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The Music of Soviet Russia

It is entirely conceivable that Soviet Russia produced the most patriotic, soul-stirring anthems and hymns of any nation in the history of the world.

“Music, as everyone experiences, provides an unquestionable justification and a fulfilling pleasure for the activities it accompanies: the soldier who hears the marching band is enthralled and measured; the religious man is exalted in his prayer by the sound of the organ in church; and the lover is carried away and his conscience stilled by the romantic guitar.”

Allan Bloom

Quotes from The Closing of the American Mind

Introduction: Our Virtue 

“The students’ backgrounds are as various as American can provide. Some are religious, some atheist; some are to the Left, some to the Right; some intend to be scientists, some humanists or professionals or businessmen; some are poor, some rich. 2,068 more words

America

musings on tradition, culture and whether they matter

Why is intellectualism valued so much more highly in European culture? I’m thinking particularly of French culture, in which characters in novels and films are consistently intellectual types, something rare in American movies where we prefer to glamorize the corporate businessman or the working class. 1,715 more words

Literature

A REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST [1987]

THE CLOSING OF THE AMERICAN MIND
By
Allan Bloom

Has anything changed in education since the publication of this evocative and controversial book?

Subtitled: “How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students” 75 more words

Education And Learning

Prejudice and the love of truth

I once had a debate about education with a professor of psychology. He said that it was his function to get rid of prejudices in his students. 75 more words

Truth