Jack Saturday

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Anti-Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 387-389

In a recession this deep, recovery doesn't depend on investors. It depends on consumers who, after all, are 70 percent of the U.S. economy. And this time consumers got really whacked. Until consumers start spending again, you can forget any recovery, V or U shaped.

Problem is, consumers won't start spending until they have money in their pockets and feel reasonably secure. But they don't have the money, and it's hard to see where it will come from.
When Will the Recovery Begin? Never
Robert Reich's Blog.
Posted July 10, 2009.

I'm reminded of the old rightwing cliche that you can't solve problems by throwing money at them. I tend to agree with writer Robert Anton Wilson, who says that this cliche is the most stupid, moronic thing he's ever heard from the right. The vast majority of problems in life get solved by throwing money at them. Nothing else but money will do, in social reality.

You pay your rent by throwing MONEY at your landlord. Your landlord won't accept philosophical speculation as payment. When you need food, you throw MONEY at a food retailer. They won't accept positive thinking as payment. You need water to bathe - you throw MONEY at the water company. They won't accept your insightful perceptions about not being a mental slave.)
Brian Dean
CLAWS Discussion

Harvard guessed… that five percent of the population is all it takes to produce everything that we consume. Five percent. Another fifteen percent, arguably, are involved in essential services. That leaves eight people out of ten….
John Taylor Gatto


  • It's so great that you have a quote from CLAWS, because that's how I got to this blog (your essay Happy Man on Welfare).

    Those essays and articles convinced me that I wasn't crazy when thinking it might not be such a good idea to spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year, for over 40 years, doing something I hate.

    By Blogger Markus, at 2:46 AM  

  • No Markus, you’re not crazy, you’re a sane person in an insane asylum.

    Now you have to decide what’s worse, being asleep thinking slavery is right, or awake wondering how the hell to escape it. Wish I could help. Meanwhile I’m promoting Basic Livable Income Guarantee worldwide (http://www.livableincome.org/), an economic model supported by many economists and others. Of course such a thing would dismantle much of the power of big business and their desire to have many slaves to maximize their profit so that their absurd bank accounts and private jets, and the sight of homeless misery will deny their own feeling of emptiness and lovelessness. They make the Matrix through schooling and television. Awakening to your own slavery is a positive step.

    Best of luck!


    By Blogger Jack Saturday, at 12:04 PM  

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