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". . . to nail reality to the wall."
The purpose of Caveat Lector
has always been subversive -- not only of the forces of political
and social reaction that continue to make headway in our time, but
also of the palliatives and misguided policies, slogans and shib-boleths
of the liberals, who often seem just as misguided, staggering toward
the edge of a precipice just opposite that of their equally wrong-headed
fellows to the right.
So maybe it is time to lay out our
purposes, as we see them, more clearly, our positions on social and
cultural and political reality unambiguously, so neither our friends
nor our critics will mistake us.
Caveat Lector, like everything
in this world of ours, is a perpetual work in progress, subject to
change-even of direction, sometimes to the point of subverting its
own most cherished goals. Such is the price of the free imagination.
Our own aims have long been both critical and creative; where critical,
to critique and where necessary help undermine three cornerstones
of contemporary American life:
1. Our culture of unreflecting individualism (which in recent publications
has been called "the new conformism"), an individualism that in more
candid cultures than ours is usually called selfishness, and that
has devolved into a sometimes virulent narcissism that undercuts a
sense of social and cul-tural responsibility by consistently rewarding