Re: ppi-selected quotations

1998-06-09

Michael Eisenscher

Richard,

I enjoyed the potpourri of quotes, but at least one more might be added.
This bit of graffiti was posted to a bathroom stall in a gas station in the
middle of nowhere on I-80 in Nebraska:

"If shit had value, the working class would be born without ass holes."
                                Anonymous.

But here are a few more -- 


 "I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves
     me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country.  ...
     corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption
     in high places will follow, and the money power of the country
     will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices
     of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands
     and the Republic is destroyed."

     -- U.S. President Abraham Lincoln,  
     Nov. 21, 1864 (letter to Col. William F. Elkins)
     Ref: "The Lincoln Encyclopedia", 
     Archer H. Shaw (Macmillan, 1950, NY)

"The end of democracy, and the defeat of the American Revolution will
occur when government falls into the hands of the lending institutions
and moneyed incorporations."
                Thomas Jefferson (source unavailable)

 "We are not merely an economy, but also a culture."
 "It has never been economics alone that defines America. If we 
 choose, as a culture, to push back against the economic forces
  that would otherwise divide us, it is within our power to do so."
                                -- Robert Reich --
                                Resignation address

"[There is a] growing assertion that globalization and technological change
make 
inevitable low wages and inequalities....The counter argument that has not
gained much popular support is that inequalities result from human agency; 
they are not the inevitable consequence of 'progress.'"
                        S.M. Miller and Charles Collins
                        "Growing Economic Fairness"
                        Social Policy, Summer 1996

"Whenever you are in doubt...apply the first test. Recall the face of the
poorest and the weakest
man whom you may have seen, and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is
going to be any use
to him. Will he gain anything from it? Will it restore him to a control over
his own life and destiny?
True development puts first those that society puts last". - Mahatma Gandhi 

"Class analysis is knowing which side of the fence you're on; class
consciousness is knowing who is there with you."
                        ----from a poster, source unknown




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