“I had the misfortune to be nourished by the dreams and visions of great Americans—the poets and seers. Some other breed of man has won out. This world which is in the making fills me with dread. I have seen it germinate; I can read it like a blue-print. It is not a world I want to live in. It is a world suited for monomaniacs obsessed with the idea of progress—a false progress, a progress which stinks. It is a world cluttered with useless objects which men and women, in order to be exploited and degraded, are taught to regard as useful. The dreamer whose dreams are non-utilitarian has no place in this world. Whatever does not lend itself to being bought and sold, whether in the realm of things, ideas, principles, dreams or hopes, is debarred. In this world the poet is anathema, the thinker a fool, the artist an escapist, the man of vision a criminal.”
“History does not happen to society: history is the self-deployment of society.”
DECEMBER 26 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS BOXING DAY. Ireland: DAY OF THE WREN. Masked revelers and musicians
go door-to-door asking for money. All-day feasting.
NATIONAL WHINER’S DAY. KWANZAA BEGINS.
ALSO ON DECEMBER 26 IN HISTORY…
1891 — Sex novelist Henry Miller born, New York, New York.
1893 — Chinese revolutionary Mao Zedong born, Shaoshan, Hunan Province.
1894 — Black American novelist Jean Toomer born, Washington, DC.
1997 — Revolutionary political theorist Cornelius Castoriadis dies, Paris.