To protest in the name of morality against “excesses” or “abuses” is an error which hints at active complicity. There are no “abuses” or “excesses” here, simply an all-pervasive system.

If this [economic] shock approach were adopted, I believe that it should be announced publicly in great detail, to take effect at a very close date. The more fully the public is informed, the more will its reac­tions facilitate the adjustment.

It’s eating itself up, so to speak. The problem with profits that are derived from the financial system is that you can only derive them by creating bubbles, and you can only create so many bubbles before they burst.

The free area still available in the South Seas for the establishment of colonies is (…) comprehensive (…). Germany’s legitimacy lies in the numerous German settlements and trading posts spread over many groups of islands, in the considerable share of its merchant flag in the South Seas, in the high reputation which its sea power enjoys in the Pacific Ocean, and in the ports that German sea power has secured.

And so we can go to the wood, cut down trees and take what we want, take fish from the fish ponds and game from the forrests – we’ll have our will in the woods, the waters and the meadows.

Getting inefficient state enterprises into private hands is essential for Iraq’s economic recovery.

The bourgeois reformers who wanted to carry out their social reforms to banish the revolution, but not at the expense of holy profit, their primary programme, had to look for another economic basis for the reforms. They found it outside their homeland, in the exploitation of colonised and semi-colonised peoples, whose ruthless, inhumane plunder and servitude brought in abnormal profits, out of which the capitalists paid the crumbs of union concessions and social reforms.

For the power of inclosing Land, and owning Propriety, was brought into the Creation by your Ancestors by the Sword; which first did murther their fellow Creatures, Men, and after plunder or steal away their Land, and left this Land successively to you, their Children. And therefore, though you did not kill or theeve, (…) you justifie the wicked deeds of your Fathers; and that sin of your Fathers, shall be visited upon the Head of you, and your Children, to the third and fourth Generation, and longer too, till your bloody and theeving power be rooted out of the Land.

Once you get into enemy territory, you will realise what oppression by the white man means. Imposing, magnificent buildings look down from mountaintops or hills on the tiny huts of the natives. The luxurious lifestyle of the whites is financed with the money that this small minority squeezes out of Asians through bloody oppression.

The violation of human rights, the system of institutionalised brutality, the drastic control and suppression of every form of meaningful dissent is discussed (and often condemned) as a phenomenon only indirectly linked, or indeed entirely unrelated, to the classical unrestrained “free market” policies that have been enforced by the military junta, (…) this particularly convenient concept of a social system, in which “economic freedom” and political terror coexist without touching each other, allows these financial spokesmen to support their concept of “freedom” while exercising their verbal muscles in defence of human rights.

I was focusing on the politics—mass action, going to Bisho [site of a definitive showdown between demonstrators and police] (…) But that was not the real struggle—the real struggle was over economics. And I am disappointed in myself for being so naive.

The barbarian princes cannot prevent their subjects from trading with the Spanish, and the Kings of Spain on their side cannot forbid the Spanish to trade with the Indians.

If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian, he can live in peace….Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even  hance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief.  They  are all brothers. The Earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it….Let me be a free man (…) and I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty.

Today I resigned from the staff of the International Monetary Fund after over 12 years, (…) To me resignation is a priceless liberation, for with it I have taken the first big step to that place where I may hope to wash my hands of what in my mind’s eye is the blood of millions of poor and starving peoples. Mr Camdessus, the blood is so much, you know, it runs in rivers. It dries up too; it cakes all over me; sometimes I feel there is not enough soap in the whole world to cleanse me from the things that I did in your name …

I am, because we are; and since we are therefore I am.

I’ve got to work. I’m head of a household. I’m feeding children. Even though you ain’t making but $9.35, that $9.35 meant survival. And once we got the union, they felt like, well, I’ve got some protection. I’ve got somebody that really cares.

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