The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the action of the cells of the economic body - the producers and consumers themselves.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Freedom is the by-product of economic surplus.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Women know what men have long forgotten. The ultimate economic and spiritual unit of any civilization is still the family.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege, a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Concentration is the key to economic results. No other principles of effectiveness is violated as constantly today as the basic principle of concentration.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I have no concern with any economic criticisms of the communist system; I cannot inquire into whether the abolition of private property is expedient or advantageous. But I am able to recognize that the psychological premisses on which the system is based are an untenable illusion. In abolishing private property we deprive the human love of aggression of one of its instruments... but we have in no way altered the differences in power and influence which are misused by aggressiveness.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Few can believe that suffering, especially by others, is in vain. Anything that is disagreeable must surely have beneficial economic effects.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The labor of women in the house, certainly, enables men to produce more wealth than they otherwise could; and in this way women are economic factors in society. But so are horses.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is much of economic theory which is pursued for no better reason than its intellectual attraction; it is a good game. We have no reason to be ashamed of that, since the same would hold for many branches of mathematics.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There are only two problems in my life. The political ones are insoluble and the economic ones are incomprehensible.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When the Irishman is found outside of Ireland in another environment, he very often becomes a respected man. The economic and intellectual conditions that prevail in his own country do not permit the development of individuality. No one who has any self-respect stays in Ireland, but flees afar as though from a country that has undergone the visitation of an angered Jove.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In a society of little economic development, universal inactivity accompanies universal poverty. You survive not by struggling against nature, or by increasing production, or by relentless labor; instead you survive by expending as little energy as possible, by striving constantly to achieve a state of immobility.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and the arena of the heart and the head will be occupied or reoccupied, by our real problems -- the problems of life and of human relations, of creation and behavior and religion.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is amusing to discover, in the twentieth century, that the quarrels between two lovers, two mathematicians, two nations, two economic systems, usually assumed insoluble in a finite period should exhibit one mechanism, the semantic mechanism of identification -- the discovery of which makes universal agreement possible, in mathematics and in life.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Anyone who says that economic security is a human right, has been to much babied. While he babbles, other men are risking and losing their lives to protect him. They are fighting the sea, fighting the land, fighting disease and insects and weather and space and time, for him, while he chatters that all men have a right to security and that some pagan god -- Society, The State, The Government, The Commune -- must give it to them. Let the fighting men stop fighting this inhuman earth for one hour, and he will learn how much security there is.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
With a new familiarity and a flesh-creeping homeliness entirely of this unreal, materialistic world, where all sentiment is coarsely manufactured and advertised in colossal sickly captions, disguised for the sweet tooth of a monstrous baby called the Public, the family as it is, broken up on all hands by the agency of feminist and economic propaganda, reconstitutes itself in the image of the state.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Freedom of enterprise was from the beginning not altogether a blessing. As the liberty to work or to starve, it spelled toil, insecurity, and fear for the vast majority of the population. If the individual were no longer compelled to prove himself on the market, as a free economic subject, the disappearance of this freedom would be one of the greatest achievements of civilization.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Prostitution, when unmotivated by economic need, might well be defined as a species of psychological addiction, built on self-hatred through repetitions of the act of sale by which a whore is defined.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Five daily newspapers arrive in my California driveway. The New York times and the Wall Street Journal are supplemented by three local papers. As for magazines, I read, or at least skim, Business Week, Forbes, The Economist, INC; Industry Week, Fortune. Other subscriptions include Sales and Marketing Management, Modern Health Care, Progressive Grocer, High Tech Business, and Slaon Management Review from MIT. I religiously read Business Tokyo, Asia Week, and Far Eastern Economic Review. I glance at Newsweek and Time ... but I devour the New Republic, Policy Review, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Monthly, and Public Interest. How about books? A dozen or more each month.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The reality is that zero defects in products plus zero pollution plus zero risk on the job is equivalent to maximum growth of government plus zero economic growth plus runaway inflation.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
