Gunnar Myrdal (1898-1987)

“The big majority of Americans, who are comparatively well off, have developed an ability to have enclaves of people living in the greatest misery without almost noticing them.”

“In a time of deepening crisis in the underdeveloped world, of social malaise in the affluent societies . . it seems likely that Gandhi’s ideas and techniques will become increasingly relevant.”

“Generally speaking, the less privileged groups in democratic society, as they become aware of their interests and their political power, will be found to press for ever more state intervention in practically all fields.”

“There is apparently nowhere a workable majority in the representative assemblies for making the specific cuts in expenditure which could bring down the taxes, and in election after election the people vote into power representatives who are as unable as they are unwilling to do anything about it.”

“People become less inhibited from wanting to change social and economic conditions in a radical fashion according to their own interests, and from being prepared to think of state intervention in ever wider spheres as possible and useful for this purpose.”

“Sometimes it looks as if, the better off they [nations] become, the bigger do they conceive the gap between what is actually their lot and what would be desirable, while in the poor countries large masses of people seem to be satisfied by merely surviving.”

“As a forecaster, Marx shared the common destiny of all prophets: to be belied by events.”

“Social taboos are shy like virtue; once lost, there is no remedy.”

“It is no accident that the Victorian age, the heyday of conventionalism, was the cultural bloom of economic liberalism.”

“Language, as we know, is full of illogicalities.”

“In the United States, and to only slightly lesser degree in all the other rich and economically progressive Western countries, public debate has at all times been dominated by the adherents of a “free” economy.”

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