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Born: 1950-07-26
Profession: Activist
Nation: American
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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.

Tags: Book, Fight, Time

I was recently looking at what they can actually do to reduce consumption of petrol. It would be quite possible to build automobiles out of carbon fibre that would be just as strong, weigh 10 times less and consume 10 times less petrol.

Tags: Looking, Strong, Times

If we wait for the U.S. to do something, we will be waiting for a very long time. It's Europe, it's Australia, it's the other developed and middle developing countries that have got to do the job.

Tags: Job, Time, Waiting

Markets can't think about anything beyond about three months. This is very long-term for markets, which is why the important things in life have got to be taken outside of the marketplace.

Tags: Life, Three, Why

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.

Tags: Actually, Investment, Mergers

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.

Tags: America, Time, Wealth

The natural capital is not income, but we spend our natural capital as if it were revenue, as if it were going to come back next year without any problems, whereas these renewals in nature can take hundreds of years.

Tags: Nature, Problems, Year

The question is not only what is grown but what it's used for. There's not going to be a mass transformation of dietary habits in rich countries-on the contrary, the first thing people do when they become more prosperous is to buy more meat.

Tags: Become, Rich, Used

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.

Tags: Done, Political, Politics

This erosion of the middle class is happening all over the place. The opening of a wider gap between rich and poor is always accompanied by such a process.

Tags: Place, Poor, Rich

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?

Tags: Fair, Less, Means

What you need if you want jobs are small and medium sized enterprises, local initiatives, labour intensive work, community development, service providers and the like.

Tags: Service, Small, Work

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.

Tags: Democracy, Problem, Tried

The real fight is about what should be in the marketplace and what should not. Should education be a marketable commodity? Should healthcare?

Tags: Education, Fight, Real

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.

Tags: Control, Keep, Powerful

Having enough to eat, being able to educate your children, have reasonably stable employment, and being able to live in a society which isn't collapsing around you-all of these things have been generally eroded.

Tags: Children, Enough, Society

I used to work a lot on food issues and every time somebody predicted that production would be inadequate they got egg on their face a year or two later.

Tags: Food, Time, Work

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.

Tags: Accounting, National, Tell

As the rich consume more and more, they are clearly not going to want to downgrade their own status.

Tags: Clearly, Rich, Status

Cost recovery is the polite way of saying, make families pay to educate their children.

Tags: Children, Pay, Saying

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Everything has to be done to build some sort of international democracy. We've seen only the tiniest beginnings of that.

Tags: Democracy, Done, Seen

I'm a radical reformist, because between where we are and where I want to go there's a great deal of work, and I won't see the end of this.

Tags: End, Great, Work

If the economy becomes disembodied from society it can only lead to disaster.

Tags: Economy, Lead, Society

If you cut down a forest, it doesn't matter how many sawmills you have if there are no more trees.

Tags: Cut, Matter, Trees

It seems to be the thing now that young people are getting back into politics.

Tags: Getting, Politics, Young

Now we are flying off into outer space, there is no clear curb on what can be done in the name of the economy.

Tags: Done, Name, Off

Only around 2% of the earth's surface is cultivatable land.

Tags: Earth, Land, Surface

Subsidize... or lend.

Tags: Lend, Subsidize

The Sierra Club in the United States has now really come out for population control and reduction.

Tags: Control, Population, United

The World Bank is now the biggest culprit in the debt crisis.

Tags: Biggest, Crisis, Debt

The World Development Movement, to take just one example, is doing good work. Some political parties are, too.

Tags: Good, Political, Work

There are a lot of people who don't contribute anything to consumption and production.

Tags: Contribute, Production

There is no degree of human suffering which in and of itself is going to bring about change. Only organisation can change things.

Tags: Change, Human, Suffering

We're trying to run a 21st century society and economy with 19th century Darwinian, competitive, crude ideas.

Tags: Ideas, Society, Trying

What I worry about is climate change, because that would have untold effects that we can't even measure yet.

Tags: Change, Measure, Worry

What it missing, I think, is this notion of the common good.

Tags: Common, Good, Missing

What's immediately profitable is the only kind of logic that capitalism understands.

Tags: Capitalism, Logic, Profitable

Men have been found to deny woman intellect; they have credited her with instinct, with intuition, with a capacity to correlate cause and effect much as a dog connects its collar with a walk.

Tags: Her, Men, Woman

Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties.

Tags: Food, Love, Pet

Given that we glimpse what distinguishes man from the beast, is there anything that distinguishes woman from man?

Tags: Beast, Glimpse, Woman

She is still less civilized than man, largely because she has not been educated.

Tags: Educated, Less, She

Vanity is as old as the mammoth.

Tags: Mammoth, Old, Vanity

Wars teach us not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies.

Tags: Hate, Love, Teach