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.
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.
If you cut down a forest, it doesn't matter how many sawmills you have if there are no more trees.
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.
There is no degree of human suffering which in and of itself is going to bring about change. Only organisation can change things.
Now we are flying off into outer space, there is no clear curb on what can be done in the name of the economy.
The World Bank is now the biggest culprit in the debt crisis.
The World Development Movement, to take just one example, is doing good work. Some political parties are, too.
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?
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.
What I worry about is climate change, because that would have untold effects that we can't even measure yet.
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.
The Sierra Club in the United States has now really come out for population control and reduction.
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.
There's people coming in who've never done any politics at all, who've never been in a trade union, they've never been in a political party, they've never done anything, but they do feel a kind of urgency.
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