Jack Saturday

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Anti-Job Pro-Freedom Quotes Of The Week 140, 141, 142

Why, in the Far East, the master is considered a living Buddha, but, in Minneapolis, they wonder why he doesn't have a job.
Robert Pirsig

...used to measuring the 'standard of living' by the amount of annual consumption, assuming all the time that a man who consumes more is 'better off' than a man who consumes less. A Buddhist economist would consider this approach excessively irrational: since consumption is merely a means to human well-being, the aim should be to obtain the maximum of well-being with the minimum of consumption. The less toil there is, the more time and strength is left for artistic creativity. Modern economics, on the other hand, considers consumption to be the sole end and purpose of all economic activity.
E. F. Schumacher

Do nothing. Time is too precious to waste.


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Anti-Job Pro-Freedom Quotes Of The Week 138, 139

...since 1979, the share of pretax income going to the top 1 percent of American households has risen by 7 percentage points, to 16 percent. At the same time, the share of income going to the bottom 80 percent has fallen by 7 percentage points.

As the Times puts it: "It's as if every household in that bottom 80 percent is writing a check for $7,000 every year and sending it to the top 1 percent."
The Rich Are Making the Poor Poorer
Barbara Ehrenreich
The Nation

Posted June 13, 2007

The FBI estimates that, 16,000 Americans are murdered every year.
Compare this to the 56,000 Americans who die every year on the job or from occupational diseases such as black lung and asbestosis and the tens of thousands of other Americans who fall victim to the silent violence of pollution, contaminated foods, hazardous consumer products, and hospital malpractice.
These deaths are often the result of criminal recklessness. Yet, they are rarely prosecuted as homicides or as criminal violations of federal laws.
Corporate criminals are the only criminal class in the United States that have the power to define the laws under which they live.
Twenty Things You Should Know About Corporate Crime
By Russell Mokhiber,
AlterNet. Posted June 16, 2007

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Invisible Hand

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Anti-Job Pro-Freedom Quote Of The Week 137

I yearn for the time to think deep - or just deeply stupid - thoughts whilst pulling pints, or sitting in a shop selling books (it is of course preferable to keep some connection with words) or whatever. At the moment I have no time for that state of deep thought. So if you're considering using your skills as a writer to write for others, my advice is don't!!! You'll only find yourself on MySpace writing long, whining blogs about it. And more than one of those sort of blogs is more than the world deserves. So your pardon, dear reader, for whinging like this and happy writing...
Adam Horovitz

Monday, June 04, 2007

Anti-Job Pro-Freedom Quote Of The Week 136

Statement and response:


Our work defines us as much as it provides what we need to support our families and communities.
Ken Georgetti,
President of the Canadian Labour Congress,


Why do you mock us with this patronizing drivel? Has it occurred to you that we should not allow ourselves to be defined by the bosses? We know it may sound way too radical for your tastes, but there are a lot of us who don't want to be defined by mind-numbing, dignity-depriving, soul destroying, dumbed-down, speeded-up, electronically-monitored, servile and subservient work. Nor do we find it easy to swallow the suggestion that work provides what we need to support our families and communities. Which corporate song book did you get that from?