Words matter. These are the best Susan George Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
Much of what is called investment is actually nothing more than mergers and acquisitions, and of course mergers and acquisitions are generally accompanied by downsizing.
What is not fair now is that corporations pay less and less tax, which means that you and I pay more because we’re rooted somewhere, they’ve got our address, right?
What you need if you want jobs are small and medium sized enterprises, local initiatives, labour intensive work, community development, service providers and the like.
The natural capital is not income, but we spend our natural capital as if it were revenue, as if it were going to come back next year without any problems, whereas these renewals in nature can take hundreds of years.
There are a lot of people who don’t contribute anything to consumption and production.
I think the market is always going to be around. The goal is not to say, let’s get rid of the market, because the market does render a huge number of services, and I don’t want to have a fight about the price of something every time I buy a book or a bottle of water.
There is no degree of human suffering which in and of itself is going to bring about change. Only organisation can change things.
The World Development Movement, to take just one example, is doing good work. Some political parties are, too.
What’s immediately profitable is the only kind of logic that capitalism understands.
Redistribution of wealth would require enormous amounts of investment. The only time an elite has accepted this has been during crises, such as in America in the 1930s under Roosevelt.
What it missing, I think, is this notion of the common good.
How do we get democracy at the international level? That’s our problem. and it’s essentially the same problem people faced in the 18th Century when they tried to get democracy nationally. Now we need it internationally.
The real fight is about what should be in the marketplace and what should not. Should education be a marketable commodity? Should healthcare?
We have the most crude accounting tools. It’s tragic because our accounts and our national arithmetic doesn’t tell us the things that we need to know.
Only around 2% of the earth’s surface is cultivatable land.
The Sierra Club in the United States has now really come out for population control and reduction.
I’m a radical reformist, because between where we are and where I want to go there’s a great deal of work, and I won’t see the end of this.
If you cut down a forest, it doesn’t matter how many sawmills you have if there are no more trees.
If the economy becomes disembodied from society it can only lead to disaster.
Now we are flying off into outer space, there is no clear curb on what can be done in the name of the economy.
Debt is such a powerful tool, it is such a useful tool, it’s much better than colonialism ever was because you can keep control without having an army, without having a whole administration.
It seems to be the thing now that young people are getting back into politics.
Having enough to eat, being able to educate your children, have reasonably stable employment, and being able to live in a society which isn’t collapsing around you-all of these things have been generally eroded.
I used to work a lot on food issues and every time somebody predicted that production would be inadequate they got egg on their face a year or two later.
As the rich consume more and more, they are clearly not going to want to downgrade their own status.