Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Polititions

"Polititians can use laws, institutions, example and persuasion." 1

1. Richard Reeves, 21 February 2005. NS Essay.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Capitalism and greed

To papaphrase Michael Moore (badly), "one of the flaws in capitalism is greed. The greedy man will sell you enough ropre to hang himself."

Progress

"The past decade has brought the lowest inflation, interest rates and unemployment for 40 years and an unprecedented preiod of uninterupted growth. Yet mental health has declined sharpely. More than two million Britons are on antidepressants, half a million on Class A drugs. Binge drinking, and what Fromm called "acts of destruction" - violence, self-abuse and vandalism - have reached record levels." 1

1. Neil Clark, 14 February 2005. How we forgot the art of loving, New Statesman.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Torture

"We could introduce torture trading within the torturing community. Thus we could give a country with high torture requirements the opportunity to buy torture credits from a country with low torture rates." 1

1. Mark Thomas, 31 January 2005. New Statesman.

Immigrants

"What I would really love is for there to be a general strike of all first, and second-generation immigrants. The whole country would close down"