But while they prate of economic laws, men and women are starving. We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression--everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way--everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want--which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants--everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear--which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression gainst any neighbor--anywhere in the world.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Profit is the ignition system of our economic engine.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In our consumer confidence surveys, we ask people whether they think government economic policy is good, fair, or poor. Increasingly, the answer we get is just plain laughter.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Daily life is governed by an economic system in which the production and consumption of insults tends to balance out.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What a country calls its vital economic interests are not the things which enable its citizens to live, but the things which enable it to make war. Petrol is more likely than wheat to be a cause of international conflict.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Weapons are an important factor in war, but not the decisive factor; it is people, not things, that are decisive. The contest of strength is not only a contest of military and economic power, but also a contest of human power and morale. Military and economic power is necessarily wielded by people.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Tyler Durden: It's getting exciting now, 2 and 1/2. Think of everything we've accomplished, man. Out these windows, we will view the collapse of financial history. One step closer to economic equilibrium.More [09/09/2005 12:09:00]
Lt. Kesslar H. Erikson: All we have to look out for is the National Religious Party. I say we continue the experimentation under strict supervision. The National Religious Party say that people are worried about cloning. What People? You tell the people what to think and the people do. It's nothing more than a political maneuver to better their economic position. It boils down to power.More [10/19/2005 12:10:00]
Our state's honey industry has suffered on several fronts in recent years, ... In addition to the destruction of honeybee colonies caused by mites and hurricanes, the flood of cheap imported honey has pushed our state's honey producers and packers to the brink of economic disaster.More [04/17/2006 12:04:00]
Today, the media dictatorship is becoming a substitute to military dictatorship. The big economic groups are using the media and decide who can speak, who the good guy is and who the bad guy is ... Anti-USMore [04/25/2006 12:04:00]
I felt really strongly, as a New Yorker, that the city bonded in a way that transcended race and sex and economic status. We had an opportunity that the president just completely blew. Now we've gone so far in the other direction in terms of war and danger.More [05/22/2006 12:05:00]
“Most market analysts are holding on to their economic or corporate projections while adopting a wait-and-see attitude to assess if oil prices will remain at current high levels.”More [08/08/2006 12:08:00]
“That's the thing about Mother Nature, she really doesn't care what economic bracket you're in.”More [10/16/2006 12:10:00]
What was the reason for invading Iraq' Was it a humanitarian crusade or an economic one' I would be inclined to say the latter. It was the same with the Civil War, because the landed gentry's money was being stolen by the king.More [10/30/2006 12:10:00]
Religion has become so many different things. Religion is an economic thing for some people. Religion is a gun.More [11/15/2006 12:11:00]
Gordon Gekko: [at the Teldar Paper stockholder's meeting] Well, I appreciate the opportunity you're giving me Mr. Cromwell as the single largest shareholder in Teldar Paper, to speak. Well, ladies and gentlemen we're not here to indulge in fantasy but in political and economic reality. America, America has become a second-rate power. Its trade deficit and its fiscal deficit are at nightmare proportions. Now, in the days of the free market when our country was a top industrial power, there was accountability to the stockholder. The Carnegies, the Mellons, the men that built this great industrial empire, made sure of it because it was their money at stake. Today, management has no stake in the company! All together, these men sitting up here own less than three percent of the company. And where does Mr. Cromwell put his million-dollar salary? Not in Teldar stock; he owns less than one percent. You own the company. That's right, you, the stockholder. And you are all being royally screwed over by these, these bureaucrats, with their luncheons, their hunting and fishing trips, their corporate jets and golden parachutes.
Cromwell: This is an outrage! You're out of line Gekko!
Gordon Gekko: Teldar Paper, Mr. Cromwell, Teldar Paper has 33 different vice presidents each earning over 200 thousand dollars a year. Now, I have spent the last two months analyzing what all these guys do, and I still can't figure it out. One thing I do know is that our paper company lost 110 million dollars last year, and I'll bet that half of that was spent in all the paperwork going back and forth between all these vice presidents. The new law of evolution in corporate America seems to be survival of the unfittest. Well, in my book you either do it right or you get eliminated. In the last seven deals that I've been involved with, there were 2.5 million stockholders who have made a pretax profit of 12 billion dollars. Thank you. I am not a destroyer of companies. I am a liberator of them! The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. Thank you very much.More [05/16/2007 12:05:00]
We must begin by acknowledging that there is a complete absence of two things in Indian Society. One of these is equality. On the social plane we have an India based on the principles of graded inequality, which means elevation for some and degradation for others. On the economic plane we have a society in which there are some who have immense wealth as against many who live in abject poverty.More [07/04/2007 12:07:00]
Though details of the book are specific to Connecticut, … what happens on the playground with the mothers (their social competition) is sort of universal. … The irony is that even the women who seem to be the most together are feeling the same sort of insecurity. I think that there’s anxiety felt by women who gave up careers in the city and wonder about the choice, and do that ‘The grass is greener’ thing. There’s this pervasive attitude in America that if you have money nothing can go wrong, which isn’t true … often, economic security in fact is illusory.More [07/23/2007 12:07:00]
“To be forced to stake our economic future on accounting maneuvers and inflated growth estimates is a stunning reversal from the economic situation you inherited just seven short months ago,”More [08/06/2007 12:08:00]
“Classic economic theory, based as it is on an inadequate theory of human motivation, could be revolutionized by accepting the reality of higher human needs, including the impulse to self actualization and the love for the highest values.”More [08/08/2007 12:08:00]
“What conditions of work, what kinds of work, what kinds of management, and what kinds of reward or pay will help human stature to grow healthy, to its fuller and fullest stature ? Classic economic theory, based as it is on an inadequate theory of hum”More [08/08/2007 12:08:00]
The Bahamas is headed for unprecedented economic activity.More [12/11/2007 12:12:00]
Removing the policy accommodation puts us in the strongest possible position to react as evolving economic conditions require.More [12/11/2007 12:12:00]
The answer to how much higher the federal funds rate needs to go depends on how economic conditions unfoldMore [12/11/2007 12:12:00]
James Bond: You'll kill 60,000 people uselessly.
