‘The metropolis infuses us with survival skills. Primary among these skills is an ability to tell faces from masks, truths from lies, realities from appearances: an essential skill in a system where everyone is always trying to deceive everyone else. Essential, too, is a highly developed sensibility, a capacity for deep feeling—which we must know how to manipulate, to turn on and off at will, in order to bend others to our purposes’ (Marshall Berman, The Politics of Authenticity, p. 323).

His last words in the book:  ‘Whoever you are, or want to be, you may not be interested in politics, but politics is interested in you.’

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