> A few years ago there was a fine article in MR on Cicero, and on the
> politics of stoic and epicurean. Cicero was a first-class shithead, and
> stoicism continues to be a strong element in really reactionary thought
> and propaganda up to the present (especially in that sort of propaganda
> which is aimed at maintaining the morale and self-satisfaction of
> shitheads (including the propagandist him/herself). E.g., "I can feel
> your pain, because
> O I myself am in such pain, but pain is good for us."
Sounds like vintage Clinton.
Joseph Noonan jfn1 at msc.com