Monday, May 31, 2004

Democracy and Money

"democracy is impossible in the presence of capitalism or, for that matter, any system which permits the concentration of wealth" 1

1. George Monbiot, May 2004, The Democracy We Never Had.

Friday, May 21, 2004

Camera

"The camera may not lie, but we do to ourselves" 1

1. Lindsey Hilsum, 17 May, 2004. World View, New Statesman.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Wealth and Population

"Those who spent the 1970s and 1980s campaigning against overpopulation were lamenting not the evident surplus of white intellectuals, but the abundance of impoverished people with brown skins, [however,] human wealth has long been a bigger environmental issue than human numbers. The citizens of the United States, for example, each use 88 times as much energy as the citizens of Bangladesh." 1

1. George Monbiot, 15th May 2004. Just Fade Away, Spectator

House Building

'Just as new roads contribute towards congestion, building new houses will have the same effect - increasing demand...the government should be managing the demand for houses, rather than using short-sighted, and unsustainable, "predict and provide" policies' 1

1. Rob White, May 2004.

Monday, May 17, 2004

Convienience

Is your convienience at someone else's expense?

Money

"Money and the complex system that makes it work is a man-made product that we invented and yet, like Frankenstein, it has us all in its grip." 1

1. David Boyle, Associate of the New Economics Foundation.

Slow Revolution

Live your life slowly, appreciate, savour and experience everything that you do.

Time

"Time is not money, Time is life" 1

1. Micheel Ende, Momo.

Friday, May 14, 2004

Reality

"It is easier and less costly to change the way people think about reality than it is to change reality" 1

1. Morris Wolfe, PR consultant.

Monday, May 10, 2004

Ideology

"Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually, the slaves to some defunct economist" 1

1. J M Keynes.

Saturday, May 08, 2004

Subversion of Advertising

I shop, therefore I am...(manipulated)
Don't blame me, I wanted to be 17 bicycles.
GOD bLESS AMERICA

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Peace

"The first casualty of war is the truth." 1

"There is more receptivity for voices for peace when emotions are not involved in the name of nationalism, ethnicity, [class,] or religon." 2

"How many people's deaths in war a you prepared to accept so that you can sleep in peace?" 3

1. Ippy, December 2003. Knowledge is Power, Peace News.
2. Beena Sarwar, December 2003. Getting our Issues "out there", Peace News.
3. Jan Melichar, Winter 2003. War is Peace, Peace Matters.

Sunday, May 02, 2004

Planned Economy and Market Economy

The main difference between a planned economy and a market economy is how the government intervenes - directly or indirectly.

Socialism

"[John Rawls said] deprived of knowledge about their own talents and abilities, [most people] would choose to live in an egalitarian society[...]The fear of being poor will outweigh the desire to be rich." 1

"The personel is the political" 1

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need." 2

1. Andrew Heyward, 2002. Politics.
2. Karl Marx.