Saturday, 10 September 2016

Quotations for the weekend


[Vladimir Putin] is very interesting. I certainly believe that he is – a man of power of course – somehow affected by the necessity of faith. He is a realist. He sees how Russia suffers from the destruction of morality. Even as a patriot, as someone who wants Russia to have great power again, he sees that the destruction of Christianity threatens to destroy Russia. A human being needs God, he sees that quite evidently, and he is certainly affected by it inwardly as well.

Pope Benedict XVI

Europe becomes more and more a province of Islam, a colony of Islam. And Italy is an outpost of that province, a stronghold of that colony…In each of our cities lies a second city: a Muslim city, a city run by the Quran. A stage of Islamic expansion.
Oriana Fallaci

You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the 'basket of deplorables'. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.

Hillary Clinton

Another struggle has been the struggle to keep the value of a local and particular character, of a particular culture in this awful maelstrom, this awful avalanche toward uniformity. The whole fight is for the conservation of the individual soul. The enemy is the supression of history; against us is the bewildering propaganda and brainwash, luxury and violence. Sixty years ago, poetry was the poor man’s art: a man off on the edge of the wilderness, or Frémont, going off with a Greek text in his pocket. A man who wanted the best could have it on a lonely farm. Then there was the cinema, and now television.

Ezra Pound
It is often argued that Germany was the great winner from the launch of the euro. The argument is simple: the single currency is relatively weak, while the deutschmark was very strong. So by joining the euro, Germany locked in a much lower exchange rate, making it permanently more competitive and helping it export a lot more. Had Germany retained the mark, it could well have ended up as a safe haven refuge currency, rocketing like the Swiss franc and choking German manufacturers.

Alister Heath

The New York Times had a bad day yesterday.

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