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Monday, October 08, 2012

Anti Wage-Slavery Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 883-886

Take, for example, the so-called "Easterlin paradox," which teaches that when a person's income rises beyond what's necessary to meet their basic needs it does not increase their happiness. This doesn't match the standard capitalist economic assumption that rising personal wealth leads to increased individual fulfillment. Yet it's been proven time and again. And economics ignores this. Our textbook models remain unchanged.
Why We Must Stop Fetishizing Economic Growth
By Robert A. Johnson
September 25, 2012

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THE list of longshore jobs that technology has rendered obsolete is long and poignant. Mr. Curto’s tower workers are gone. The cube workers, who calculated the cubic volume of loose cargo, are gone. The coopers, who sewed torn sacks and repaired broken pallets, are gone. The water boys, working in the steamy reaches of the hold, are gone, as well.

In the 1960s, when New York was the world’s busiest port, there were more than 35,000 longshoremen on the city’s docks. Today, there are 3,500.
On the Waterfront, Rise of the Machines
New York Times
Published: September 28, 2012

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If the concept of the Unconditional Basic Income encourages laziness, why would any right minded parent pass on an inheritance to their children?
The Unconditional Basic Income. All Your Questions Answered In 800 Words
September 26, 2012 by bstard4bristolmayor

[Adam] Smith saw that over time wealth would follow the release of constraints on human inventiveness and imagination. The larger the group invited to play, the more spectacular the results. For all the ignorance and untrustworthiness in the world, he correctly perceived that the overwhelming majority of human beings could indeed be trusted to act in a way that over time is good for all.
John Taylor Gatto,
The Underground History Of American Educatio

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