Jack Saturday

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Anti-Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 529-531

Technology, indeed, delivered near-cost-free products in endless quantities. Scarcity was, indeed, vanquished. Per the same cost, the amount of information one can transfer through a single fiber optic swelled 100 times. Computer storage catapulted 80,000 times. Broadband and cable modems let computers communicate at 300 times their speed only 5 years ago. Scarcity turned to glut. Demand failed to catch up with supply. In the absence of clear price signals - the outcomes of scarcity - the match between the two went awry.
The Misconception of Scarcity
By: Dr. Sam Vaknin


One of the most staggering statistics to be revealed in modern times is that every year the dollar cost of corporate crime to America, as estimated by the Bureau of National Affairs, is over ten times greater than the combined larcenies, robberies, burglaries and auto thefts committed by individuals.

That corporate America cheerfully barters the lung tumors of its asbestos workers for profit, exchanges the brain damage of thousands of children from lead poisoning for earnings... and, without adequate testing, feeds carcinogens to an entire nation to secure a possible early market advantage, diminishes the likes of Charles Manson to a prankster at a Sunday school picnic.
Gerry Spence
With Justice for None

I want to say, in all seriousness, that a great deal of harm is being done in the modern world by belief in the virtuousness of work, and that the road to happiness and prosperity lies in an organized diminution of work.
Much that we take for granted about the desirability of work is... being pre-industrial... not adapted to the modern world. Modern technique has made it possible for leisure, within limits, to be not the prerogative of small privileged classes, but a right, evenly distributed throughout the community.
Bertrand Russell
In Praise Of Idleness (1932)
(emphasis JS)


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