American Consequences - December 2017


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“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen [pounds] nineteen [shillings] and six [pence], result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six [pence], result misery.” Mr. Micawber in David Copperfield , by Charles Dickens Better to go down dignified With boughten friendship at your side “To give little gifts, is to dishonor; because it is but alms, and signifies an opinion of the need of small helps.” Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan “The highest form of charity is to help sustain a person before they become impoverished by offering a substantial gift in a dignified manner, or by extending a suitable loan, or by helping them find employment or establish themselves in business so as to make it unnecessary for them to become dependent on others.” Than none at all. Provide, provide. Robert Frost, “Provide, Provide”

“Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production.” Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations , Book IV, Chapter viii “All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locusts consume.” Deuteronomy 28:42 “Right here, boys! Right here! Get your cake, pie, dill pickles, and ice cream! Eat all you can! Be a glutton! Stuff yourselves! It’s all free, boys! It’s all free! Hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry!” TheWicked Coachman, inWalt Disney’s Pinocchio , welcoming stupid boys to Pleasure Island where they will turn into donkeys and be sold as beasts of burden “If work was a good thing the rich would have it all and not let you do it.” Elmore Leonard, Split Images “Riches are for spending, and spending for honour and good actions. Therefore extraordinary expense must be limited by the worth of the occasion.” Sir Francis Bacon, Essays , “Of Expense” “Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.” Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Rabbi Moses Maimonides, Mishneh Torah , circa 1170 A.D.

“Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure.” Thorstein Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class

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