No nation ever had an army large enough to guarantee it against attack in time of peace, or ensure it of victory in time of war.
In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
I made 'Prozac Nation' necessary reading because I write necessarily. I tell my story because it is about everyone else: in 1993, people took pills to relieve the pain just like they do now, but it scared them; it doesn't any more, because talk is not cheap at all - it is tender.
We do not deride the fears of prospering white America. A nation of violence and private property has every reason to dread the violated and the deprived.
There is a broad cultural current that conveys the idea that a film is like a football team, it represents a nation, it is illustrated literature, filmed radio. These are outdated concepts, totally out of touch with today's realities.
A Democrat who had been JFK's Secretary of the Navy, Connally believed that as many as 20 million Democrats would cross over to vote for Nixon because George McGovern wasn't qualified to lead the nation, particularly because of his proposals for military cutbacks.
By 1929, 5 percent of the population received one-third of the nation's income. The structural weaknesses of this economy plunged the nation into the Great Depression.
Though every nation must do its part to address climate change, developed nations are responsible for the lion's share of carbon pollution in the atmosphere, and they have an obligation to help developing nations transition to a sustainable future.
Environmental concern is a phenomena that tends to rise in a nation after a certain level of wealth.
By the late Nineties, we had become a more visual nation. Big-money taste moved to global standards - new architecture, design and show-off contemporary art. The Sloane domestic aesthetic - symmetry, class symbolism and brown furniture - became as unfashionable as it had been hot in the early Eighties.
The British nation is unique in this respect. They are the only people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told the worst.
A budget should reflect the values and priorities of our nation and its people.
This nation is never finished. It has to be re-created in each generation.
Without publicity there can be no public support, and without public support every nation must decay.
The kind of national goal we ought to be thinking about is way beyond national product - it is how do we as a nation help our children be the best kinds of people they could possibly be?
Before Newfoundland joined Canada in 1949, there was the same sort of talk of young men sacrificing their lives so that a country might grow - that somehow it had been a great nation-building success for Newfoundland.
I'm proud that my sister has started #MeToo movement in India and the nation has supported her. Media has played a vast role in giving this movement the much needed push but it must not be derailed with false accusations.
Government has three primary functions. It should provide for military defense of the nation. It should enforce contracts between individuals. It should protect citizens from crimes against themselves or their property.
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