Quotation by Lewis H. Lapham

Talk about the flag or drugs or crime (never about race or class or justice) and follow the yellow brick road to the wonderful land of "consensus." In place of honest argument among consenting adults the politicians substitute a lullaby for frightened children: the pretense that conflict doesn't really exist, that we have achieved the blessed state in which ... we no longer need politics.
Lewis H. Lapham (b. 1935), U.S. essayist, editor. "Democracy in America?" Harper's (New York, Nov. 1990).
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