Economics

Universal innate desire

"All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income."
-- Samuel Butler

Marx: 'social existence determines consciousness'

"It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but on the contrary, their social existence determines their consciousness."

-- Karl Marx, Critique of Political Economy, 1859

This crippling of individuals...

"This crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation for his future. I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals."

-- Albert Einstein

The sole possible economic order...

"We stand for the maintenance of private property.... We shall protect free enterprise as the most expedient, or rather the sole possible economic order."

-- Adolf Hitler

Meaning vs Economic Security

"This focus on money and power may do wonders in the marketplace, but it creates a tremendous crisis in our society. People who have spent all day learning how to sell themselves and to manipulate others are in no position to form lasting friendships or intimate relationships... Many Americans hunger for a different kind of society -- one based on principles of caring, ethical and spiritual sensitivity, and communal solidarity. Their need for meaning is just as intense as their need for economic security."

-- Michael Lerner, American rabbi, political activist, and editor of Tikkun, a progressive Jewish and interfaith magazine based in Berkeley, California
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