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August Strindberg: What is economics? A science invented by the upper class in order to acquire the fruits of the labor …

What is economics? A science invented by the upper class in order to acquire the fruits of the labor of the underclass

Paul Sweezy: The legitimate purpose of abstraction in social science is never to get away from the real world but …

The legitimate purpose of abstraction in social science is never to get away from the real world but rather to isolate certain aspects of the real world for intensive investigation. When, therefore, we say that we are operating at a high level or abstraction, we mean that we are dealing with a relatively small number Read more…

I.F. Stone: If you expect to see the final results of your work, you simply have not asked a big enough question…

If you expect to see the final results of your work, you simply have not asked a big enough question

Gloria Steinem: However sugarcoated and ambiguous, every form of authoritarianism must start with a belief in some gr…

However sugarcoated and ambiguous, every form of authoritarianism must start with a belief in some group’s greater right to power, whether that right is justified by sex, race, class, religion, or all four. However far it may expand, the progression inevitably rests on unequal power and airtight roles within the family.

Elisabeth Cady Stanton: I am weary seeing our laboring classes so wretchedly housed, fed, and clothed, while thousands of dol…

I am weary seeing our laboring classes so wretchedly housed, fed, and clothed, while thousands of dollars are wasted every year over unsightly statues. If these great man must have outdoor memorials, let them be in the form of handsome blocks of buildings for the poor

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Seeing that the religious superstitions of women perpetuate their bondage more than all other adverse…

Seeing that the religious superstitions of women perpetuate their bondage more than all other adverse influences, I feel impelled to reiterate my demands for justice, liberty, and equality in the Church as well as the State

St. Augustine: Woe betide that man of power who takes the side of those who have no power…

Woe betide that man of power who takes the side of those who have no power

Henry Spira: For most of my life, I’ve been active in human rights campaigns, including the movements for trade un…

For most of my life, I’ve been active in human rights campaigns, including the movements for trade union democracy and for civil rights. Animal rights, for me, was nothing more than a logical extension of these concerns… It would seem to me that a rational leftist would recognize that the ultimate in exploitation and domination Read more…

Spinoza: In a free state every man can think what he wants and say what he thinks. …

In a free state every man can think what he wants and say what he thinks.

Lya Sorano: When we talk about equal pay for equal work, women in the workplace arebeginning to catch up. If we k…

When we talk about equal pay for equal work, women in the workplace are beginning to catch up. If we keep going at this current rate, we will achieve full equality in about 475 years. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait that long

Robert Solo: Few markets can ever have been as competitive as those that flourished in Britain in the first half o…

Few markets can ever have been as competitive as those that flourished in Britain in the first half of the nineteenth century, when infants became deformed as they toiled their way to an early death in the pits and mills of the Black Country. And there is no lack of examples today to confirm the Read more…

Normon Solomon: When the mass media in some foreign countries serve as megaphones for the rhetoric of their governmen…

When the mass media in some foreign countries serve as megaphones for the rhetoric of their government, the result is ludicrous propaganda. When the mass media in our country serve as megaphones for the rhetoric of the U.S. government, the result is responsible journalism

Adam Smith: Nobody but a beggar chooses to depend chiefly upon the benevolence of his fellow citizens. supporting…

Nobody but a beggar chooses to depend chiefly upon the benevolence of his fellow citizens. supporting markets in the mainstream and on the left as well

Adam Smith: It is only under the shelter of the civil magistrate that the owner of valuable property…can sleep …

It is only under the shelter of the civil magistrate that the owner of valuable property…can sleep a single night in security

Adam Smith: The understandings of the greater part of men are necessarily formed by their ordinary employments …..

The understandings of the greater part of men are necessarily formed by their ordinary employments … the man whose life is spent in performing a few simple operations, of which the effects too are, perhaps, always the same, or very nearly the same, has no occasion to exert his understanding … and generally becomes as Read more…

Adam Smith: People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation…

People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices

Adam Smith: It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, b…

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity, but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages

George Bernard shaw: He who confuses political liberty with freedom and political equality with similarity has never thoug…

He who confuses political liberty with freedom and political equality with similarity has never thought for five minutes about either

Upton Sinclair: It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understandi…

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it

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Holly Sklar: Bush’s press secretary told reporters after a 1984 debate with his then vice presidential opponent: Y…

Bush’s press secretary told reporters after a 1984 debate with his then vice presidential opponent: You can say anything you want in a debate, and 80 million people hear it. If reporters then document that a candidate spoke untruthfully, so what? Maybe 200 people read it, or 2,000, or 20,000

Adam Smith: The government of an exclusive company of merchants is, perhaps, the worst of all governments for any…

The government of an exclusive company of merchants is, perhaps, the worst of all governments for any country whatsoever

George Bernard shaw: The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That i…

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That is the essence of inhumanity

George Bernard shaw: The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the …

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man

William Shakespeare: I were better to be eaten to death with rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion…

I were better to be eaten to death with rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion

George Bernard shaw: Security, the chief pretense of civilization, cannot exist where the worst of dangers, the danger of …

Security, the chief pretense of civilization, cannot exist where the worst of dangers, the danger of poverty, hangs over everyone’s head

