Saturday, August 27, 2005

JFK on this blog's theme

On 8/26/05, Shane Mage <shmage at pipeline.com> wrote: The point is: telemarketing not only contributes> nothing to that total but is really an annoying *disservice* and> would be counted as negative in any objective system of> economic measurement were such a system to exist.> > Shane Mage


"Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered communityexcellence and community values in the mere accumulation of materialthings. Our gross national product ... if we should judge America bythat - counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulancesto clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for ourdoors and the jails for those who break them. It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead,and armored cars for police who fight riots in our streets. It counts Whitman's rifle and Speck's knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.

Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of ourchildren, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity ofour public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except thatwhich makes life worthwhile. And it tells us everything about Americaexcept why we are proud that we are Americans."

Robert F. Kennedy Address, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, March 18, 1968-- Michael Pugliese


Milton S. Gwirtzman must have been a good speechwriter. Still and all, don't you hate to be lectured by a Kennedy on "the mere accumulation of material things?"

I created an online store <cafepress.com/montages> where nothing is sold, featuring this remark by Walter Benjamin:

"The collector dreams his way not only into a distant or bygone world but also into a better one -- one in which, to be sure, human beings are no better provided with what they need than in the everyday world, but in which things are freed from the drudgery of being useful." -- Walter Benjamin

If only Michael P. can always (like in this instance) free his collection of quotations from the drudgery of being useful. . . .

Yoshie Furuhashi
<http://montages.blogspot.com/>
<http://monthlyreview.org/>
<http://mrzine.org/>

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