[LMB] My question about Hoffer

alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
Mon Jul 12 23:07:01 BST 2021

I read five or six of Hoffer's books many years ago, and I still have them 
packed away in a box. It's been long enough that I don't remember a great 
deal of them, other than he was closer to Libertarian than anything else, 
with a strong dose of American can-do.

Hoffer was an auto-didact, who worked as a longshoreman and read and wrote 
at night. He was a very bright man and a good prose stylist. His books --
all quite thin -- were condensed versions of his thoughts over a period 
of time. _The True Believer_, in which he looks at the nature of mass 
movements, is the most interesting.

I do like these quotes from him:

We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.

Our great weariness comes from work not done.


On Sun, 11 Jul 2021, Elizabeth Holden wrote:
> Walter chided me gently for asking a question about something that someone
> said, by saying:
>>  Search engines are your tool
> Which I know, and concede to be correct. But sometimes it's more
> interesting (and information) to ask a person why they said what they said,
> and what they meant by it, which may not be apparent at all by checking
> Wikipedia or a random Net article. Especially when the reason has to do
> with regional or national culture.
> Just saying. I am mildly unrepentant and will continue to question random
> subjects that look interesting.
> People always have the option of ignoring my questions if they don't want
> to answer.

Alayne McGregor
alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca

What we need is a tough new kind of feminism with no illusions. ... We
need a kind of feminism that aims not just to assimilate into the
institutions that men have created over the centuries, but to infiltrate
and subvert them. -- Barbara Ehrenreich

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