Category Archives: What Liberals Believe book

A Criminal

A criminal is a person with predatory instincts without sufficient capital to form a corporation. Howard Scott, quoted in the Idaho Observer (December 2001), requoted from What Liberals Believe, page 188, edited by William Martin Advertisements

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Hunger

Hunger makes a thief of any man. Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth (1931), quoted from What Liberals Believe, page 187, edited by William Martin

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Political Language

Political language…is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. George Orwell, quoted in The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell (1968), requoted in What Liberals Believe, … Continue reading

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Without Books

I cannot live without books. Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to John Adams (June 10, 1815), quoted in What Liberals Believe, page 164, edited by William Martin

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No Rewards, No Punishment

In America, workers aren’t being rewarded for productivity and CEOs aren’t being punished for poor performance. What’s wrong with this picture? Ellen Goodman, “Bob the Un-Builder,” Truthdig (January 11, 2007). quoted in What Liberals Believe, page 145, edited by William … Continue reading

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CEO Pay and Performance

There is zero correlation between CEO pay and CEO performance. Barney Frank, quoted in “Poll Shows Americans Distrust Corpoarations,” New York Times (December 10, 2005), requoted in What Liberals Believe, page 145, edited by William Martin

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A Corporation Today

A corporation today can have an infinite lifespan. It doesn’t fear death. It doesn’t fear pain or incarceration. It doesn’t need fresh water to drink or clean air to breathe. It doesn’t need health care or retirement. It can own … Continue reading

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Corporations’ Changing Roles

Corporations…were designed by law, set up by the state, to serve the people, to build bridges and tunnels and roads. And now they are this Goliath that’s eating up the very entities, and having more power than the very entities, … Continue reading

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Corporations First Purpose

Corporations were not originally created to maximize profit to stockholders, as most people today believe. They were first created to serve the public interest, the public purpose. Ralph Estes, Tyranny of the Bottom Line (1996), quoted from What Liberals Believe, … Continue reading

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Profit Without Responsibility

Corporation. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility. Ambrose Bierce, Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce (1911), quoted from What Liberals Believe, page 143, edited by William Martin

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