Quotes of the Day

“Probably, majority opinion agrees with our own national policy that the right of a man to engage in business for himself is not a basic freedom, like freedom from fear, want, freedom of speech and of worship. It is a right which only about one in five of our working force finds himself able, or finds it worthwhile, to accept…. If free enterprise is not a basic freedom, then it must be justified as a central principle of organizing production, or fail to be justified, primarily on the ground of whether it has ‘delivered the goods.’” – Theodore Morgan, Income and Employment, p . 1751, a textbook used at Yale during the 1950s.

 “[O]ne of the main advantages of communism, from the typical workers point of view, is that of equality. … [A second advantage is] the state provides a broad range of public goods … at little or no cost. … A third advantage is the lack of uncertainty concerning careers and education. … A fourth advantage is that the centralized control allows the economy to shift directions in a relatively short period of time. In the case of the Soviet Union, the entire economy changed from a relatively underdeveloped agrarian nation to an advanced industrial one in the course of a few short decades.” – from a pre-publication version of Glencoe’s Economics: Principles and Practices, later adopted for use in Texas high schools.

Quote of the Day

“Some scholars believe that the spread of democracy, which then put land ownership and wealth in the hands of many, and the Industrial Revolution, which made the mass production of goods possible and spread wealth throughout society, are at the root of the environmental crisis,” and “By destroying paganism, white Christianity helped to exploit nature.” – Environmental Science: Creating a Sustainable Future, a high school textbook published in 2001 by Jones and Bartlett