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Camille Paglia

Columnist for Salon Magazine and others, Professor of Humanities at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, author of Sexual Personae (1991), Sex, Art and American Culture (1992), and other works

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Sex, Art, & American Culture (1992)
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Vamps & Tramps:New Essays (1994)
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Modern liberalism suffers unresolved contradictions. It exalts individualism and freedom and, on its radical wing, condemns social orders as oppressive. On the other hand, it expects government to provide materially for all, a feat manageable only by an expansion of authority and a swollen bureaucracy.

1992
'All things being equal... ' But things never are equal. The traumas of the Sixties persuaded that my generation's egalitarianism was a sentimental error. ... After endless quarrels with authority, prankish disruptiveness, and impatience with management and procedure, I now see the hierarchical as both beautiful and necessary. Efficiency liberates; egalitarianism tangles, delays, blocks, deadens. ... In history the human drive is toward monarchy. Western culture has produced the best system yet for organizing and taming those king-seeking energies: representative democracy, part of our pagan heritage.

1992 - from Sex, Art, and American Culture, Random House Vintage Books
Male-bashing became the instant drug of choice for the revived women's movement, a self-crippling addiction from which feminists are just waking up.

Dec. 23, 1998 - "Ask Camille"
Capitalism, whatever its problems, remains the most efficient mechanism yet devised to bring the highest quality of life to the greatest number. Because I have studied the past, I know that, in America and under capitalism, I am the freest woman in history.

Capitalism is an art form, an Apollonian fabrication to rival nature. It is hypocritical for feminists and intellectuals to enjoy the pleasures and conveniences of capitalism while sneering at it. ... Everyone born into capitalism has incurred a debt to it. Give Caesar his due.

I feel that capitalism has a very bad press with the pseudo-leftists who clog our best college campuses and that in point of fact capitalism has produced modern individualism and feminism. Modern capitalism has allowed the birth of the independent woman who is no longer economically dependent on her husband. I despise the sneering that our liberal humanists do about capitalism even while they enjoy all of its pleasures and conveniences.

Aug. 01, 1995 - from an interview published in Reason Magazine
Minerva save us from the cloying syrup of coercive compassion!

Education has become a political battlefield in the past 30 years. The public schools have been turned into experimental laboratories for utopian social engineering by arrogant upper-middle-class technocrats... Swollen bureaucracies of overpaid administrators have usurped faculty authority and drained budgets at both the primary and secondary levels.

Dec. 02, 1998 - "Ask Camille"