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6,174. The mistake you make, don’t you see, is in thinking one can live in a corrupt society without being corrupt oneself. After all, what do you achieve by refusing to make money? You’re trying to behave as though one could stand right outside our economic system. But one can’t. One’s got to change the system, or one changes nothing. One can’t put things right in a hole-and-corner way, if you take my meaning. (Society & Corruption & Capitalism & Economics & Change & System) George Orwell, Keep the Aspidistra Flying
98,669. Economic problems are not formulated clearly and are often stated in such vague terms as to make mathematical treatment a priori appear hopeless because it is quite uncertain what the problems really are. (Mathematics & Problem & Economics) John von Neumann & Oskar Morgenstern
38,864. Teach a parrot the terms ‘supply and demand’ and you've got an economist. (Parrot & Economics) Thomas Carlyle
74,652. No real English gentleman, in his secret soul, was ever sorry for the death of a political economist. (Gentleman & Economics) Walter Bagehot
6,348. Intelligent, thinking people could take things like this in their stride, just as they took the larger absurdities of deadly dull jobs in the city and deadly dull homes in the suburbs. Economic circumstances might force you to live in this environment, but the important thing was to keep from being contaminated. The important thing, always, was to remember who you were. (Self & Economics & Capitalism & Life’s Like That) Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road
24,766. When the great monetary collapse hit Ferenginar, I was hundreds of light years away serving as a ship’s cook on a long-haul freighter. I can’t tell you the heartbreak I suffered knowing that rampant inflation and currency devaluation were burning like wildfires through the lush financial foliage of my home. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine & Economy & Money & Finance) Star Trek: Deep Space Nine s4e11: Homefront, Quark to O’Brien & Bashir
28,871. Morgan put together a loan worth over $100 million – almost $3 billion today – and bailed out the Federal government. This saved the American economy from complete collapse. (United States of America & Economics & Loan) The Men Who Built America VI: Owning It All, History 2013
28,912. Manufacturing, technology, infrastructure: it will change the face of America. For the first time in history industry is put behind the war effort. An approach to conflict that America will exploit in the First and Second World Wars. It is the beginning of a new integrated economy that will become the hallmark of the modern United States. (United States of America & US Civil War & Industry & Economy) America: The Story of the US: Civil War, History 2010
28,925. America’s boom is now bust. A human and economic crisis explodes across America. Social upheaval, poverty, drought. It’s time for America to fight back against the Great Depression. (United States of America & Economics) America: The Story of the US: Bust
28,973. These unhappy times call for the building of plans that … build from the bottom up and not from the top down, that put their faith once more in the forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid. (United States of America & Economics) Franklin D Roosevelt, radio address 7th April 1932
42,206. I believe and I have always believed and I always will believe in private enterprise has the backbone of the economic well-being of the United States. People of American have no quarrel with business; they insist only that the power of concentrated wealth shall not be abused. (Business & Enterprise & Economics & Wealth) Franklin D Roosevelt, 1933
28,974, I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people. (United States of America & Economics) Franklin D Roosevelt, speech 2nd July 1932
29,340. Obama brought back the same economic team. (United States of America & Banks & Economics & Obama) Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States X: Bush & Obama: Age of Terror, Showtime 2012
29,341. A $700 billion bail-out on remarkable easy terms. (United States of America & Banks & Economics & Obama) ibid.
30,341. Adam Smith, the son of a customs officer, had an exhilarating vision of the future ... It would be his revolutionary book The Wealth of Nations which would mark Scotland’s farewell to sentimental self-destruction. (Great Britain & Scotland & Economics) Simon Schama, A History of Britain: Britannia Incorporated, BBC 2000
31,492. Heath was battling rocketing inflation at home and battling economic forces. (Great Britain & England & Politics & Economics & 1970s & Inflation) Heath vs. Wilson: The 10 Year Duel, BBC 2011
32,860. I've abandoned free market principles to save the free market system. (Bush & Economy & Market) George W Bush, 16th December 2008
34,764. Now we are dealing with issues that cannot be solved without the nation spending billions of dollars and undergoing a radical redistribution of economic power. (King & Economics) Dr Martin Luther King junior
42,358. And one day we must ask the question, Why are there forty million poor people in America? And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. (Economics & Capitalism & Wealth & Poor) Martin Luther King junior
9,689. Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it. They know that America is not a place of which it can be said, as it used to be, that a man may choose his own calling and pursue it just as far as his abilities enable him to pursue it; because to-day, if he enters certain fields, there are organizations which will use means against him that will prevent his building up a business which they do not want to have built up; organizations that will see to it that the ground is cut from under him and the markets shut against him. For if he begins to sell to certain retail dealers, to any retail dealers, the monopoly will refuse to sell to those dealers, and those dealers, afraid, will not buy the new man’s wares. (Fear & New World Order & Secret Government & Commerce & Economics) Woodrow Wilson, The New Freedom 1914 [often quoted out of context]
41,901. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men who, even if their action be honest and intended for the public interest, are necessarily concentrated upon the great undertakings in which their own money is involved and who necessarily, by very reason of their own limitations, chill and check and destroy genuine economic freedom. This is the greatest question of all, and to this statesmen must address themselves with an earnest determination to serve the long future and the true liberties of men. (Money & Economics & Credit & Banks & Federal Reserve) Woodrow Wilson
41,441. It can all have been avoided: the report blames Widespread Failures in Financial Regulation including the Federal Reserve’s failure to stem toxic mortgages; Dramatic Breakdowns in Corporate Governance including too many financial firms acting recklessly; an explosive mix of excessive borrowing and risk by households and Wall Street; Key Policy Makers Ill Prepared for the Crisis lacking full understanding of the financial system; Systemic Breaches in Accountability and Ethics at all levels. (Federal Reserve & Economics & Banks & Finance & Wall Street) FCIC Financial Crisis Inquiry Report, cited Sky News January 2011
41,477. In one year the conditions were so reversed that the era of prosperity ended, and a depression set in, to such an extent that the streets of the colonies were filled with unemployment. (Money & Economics & Unemployment) Benjamin Franklin
41,438. What’s going on in America today? Why are we over our heads in debt? Why can’t the politicians bring debt under control? (Federal Reserve & Money & Debt & Economy & Banks) William T Still, The Money Masters
41,439. All of our money is based on government debt ... It lies in reforming our banking system. (Federal Reserve & Money & Debt & Economy & Banks) ibid.
41,440. There’s nothing federal about of the Federal Reserve. And there are no reserves ... The truth is the Federal Reserve is a private bank owned by private stockholders and run purely for their profit. (Federal Reserve & Money & Debt & Economy & Banks) ibid.
41,515. The Founding Fathers knew the evil of a privately owned national bank. (Money & Debt & Banks & Economy & Federal Reserve) ibid.
41,516. Who controls have much money we have? (Money & Debt & Banks & Economy & Federal Reserve) ibid.
41,517. We must take back the power to issue our own money. (Money & Debt & Banks & Economy & Federal Reserve) ibid.