The Drama of Reason
Chapter 5: Ezra Pound and Diagnosis
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Ezra Pound and Diagnosis
In 2009 Hill said in interview
Until very recently I thought that I had invented the term plutocratic anarchy, but it appears to have originated with William Morris. A few days ago I happened upon the text of a lecture delivered at University College, Oxford in 1883 (‘John Ruskin in the Chair’). Morris’s term, to be precise, is ‘anarchical Plutocracy’. Anarchical Plutocracy destroys memory and dissipates attention; it is the enemy of everything that is summoned before us in Bishop Butler’s great pronouncement of 1729; ‘Everything is what it is, and not another thing’.1
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