Sunday, July 17, 2011
John Kenneth Galbraith on civilization and warFrom the closing two paragraphs of the late John Kenneth Galbraith's Economics of Innocent Fraud: Truth for Our Time (2004), the last book he published during his lifetime:
Civilization has made great strides over the centuries in science, health care, the arts and most, if not all, economic wellbeing. But also it has given a privileged position to the development of weapons and the threat and reality of war. Mass slaughter has become the ultimate civilized achievement.Tags:
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No subject for immortal verse
That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."
-- Cecil Day-Lewis from Where Are The War Poets?
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