His reasons, however, for choosing Zarathustra of all others to be his mouthpiece, he gives us in the following words:-- "People have never asked me, as they should have done, what the name Zarathustra precisely means in my mouth, in the mouth of the first Immoralist
; for what distinguishes that philosopher from all others in the past is the very fact that he was exactly the reverse of an immoralist
Those who like may peep down under waves that are pretty transparent and see it writhing and twirling, diabolically hideous and slimy, flapping amongst bones, or curling round corpses; but above the waterline, I ask, has not everything been proper, agreeable, and decorous, and has any the most squeamish immoralist
in Vanity Fair a right to cry fie?
than any other spot on earth." Contrary to the stereotype, he contended, Hollywood was not full of feckless immoralists
and Communists but of normal, reputable, largely churchgoing people who were defending America in one of the crucial battle zones of "the ideological struggle that is going on on the [movie] screens of the world." He contended that the American film industry was "operating in the best manner of free enterprise," without ever having sought government aid or subsidies "of any kind."
The ease with which businessmen of whatever precinct may be caricatured as immoralists
shows that soft America is perhaps not as soft as Barone thought.
However, it is significant that they are not freed from all personal responsibility, but are held accountable for the moral consequences that ensue: they may not be sexual sinners, but they are undeniably immoralists
Richard Posner has given a clear statement of ethical/political subjectivism: "It was right to try the Nazi leaders [at Nuremberg] rather than to shoot them out of hand in a paroxysm of disgust....But it was not right because a trial could produce proof that the Nazis really were immoralists
; they were, but according to our lights, not theirs." (15) What does "according to our lights, not theirs" come to?
you follow in the footsteps of the new immoralists
who twist their words until they themselves do not hear them; who christen a flood of words a product of genius because it is devoid of ideas or contains only distorted ideas."
In the novella, all the controversial characters including Yvette and her mother are immoralists
in that they purse a different life and value system out of conventional everyday life: "Their mother, of course, had belonged to a higher, if more dangerous and 'immoral' world" (28).
The oratorio opens with a crowd of skeptics, cynics, immoralists
, and journalists on a ladder pointing to the heaven they are striving to reach.
such as Thrasymachus, Mozart's Don Giovanni, and--to take a more recent example--Enron's former CEO Jeffrey Skilling, leading vicious lives cannot but produce the lack of mental tranquility so cherished by Socratics, skeptics, and Stoics.
The Church has at all times desired the destruction of its enemies: we immoralists
and anti-Christians, see that it is to our advantage that the Church exist.
These tweedy immoralists
urge us to relax our square-john commitment to the rule of law and embrace strong executive action.