Quotebag #103

“Algebra II is an especially [weird] class because it’s advanced enough that most people will never use it in their every day life, but it’s basic enough to have almost nothing in common with what real mathematicians do.”—charlie

“Traversing an environment built for the automobile in anything other than an automobile, sucks.”—Andrew Price

Autostrada A4

“We are sliding towards a ‘market’ solution in so many areas of our public life. Schools, prisons, healthcare. So many areas where the perverse incentive of the market is the opposite of the public good. Remember the lesson of Monopoly (the game). One person ends up w/all the money, the rest… bankrupt.”—James Housel

“One issue I’ve long been bothered by is the libertarian fixation on the state as the source of coercive power. The strong form version is that the state is the only party with coercive power (and please don’t try denying that a lot of libertarians say that; there are plenty of examples in comments in past posts). Libertarians widely, if not universally, depict markets and commerce as less or even non-coercive.”—Yves Smith

“The American press are wholly owned and operated by those who seek to shift power from political to economic.”—Arthur Silber

“There is simply no way to maintain your dignity when unemployed for a prolonged period. Not in this society, at any rate.”—voxcorvegis

“Pain, exploitation and death were the attractor states for a billion years. Mr. [Stan] Larimer and other cyber transcendentalists ought to bear it in mind.”—David Brin

“There’s a country music classic titled ‘Take This Job and Shove It.’ There isn’t and won’t be a song titled ‘Take This Consumer Durable and Shove It.’”—Paul Krugman

“Having a market society automatically carries with it an undermining of solidarity. For example, in the market system you have a choice: You can buy a Toyota or you can buy a Ford, but you can’t buy a subway because that’s not offered. Market systems don’t offer common goods; they offer private consumption. If you want a subway, you’re going to have to get together with other people and make a collective decision. Otherwise, it’s simply not an option within the market system, and as democracy is increasingly undermined, it’s less and less of an option within the public system.”—Noam Chomsky

“From a purely data obsession point-of-view, it’s interesting how 1+1=3 when it comes to data. This is what makes it so hard to convince people they should care about privacy.”—David

“Allowing labor markets to clear more efficiently does not imply that their clearing price should plunge toward zero.”—Jim Haygood

“To punish the alien worker for the sin of the native capitalist is like the man who struck the boy because he was not strong enough to strike his father.”—Jewish textile worker

“When pushed about this issue, some Bitcoin enthusiasts irritatedly say “nobody’s stopping women from joining”. ‘Nobody is stopping you’ is the classic articulation of negative freedom, and its problems are best exemplified by the moshpit.”—Brett Scott

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2 Responses to Quotebag #103

  1. Poor Richard says:

    According to the link you gave the David Brin quote should read:

    “Pain, exploitation and death were the attractor states for a billion years. Mr. Larimer and other cyber transcendentalists bear a burden of proof that This Time It Will Be Different..”

    I wonder if Brin edited his article after you quoted it.

    Anyway, the “burden of proof” only applies to science and jurisprudence, not to economics, politics, philosophy, speculations on social reform, etc.. Humanity goes to war over hypothesis, opinion, and speculation. Very few ever set about proving anything.

  2. Lindsay says:

    Your Quote #3, from James Housel, describes one of the things that scares me the most about politics these days! It would probably be the thing I am most afraid of if Christian Dominionists didn’t exist.

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