By vulgarity I mean that vice of civilization which makes man ashamed of himself and his next of kin, and pretend to be somebody else
Vulgarity is the rich man's modest contribution to democracy
As always, the British especially shudder at the latest American vulgarity, and then they embrace it with enthusiasm two years later.
Indecency, vulgarity, obscenity - these are strictly confined to man; he invented them. Among the higher animals there is no trace of them. They hide nothing. They are not ashamed.
Television is not vulgar because people are vulgar; it is vulgar because people are similar in their prurient interests and sharply differentiated in their civilized concerns.
Fashion is gentility running away from vulgarity and afraid of being overtaken
Serious up-cannoning on our part, for all its for all its intrinsic vulgarity and first-principle undesirability, may be the only way to prevent scalar inter-civilization conflicts...
Bacon, Locke, Descartes, Hume, and all the others knew they were giving rights to vulgarity. But in so doingin addition to caring for mans well-beingthey were providing rights for themselves.
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