George Bernard shaw: Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it…

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it

George Bernard shaw: This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. I…

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privelege to do for it whatever I can. Life is no brief candle Read more…

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Juliet Schor: One of the great ironies of our present situation is that overwork for the majority has been accompan…

One of the great ironies of our present situation is that overwork for the majority has been accompanied by the growth of enforced idleness for the minority. The proportion of the labor force who cannot work as many hours as they would like has more than doubled in the last twenty years. Just as surely Read more…

Chinese Saying: To know and not to do is not to know…

To know and not to do is not to know

Arthur Schopenhauer: All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally, it…

All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident

John Ralson Saul: If economists were doctors, they would today be mired in malpractice suits…

If economists were doctors, they would today be mired in malpractice suits

Mario Savio: There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that …

There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even tacitly take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon all the apparatus and you’ve got to make it stop. And Read more…

John Ralston saul: Our civilization is locked in the grip of an ideology – corporatism. An ideology that denies and unde…

Our civilization is locked in the grip of an ideology – corporatism. An ideology that denies and undermines the legitimacy of individuals as the citizen in a democracy. The particular imbalance of this ideology leads to a worship of self-interest and a denial of the public good. The practical effects on the individual are passivity Read more…

John Ralson Saul: The citizen’s job is to be rude–to pierce the comfort of professional intercourse by boorish express…

The citizen’s job is to be rude–to pierce the comfort of professional intercourse by boorish expressions of doubt

Edward Sapir: What fetters the mind and benumbs the spirit is ever the dogged acceptance of absolutes…

What fetters the mind and benumbs the spirit is ever the dogged acceptance of absolutes

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Edward Said: American politics are deeply contradictory of course, but anti-intellectualism . . . is the common st…

American politics are deeply contradictory of course, but anti-intellectualism . . . is the common strain. This includes a deep suspicion of anything that isn’t simple, fundamental, traditional, down-to-earth and American in the ideological sense, and can be exploited easily by demagogues and cynical politicians of the right. The key word is freedom, which includes Read more…

George Santayana: My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned b…

My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image to be servants of their human interests

Bertrand Russell: What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires — desires of whi…

What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires — desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the Read more…

Theodore Roosevelt: No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediencey…

No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediencey

Kim Stanley robinson: Anyway that’s a large part of what economics is — people arbitrarily, or as a matter of taste, assig…

Anyway that’s a large part of what economics is — people arbitrarily, or as a matter of taste, assigning numerical values to non-numerical things. And then pretending that they haven’t just made the numbers up, which they have. Economics is like astrology in that sense, except that economics serves to justify the current power structure, Read more…

Lionel Robbins: the validity of a particular theory is a matter of its logical derivation from the general assumption…

the validity of a particular theory is a matter of its logical derivation from the general assumptions which it makes. But its applicability to a given situation depends upon the extent to which its concepts actually reflect the forces operating in that situation

Pat Robertson: The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women… It is about a socialist, anti-family polit…

The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women… It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become Lesbians

Yannis Ritsos: Mother, the sky* collapsedin the tears of the innocent…

Mother, the sky* collapsed in the tears of the innocent

Wendell Phillips: Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few. The manna…

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few. The manna of popular liberty must be gathered each day or it is rotten. … The hand entrusted with power becomes either form human depravity or esprit de corps, the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continued Read more…

Rev. Channing E. Phillips: In the good old puritan tradition we have taken the book of Genesis seriously and set out to subdue t…

In the good old puritan tradition we have taken the book of Genesis seriously and set out to subdue the Earth, and to have dominion over all things. And in two hundred years we have subdued it with asphalt, DDT and industrial waste. But some of our leaders seem to think that it is the Read more…

: The fruits of the toil of millions are boldly stolen to build up colossal fortunes for a few, unprece…

The fruits of the toil of millions are boldly stolen to build up colossal fortunes for a few, unprecedented in the history of mankind….We have witnessed for more than a quarter of a century the struggles of the two great political parties for power and plunder, while grievous wrongs have been inflicted upon the suffering Read more…

Ogden Nash: I think that I shall never seeA billboard lovely as a treeIndeed, unless the billboards fallI’ll neve…

I think that I shall never see A billboard lovely as a tree Indeed, unless the billboards fall I’ll never see a tree at all.

George Orwell: Totalitarianism demands, in fact, the continuous alteration of the past, and in the long run probably…

Totalitarianism demands, in fact, the continuous alteration of the past, and in the long run probably demands a disbelief in the very existence of objective truth. The friends of totalitarianism in this country usually tend to argue that since absolute truth is not attainable, a big lie is no worse than a little lie … Read more…

George Orwell: The only thing for which we can combine is the underlying ideal of Socialism; justice and liberty. Bu…

The only thing for which we can combine is the underlying ideal of Socialism; justice and liberty. But it is hardly strong enough to call this ideal underlying. It is almost completely forgotten. It has been buried beneath layer after layer of doctnaire priggishness, party squabbles and half-backed progressivism until it is like a diamond Read more…

George Orwell: Circus dogs jump when the trainer cracks the whip, but the really well-trained dog is the one that tu…

Circus dogs jump when the trainer cracks the whip, but the really well-trained dog is the one that turns somersaults when there is no whip

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