Consumption and destruction

I think these quotes from John Kenneth Galbraith go a long way towards explaining the UK election result and the woeful inadequacy of the response to the climate crisis.

“The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.”

“No solution [to the problem of poverty] is so effective as providing income to the poor. Whether in the form of food, housing, health services, education or money, income is an excellent antidote for deprivation. No truth has spawned so much ingenious evasion.”

“Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.”

“People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage.”

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6 thoughts on “Consumption and destruction

  1. So absolutely true. Bring on Citizens Allowance. A trial in Finland has shown how it improves confidence and happiness, and many people who received it were able to undertake training to get jobs they really wanted.

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    • The Liberal government in Ontario started a trial of it, but then the Tories got in and cancelled it. That, and a programme of cuts. At least the Liberals got back in at the federal level. I’d have preferred a NDP government and I canvassed for the NDP, but no such luck. (The NDP are the Canadian equivalent of the Labour Party.)

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  2. Very interesting. What a shame it was cancelled. Of course, here in the UK we have just had an election that will almost certainly lead to yet further demonisation -and demonitizaton- of the poor and bereft . So sad.


    • I know — I cried when the exit polls came out. I despair.

      As you haven’t been following me for long, you may not know that I only left the UK in mid-2018, so I’m still keeping a close eye on what’s going on there.


  3. I am devastated by the election result. We’re in for a tough time here in the UK for the next few years. I just hope that it will mobilise enough people to act against it and turn the tide.

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    • Yes, it is terrifying that they won’t do enough about climate change, also unchecked rise of racism, the bonfire of rights that is likely to occur after Brexit, the lethal effects of austerity, etc. Like I said above, I cried.

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