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John Kenneth Galbraith

1908-2007. Canadian-American economist.

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There's a certain part of the contented majority who love anybody who is worth a billion dollars.
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Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.
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The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character building values of the privation of the poor.
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In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong.
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The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events.
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The traveler to the United States will do well to prepare himself for the class-consciousness of the natives. This differs from the already familiar English version in being more extreme and based more firmly on the conviction that the class to which the speaker belongs is inherently superior to all others.
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More die in the United States from too much food that from too little.
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The contented and economically comfortable have a very discriminating view of government. Nobody is ever indignant about bailing out failed banks and failed savings and loans associations. But when taxes must be paid for the lower middle class and poor, the government assumes an aspect of wickedness.
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It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put on the troubled seas of thought.
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The great dialectic in our time is not, as anciently and by some still supposed, between capital and labor; it is between economic enterprise and the state.
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