my current indeterminate series Job Hunt Woes continues:
I've been reading a good book by Edgar S. Fraley recently, and I thought I'd share
some of his more pointed observations and quotes of the philosophy of economics.
The book is titled "Fragments and Splinters" published in 1975 by a homegrown Appalachian
free-thinking self-styled philosopher who grew up in a share-cropping
family too primitive to even have an outhouse. His story begins in the mountains near the
border of Virginia and North Carolina.
This book is mostly a compilation of his many efforts at journalism and various essays and poems,
written over the span of many years.
I am not too keen of his conceptions of many topics, including the paranormal, evolution, religion,
and especially his idea that the chief joy for EVERY person is expanding awareness through learning
and new ideas. However, I have been very impressed with his wordcraft concerning economic oppression
and the sad state of human global affairs.
Anyway, I should get to the point: He says:
"Money isn't worth what it costs"
"We cannot have a government of, for, and by the people unless we have an economy of, for, and by the people."
"the purpose of schools should not be primarily to train recruits for industry and business, but to qualify members of the human race who will act as a civilizing leaven in a competing world of inhumanity and violence."
"Why does one's loyalties and affection for his fellow men stop at national boundaries?"
"Is a man morally justified in engaging in any kind of economic activity that makes him richer if it makes another man poorer?"
"What is to become of the tens of millions of people who can't qualify for the technical, managerial, and creative jobs--for soon there will be no other kind."
"Criminality is spread by contagion from the business world. There is no qualitative difference between cheating and stealing."
"To a considerable extent man has asserted his control over all nature--but his own."
"An optimist--one who believes this is the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist--one who is very much afraid he is right."
"Civil rights; Access to an education; opportunity for personal growth; the right to a job, housing, recreation."
"Twenty-three billion dollars are spent annually by business men for advertising in a cold war trying to take business away from one another -- which is a net loss to society."
"Only a minority of the people participate on equal terms in the benefits of "free enterprise." "
"Goodwill, kind words and deeds cost nothing, would provide more security than hydrogen bombs and spying planes that cost 50 billion."
"Which one of us is not corrupted without being aware of it by the social climate in which he lives?"