Linda McQuaig Quotes
“Jeremy Bentham argued that 'even in the best of times the great mass of citizens will most probably possess few resources other than their daily labour and, consequently, be always near indigence'. As long as working man was near indigence, hunger would remain an effective tool to goad him to labour. Bentham argued that an important task of government was to ensure conditions of deprivation, thereby guaranteeing that hunger would [be a constant motivation to work].”
“All societies take care of their material needs, and the pursuit of private gain is always present. But the attainment of personal possessions had been, for the most part of history, considered a less important mark of distinction and status than the demonstration of other traits...
According to Polyani, this thinking fundamentally changed in the last five centuries and in parts of the Western world as, with the rise of capitalism, feudal society was reorganized around the principles of the marketplace. It is only in the resulting capitalist works that displays of feed and the pursuit of material gain have been considered worthy behaviour - behavior that is actively encouraged and even regarded as the very essence of the human personality.”
- Description: Described as ‘Canada’s Michael Moore’ by the country’s National Post, Linda McQuaig is an award-winning investigative reporter and columnist for the Toronto Star. She is the author of seven Canadian bestsellers, which have earned her a reputation as a fierce critic of the establishment.