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Blast from the past quote of the day

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Octavio Paz, 1914-1998 (1990 Nobel Prize in Literature)

Whatever is true is immune to the passage of time.  This quote from 1979 is as perceptive today as it was back then.

“Si existe un sector reaccionario en América Latina es el de los intelectuales de izquierda. Esta gente no tiene memoria. No he escuchado a ninguno de ellos admitir que se equivocó. El marxismo se ha convertido en un vicio intelectual, es la superstición del siglo.”
—Octavio Paz, quoted by Alan Riding, New York Times (May 3, 1979)

The true reactionaries in Latin America are leftist intellectuals. These people have no memory. I have never heard a single one of them admit that they've been wrong. Marxism has become an intellectual vice, the superstition of this century.

(This is a response to those in his own country --Mexico-- who labeled him a "reactionary", as in this 1984 quote taken from the Spanish newspaper El Pais:

"Es un gran escritor, pero lástima que sea tan reaccionario".  (He is such a great writer, but what a pity he is such a reactionary).

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