Auric Goldfinger: Hah. American motorists kill that many every two years.
James Bond: Yes, well, I've worked out a few statistics of my own. 15 billion dollars in gold bullion weighs 10,500 tons. Sixty men would take twelve days to load it onto 200 trucks. Now, at the most, you're going to have two hours before the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines move in and make you put it back.
Auric Goldfinger: Who mentioned anything about removing it?
[Bond is stunned into silence]
Auric Goldfinger: The julep tart enough for you?
James Bond: You plan to break into the world's largest bank, but not to steal anything. Why?
Auric Goldfinger: Go on, Mr. Bond.
James Bond: [thinking] Mr. Ling, the Red Chinese at the factory, he's a specialist in nuclear fission... but of course! His government's given you a bomb.
Auric Goldfinger: I prefer to call it an "atomic device." It's small, but particularly dirty.
James Bond: Cobalt and iodine?
Auric Goldfinger: Precisely.
James Bond: Well, if you explode it in Fort Knox, the... the entire gold supply of the United States would be radioactive for... fifty-seven years.
Auric Goldfinger: Fifty-eight, to be exact.
James Bond: I apologize, Goldfinger. It's an inspired deal! They get what they want, economic chaos in the West. And the value of your gold increases many times.
Auric Goldfinger: I conservatively estimate, ten times.
James Bond: Brilliant.More [12/28/2007 12:12:00]
Socialism is nothing more nor less than the social, political and ideological system which breaks the fetters upon economic growth created under capitalism and opens the way to a new period of economic and social expansion on a much larger scale.More [01/04/2008 12:01:00]
I'm for economic independence.More [01/20/2008 12:01:00]
Railroads are the primary economic beneficiaries. It's a difficult project for the public sector.More [01/28/2008 12:01:00]
But the good news is that out in the countryside, just about every place that's got a zip code has somebody or some group of people battling the economic and political exclusion that Wall Street and Washington are shoving down our throats.More [02/05/2008 12:02:00]
In the garment trades, on the other hand, the presence of a body of the disfranchised, of the weak and young, undoubtedly contributes to the economic weakness of these trades.More [02/10/2008 12:02:00]
Each man has an equal social right to multiply his power of motion by all the social factors of civilization. Private property in any of these factors is inconsistent with this fundamental right; it must, obviously, prove a source of economic despotism and industrial slavery.More [02/25/2008 12:02:00]
Make no mistake: The organization of the working class must be both economic and political. The capitalist is organized upon both lines. You must attack him on both.More [02/25/2008 12:02:00]
Actually I find the economic perspective the most interesting, because it attacks economics on its own grounds.More [03/10/2008 12:03:00]
Capitalism is not about free competitive choices among people who are reasonably equal in their buying and selling of economic power, it is about concentrating capital, concentrating economic power in very few hands using that power to trash everyone who gets in their way.More [03/10/2008 12:03:00]
Dakin: What happened with Hector? On the bike?
Scripps: As per. Except I managed to get my bag down. I think he thought he'd got me going. In fact it was my Tudor Economic Documents, Volume 2.More [03/16/2008 12:03:00]
[as Irwin prepares to get on Hector's bike]
Dakin: Do you want my Tudor Economic Documents?More [03/16/2008 12:03:00]
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