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Chief Jack's Galley

There's a place for people who laugh at nothing...


August 24th, 2006

(no subject) @ 10:03 am

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Ripped this off from summerlady while I'm sitting here trying hard to avoid working....

Go here and refresh until you find 5 quotations that reflect the YOU that makes you YOU:

The way we distinguish ourselves is by showing our individuality.
- Alissa Camahort, We Got Naked, Now What, SXSW 2006

If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done.
- Peter Ustinov (1921 - 2004)

The Past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not to be worshiped. It is our future in which we will find our greatness.
- Pierre Trudeau (1919 - 2000)

Since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable.
- Brenda Ueland

There ain't no such thing as wrong food.
- Sean Stewart, Perfect Circle, 2004

And I thought this was interesting:

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.
- John Kenneth Galbraith (1908 - 2006)

Interesting from the perspective of the man who has defined the "conventional view" of economics for many of you..........
 
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From:wingguy
Date:August 24th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
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I know you aren't a fan of Galbraith (nor am I), but that is a great quote.
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From:john_holton
Date:August 24th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
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Had I not read his New Industrial State, I might have ended up a statist. As it was, after having read it as an opposing view to Milton Friedman's Capitalism and Freedom, I realized just how much free markets had going for them. I decided that his view of the world was far too pessimistic and too cynical about the possibilities of the world. Read Galbraith today, and he seems dated and absurd. Still, I feel a certain affection for him.
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From:wingguy
Date:August 24th, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
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And why shouldn't we feel affection and respect for a person with whom we disagree? I've always believed that's a sign of an educated mind. I've read that Galbraith and William F. Buckley were close friends, for instance.

The irony is that some intellectuals have no respect for opposing opinion, yet see moral equivalence between democracy and Islamo-Fascism. Go figure.
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From:john_holton
Date:August 25th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
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Time and again, Buckley proved that you could disagree vehemently with someone and still respect them and be friends with them. (On the other side of the coin, see if you can find a tape of Milton Friedman on Phil Donahue's show back in the 1970s. Donahue nearly had a stroke, and Friedman just sat there smiling.) I'd seen Galbraith on any number of television shows and he seemed to be a very nice fellow, despite his ideas on economics. I was sad to hear of his passing. I even said so here.

Chief Jack's Galley

There's a place for people who laugh at nothing...