Thursday, March 18, 2010
ON WEALTH AND CORPORATE GREED
We have been inundated with increasing gobs of corporate greed and outright thievery in recent years. The most glaring evidence of this lies in the state of our economy today, brought down to a near-depression by piggish Wall Street parasites in the latter days of 2007. We also see abundant proof in the way insurance companies are spending many millions of television ad dollars to lie to and try to scare us in an effort to defeat health care reform. The very richest are getting richer by the minute, as all the rest of us fall further behind and are facing various degrees of hardship. I thought, for this post, I would sample different thoughts on corporate greed and wealth in general from a wide array of minds far greater than my own. Each in his or her own way provides us with valuable food for thought on these subjects, and on what type of people some of us truly are.
"Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies."
- Thomas Jefferson -
"The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure."
- BC Forbes -
"We have always known that heedless self interest was bad morals, we now know that it is bad economics."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt -
"The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold. "
- Kahlil Gibrán -
"If the firms that employ an increasing majority of the population are driven solely to satisfy the owner's greed at the expense of working conditions, of the stability of the community, and of the health of the environment, chances are that the quality of our lives will be worse than it is now."
- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi -
"These b**tards who run our country are a bunch of conniving, thieving, smug pricks who need to be brought down and removed and replaced with a whole new system that we control."
- Michael Moore -
"I don't mind paying people more for something if we're getting more. But just to change a deal because you're greedy and you want more? No. I'm not gonna go along with that."
- Vince McMahon -
"We demand that big business give the people a square deal; in return we must insist that when anyone engaged in big business honestly endeavors to do right he shall himself be given a square deal."
- Theodore Roosevelt -
"You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker."
- Malclm X -
"Big mouthfuls often choke."
- Italian proverb -
"Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor."
- Thomas Jefferson -
"My major problem with the world is a problem of scarcity in the midst of plenty ... of people starving while there are unused resources ... people having skills which are not being used."
- Milton Friedman -
"If your thinking is sloppy, your business will be sloppy. If you are disorganized, your business will be disorganized. If you are greedy, your empoyees will be greedy, giving you less and less of themselves and always asking for more."
- Michael Gerber -
"When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses."
- Shirley Chisholm -
"Wall Street, and capitalism as it is currently practiced, are little more than Robin Hood in reverse."
- Jack Jodell -
"The history of the twentieth century was dominated by the struggle against totalitarian systems of state power. The twenty-first will no doubt be marked by a struggle to curtail excessive corporate power."
- Eric Schlosser -