out of his socially constructed cage. That, at least, is the contemporary myth. What is not clear, however, is what that liberation has to do with the fulfullment of individualism. The lessons of history seem relatively clear. Societies on the rise are simple, unadorned and relatively uncompromising. Those on the decline are given to open-mindedness, self-indulgence and the baroque.“
„Left to its own devices the market is capable of the most miraculous of inventions and the silliest of self-delusions. It is an extreme romantic. It also has a real purpose — the same one it has always had. That is to organize the supply and exchange of goods or to finance the production of goods — thus facilitating and financing the economy. But the market cannot achieve in a regular and lasting manner its own purpose because it is only an unconscious and abstract mechanism. The factor which must be added in order to create the restraint, balance, and consciousness necessary for long-term prosperity is human leadership. That leadership takes the form of effective regulation.“
— John Ralston Saul
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