Money is not real. It is a conscious agreement on measuring value.

John Ralston Saul on agreement

Unregulated competition is a naive metaphor for anarchy.

John Ralston Saul on anarchy

Freedom - an occupied space which must be reoccupied every day.

John Ralston Saul on freedom

Anglo Saxons: To blame for everything.

John Ralston Saul on anglo

Dictionary - opinion expressed as truth in alphabetical order.

John Ralston Saul on dictionary

Everyone has an equal right to inequality.

John Ralston Saul on equal

Bankers - pillars of society who are going to hell if there is a God and He has been accurately quoted.

John Ralston Saul on accurately

Nothing is absolute, with the debatable exceptions of this statement and death.

John Ralston Saul on absolute

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.

John Ralston Saul on allowed

Armaments; extremely useful for fighting wars, a deadweight in any civil economy.

John Ralston Saul on armaments

Only when God was said to have died did various leaders, professions and sectors risk pushing themselves forward as successors.

John Ralston Saul on died

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.

John Ralston Saul on age

About John Ralston Saul

Name John Ralston Saul
Quotes 22 quotations
Nationality Canadian
Profession Author
Birthday October 16
About John Ralston Saul is a Canadian author, essayist, and President of International PEN.
Top topics social, citizen, system, democracy, died

Humanism: an exaltation of freedom, but one limited by our need to exercise it as an integral part of nature and society.

John Ralston Saul on exaltation

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.

John Ralston Saul on corporatism

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.

John Ralston Saul on conservatism

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.

John Ralston Saul on individuality

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.

John Ralston Saul on history

The citizen's job is to be rude - to pierce the comfort of professional intercourse by boorish expressions of doubt.

John Ralston Saul on citizen

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.

John Ralston Saul on balance

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.

John Ralston Saul on born

Whenever governments adopt a moral tone - as opposed to an ethical one - you know something is wrong.

John Ralston Saul on ethics

A Big Mac - the communion wafer of consumption.

John Ralston Saul on big