Two From Hoffer

I’ve often mentioned and quoted the longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer. Here are a couple of passages from his book Reflections on the Human Condition, which was published in 1973:

The untalented are more at ease in a society that gives them valid alibis for not achieving than in one where opportunities are abundant. In an affluent society, the alienated who clamor for power are largely untalented people who cannot make use of the unprecedented opportunities for self-realization, and cannot escape the confrontation with an ineffectual self.

Even more timely, if that’s possible:

If a society is to preserve its stability and a degree of continuity, it must know how to keep its adolescents from imposing their tastes, attitudes, values, and fantasies on everyday life. At present, most nations are threatened more by their juveniles within than by enemies without.

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3 Comments

  1. Yup. It’s the naive ignoramuses leading the ineffectual no accounts. What could go wrong?

    Posted June 11, 2015 at 4:31 pm | Permalink
  2. Whitewall says

    These are just jaw dropping offerings from Hoffer. It is us in our current state of decline. Sell the well below average a shot at “equality”. A mirage. More to the point, Progressivism.

    Posted June 11, 2015 at 6:57 pm | Permalink
  3. JK says

    It’s the naive ignoramuses leading the ineffectual no accounts. What could go wrong?

    http://www.ktlo.com/Identity-fraud-leads-to-woman-being-married-to-ano/21621406

    Posted June 11, 2015 at 9:02 pm | Permalink