Jack Saturday

Monday, November 27, 2006

Anti-Job, Pro-Freedom Quote Of The Week 107, plus

Education for freedom.

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The man [sic] in chains, seeing another man without them, thinks, is it possible I could have struck these chains off if I had only tried, that I didn't have to wear them all these years? The thought is unbearable. Better get some chains on the other guy.
John Holt,

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Anti-Job, Pro-Freedom Quote Of The Week 106, plus

Language Lesson

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The first level of slavery is the worship of work.
Gerry Spence

Friday, November 17, 2006

Milton Friedman, July 31, 1912 - November 16, 2006

He got this one right-- just needed planetary universality and adjustment on the amount to make it livable.

On television, the interviewer asked Dr. Milton Friedman, University of Chicago economist, "How can we improve the incomes of the poor?" Dr. Friedman: "Give them money."
from Buckminster Fuller’s
I Seem To Be A Verb

Monday, November 13, 2006

Anti-Job, Pro-Freedom Quote Of The Week 105

Ultimately, there will be opponents of the abolition of work. They are the Puritans and Calvinists who have waged war on freedom in the name of the "Protestant Work Ethic," because leisure allows the imagination to roam, the mind to question authority, and the self to contemplate true pleasure. These are things that the Puritans hate, fear, and try to destroy - such as they sought to ban dramatic theatre, carnivals, festivals, and holidays in Britain under their dour and repressive regime. They only want us to have one day out of seven where we can rest, and that day is to be filled with the requirements of "prayer" and obedience to their taskmaster deity. Why not seven out of seven? There is nothing dignified about work for its own sake, nothing in it that contributes to the body or to the spirit.
Steve Mizrach

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Lest We Forget

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Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder.... the working class who fight all the battles, the working class who make the supreme sacrifices, the working class who freely shed their blood and furnish their corpses, have never yet had a voice in either declaring war or making peace. It is the ruling class that invariably does both. They alone declare war and they alone make peace....They are continually talking about their patriotic duty. It is not their but your patriotic duty that they are concerned about. There is a decided difference. Their patriotic duty never takes them to the firing line or chucks them into the trenches.
Eugene V. Debs

We lack a Nuremberg to judge the economic order imposed upon us, where every three years more men, women and children die of hunger and preventable diseases than died in the Second World War.
Fidel Castro
at a summit of Third World countries in Havana, April 12, 2000

We have a solution for war. It is to expand the sphere of liberty.
Rudolph Rummel

Monday, November 06, 2006

Anti-Job, Pro-Freedom Quotes Of The Week 101, 102, 103. 104

missed their calling?

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Well then, on Monday, somewhere between a low of 5,000 to a high of 9,000 people lined up on the exposed shoulder of Kenmount Road and snaked for all I know half way to Colinet merely to have a peep or a possibility of finding some work more than half a continent away. 9,000 people would be a massive number if they were lining up in downtown Montreal or Toronto, but 9,000 people from teenagers to those who only dream of being teens again lining up in Newfoundland says more than a couple of things.
Rex Murphy
Point of View

Nov 2, 2006

Last January, 25,000 people applied for 325 jobs at a Wal-Mart in Chicago.
The Blair Doctrine: Blood & Money
By John Pilger
ZNet Commentary
November 03, 2006

Several thousand people — mostly young, black and Hispanic — had shown up to apply for fewer than 200 positions, only 65 of them full-time jobs. They came, they said, because of a phrase that had leapt out of the advertisements for the jobs: “on-the-spot hiring.” But there were too many people clogging the sidewalk outside the building on Eighth Avenue between 35th and 36th Streets where the company was conducting interviews, and everyone was abruptly told to go home and mail in the job applications.
Tamika Jones, 28, a Brooklyn mother of three school-age children, looked at the faces of other disappointed job-seekers and said: “This is what unemployment looks like in New York City. I wanted to cry.”
Alphonzo Puzie, 31, from the Bronx, used to work in a laundry and is desperate for work. “I was very disappointed,” he said. “It burns the spirit.”
Many had arranged for baby sitters, traveled from other boroughs and New Jersey, and lined up as early as 1 a.m., only to be told eventually that there were no more jobs being offered that day.
A Job Prospect Lures, Then Frustrates, Thousands
New York Times
Published: November 4, 2006

A rich and humane society can afford a minimum subsistence income for everyone without imposing conditions and obligations. If everyone has a basic sum on which he or she can fall back either in times of adversity or in order to withdraw partly or fully from the normal labour markets in order to engage in some less rewarded activity whether altruistic, artistic or personal, a few of the beneficiaries may well choose to become California surfers. I would argue that he or should be able to do so in a free society and that the cost of such dropping out to the rest of us is unlikely to be intolerable.
Samuel Brittan