Tony Judt Quotes.

1. "But precisely because history is not foreordained, we mere mortals must invent it as we go along—and in circumstances, as old Marx rightly pointed out, not entirely of our own making. We shall have to ask the perennial questions again, but be open to different answers."
- Tony Judt, Ill Fares The Land: A Treatise On Our Present Discontents

2. "Keynes died in 1946, exhausted by his wartime labors. But he had long since demonstrated that neither capitalism nor liberalism would survive very long without one another. And since the experience of the interwar years had clearly revealed the inability of capitalists to protect their own best interests, the liberal eral state would have to do it for them whether they liked it or not."
- Tony Judt, Ill Fares The Land: A Treatise On Our Present Discontents

3. "The implicit consensus of the postwar decades was now broken, and a new, decidedly unnatural consensus was beginning to emerge around the primacy of private interest."
- Tony Judt, Ill Fares The Land: A Treatise On Our Present Discontents

4. "If 1989 was about re-discovering liberty, what limits are we now willing to place upon it? Even in the most ‘freedom-loving’ societies, freedom comes with constraints. But if we accept some limitations—and we always do—why not others? Why"
- Tony Judt, Ill Fares The Land: A Treatise On Our Present Discontents

5. "Even in Sweden, where the Social Democrats’ grip on office remained as firm as ever, the relentless uniformity of even the best housing projects, social services or public health policies began to grate on a younger generation. Had more people known about the eugenicist practices of some Scandinavian governments in the postwar years, encouraging and even enforcing selective sterilization for the greater benefit of all, the sense of oppressive dependence upon a panoptic state might have been greater still."
- Tony Judt, Ill Fares The Land: A Treatise On Our Present Discontents

6. "otherwise—to deny distinctions of class or wealth or influence—is just a way to promote one set of interests above another."
- Tony Judt, Ill Fares The Land: A Treatise On Our Present Discontents

7. "Keynes’s warning on this matter: [i]t is not sufficient that the state of affairs which we seek to promote should be better than the state of affairs which preceded it; it must be sufficiently better to make up for the evils of the transition."
- Tony Judt, Ill Fares The Land: A Treatise On Our Present Discontents

8. "Take humiliation: what if we treated it as an economic cost, a charge to society? What if we decided to ‘quantify’ the harm done when people are shamed by their fellow citizens as a condition of receiving the mere necessities of life?"
- Tony Judt, Ill Fares The Land: A Treatise On Our Present Discontents

9. "Our problem is to work out a social organization which shall be as efficient as possible without offending our notions of a satisfactory way of life. —JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES"
- Tony Judt, Ill Fares The Land: A Treatise On Our Present Discontents

10. "A democracy of permanent consensus will not long remain a democracy."
- Tony Judt, Ill Fares The Land: A Treatise On Our Present Discontents

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