The book, he argues, is fair and factual, but lacking in justifications for why this is the case. He offers four explanations: greed, public relations, guilt, and envy of power:
First, some people earn their money by manipulating the rules they help
create. Consider a case that Schweizer surprisingly doesn't discuss, Jesse
...There is what I would call "PR compassion." ... A
genuine altruist would anonymously donate large amounts of money to charity, but
that wouldn't work as a public relations tool; it helps your career to look
compassionate and caring ...
I suspect that there is also a subtler phenomenon at work, one that I
would call "warding off the evil eye." ... To ward off envy ... [they] make a conspicuous show of
being kind and caring, setting up foundations that prominently feature their
Finally, there is power envy. Nietzsche famously argued that slave
morality, the morality of compassion, of altruism, was devised by the weak out of
envy and fear of the power of the strong. This is doubtful, but there does seem
to be a real envy of the powerful ...
SUU is expanding and converting the original building on campus into a new education building.
The flyer uses a retouched original photo (circa 1898) when that building was the campus. Clearly the area was pretty desolate - trust me, it doesn't look like that anymore (although the profile of the mountains on the horizon is still the same). The current location of my building is to the left in the small valley visible behind Old Main.
Economists poo-poo George's single tax, but it has never been clear to me why. It is a variation on the folk theorem that all gains accrue to those with fixed resources. The logic is that land is fixed, therefore all gains ultimately go to landholders, so they in turn should be the only source of tax revenue. I'm not sure how there can be a problem in that ...
... People don't know much about this stuff. They just posture and
pontificate. Nobody tests. Nobody does field research. Nobody dares to
solve the problems - because the solution might contradict your
philosophy, and for most people clinging to beliefs is more important
than succeeding in the world. [p. 621]
The nasty little apes that call themselves human beings can do nothing
except run and hide. For these same apes to imagine they can stabilize
this atmosphere is arrogant beyond belief. They can't control the
climate. The reality is, they run from the storms. [p. 619]
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