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English Journalism

       “In England, Journalism, except in a few well-known instances, not having been carried to such excesses of brutality, is still a great factor, a really remarkable power. The tyranny that it proposes to exercise over people’s private lives seems to me quite extraordinary.
      “The fact is that the public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything except what is worth knowing.
       “Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesmen-like habits, supplies the demands. In centuries before ours, the public nailed the ears of journalists to the pump.
       “That was quite hideous.
       “In this century journalists have nailed their own ears to the keyhole.
       "That is much worse.”


Reading . . .

     “Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man and writing- an exact man; and, therefore, if a man write little, he had ' need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have present wit; and if he read little, he had need have much cunning to seem to know what he doth not.”

Francis Bacon

Book Review: A Striking Coincidence

 Although written by a man who lived too early to have studied Marx (and who, in addition, stated, he was no economist, and merely wished to learn from the public men of his day) the following analysis of the causes of the misery following upon the close of the Napoleonic wars is as applicable in its main points to-day as when written over a hundred years ago.

The Age of Gold

                                What is here ?
    Cold ? Yellow, glittering, precious, gold ?
    Thus much of this will make black, white ; foul, fair ;
    Wrong, right; base, noble ; old, young ; coward valiant.
    What, this, you gods? Why, this
    Will lug your priests and servants from your sides,
    Pluck stout men’s pillows from below their heads.
    'I'his yellow slave
    Will knit and break religions; bless the accurs’d ;
    Make the hoar leprosy ador'd ; place thieves,
    And give them title, knee, and approbation,
    With Senators on the bench : this is it,

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