Money is not real. It is a conscious agreement on measuring value.
Unregulated competition is a naive metaphor for anarchy.
Freedom - an occupied space which must be reoccupied every day.
Anglo Saxons: To blame for everything.
Dictionary - opinion expressed as truth in alphabetical order.
Everyone has an equal right to inequality.
Bankers - pillars of society who are going to hell if there is a God and He has been accurately quoted.
Nothing is absolute, with the debatable exceptions of this statement and death.
If allowed to run free of the social system, capitalism will attempt to corrupt and undermine democracy, which is after all not a natural state.
Armaments; extremely useful for fighting wars, a deadweight in any civil economy.
Only when God was said to have died did various leaders, professions and sectors risk pushing themselves forward as successors.
Either God is alive, in which case he'll deal with us as he sees fit.
Or he is dead, in which case he was never alive, it being unlikely that he died of old age.
Humanism: an exaltation of freedom, but one limited by our need to exercise it as an integral part of nature and society.
Now listen to the first three aims of the corporatist movement in Germany, Italy and France during the 1920s. These were developed by the people who went on to become part of the Fascist experience: (1) shift power directly to economic and social interest groups; (2) push entrepreneurial initiative in areas normally reserved for public bodies; (3) obliterate the boundaries between public and private interest -- that is, challenge the idea of the public interest. This sounds like the official program of most contemporary Western governments.
The neo-conservatives, who are closely linked to the neo-corportists, are rather different. They claim to be conservatives, when everything they stand for is a rejection of conservatism. They claim to present an alternate social model, when they are little more than the courtiers of the corporatist movement. Their agitation is filled with the bitterness and cynicism typical of courtiers who scramble for crumbs at the banquet tables of real power, but are always denied a proper chair.
The most powerful force possessed by the individual citizen is her own government. ... Government is the only organized mechanism that makes possible that level of shared disinterest known as the public good.
Not only is the Napoleonic dream stronger today in our imaginations than it has ever been, but one can already feel the slow falling away of moral opprobrium from our memory of Hitler. In another fifty years we may well find ourselves weighed down by a second monstrous dream of pure grandeur to match that of the Emperor. Two men who dared. Two men who were adored. Two men who led with brilliance. Two men who administered fairly and efficiently. Two men who were modest in their own needs but surrounded by lesser beings who profited from their situation and came between the Hero and the people.
The citizen's job is to be rude - to pierce the comfort of professional intercourse by boorish expressions of doubt.
Democracy is the only system capable of reflecting the humanist premise of equilibrium or balance. The key to its secret is the involvement of the citizen.
Marx was fortunate to have been born eighty years before Walt Disney.
Disney also promised a child's paradise and unlike Marx, delivered on his promise.
Whenever governments adopt a moral tone - as opposed to an ethical one - you know something is wrong.
A Big Mac - the communion wafer of consumption.