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  • A child free from the guilt of ownership and the burden of economic competition will grow up with the will to do what needs doing and the capacity for joy in doing it. It is useless work that darkens the heart. The delight of the nursing mother, of the scholar, of the successful hunter, of the good cook, of the skilful maker, of anyone doing needed work and doing it well, - this durable joy is perhaps the deepest source of human affection and of sociality as a whole.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia")
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  • The bugs are not like us. The Pseudo-Arachnids arenÆt even like spiders. They are arthropods who happen to look like a madmanÆs conception of a giant intelligent spider, but their organization, psychological and economic, is more like that of ants or termites; they are communal entities, the ultimate dictatorship of the hive.
    (Robert A. Heinlein, "Starship Troopers")
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  • In our time mass or collective production has entered our economics, our politics, even our religion, so that some nations have substituted the idea collective for the idea God. This in my time is the danger. There is great tension in the world, tension toward a breaking point, and men are unhappy and confused. At such a time it seems natural and good to me to ask myself these questions. What do I believe in? What must I fight for and what must I fight against?
    (John Steinbeck, "East of Eden")
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  • This you may say of man - when theories change and crash, when schools, philosophies, when narrow dark alleys of thought, national, religious, economic, grow and disintegrate, man reaches, stumbles forward, painfully, mistakenly sometimes. Having stepped forward, he may slip back, but only half a step, never the full step back.
    (John Steinbeck, "The Grapes of Wrath")
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  • He demonstrated that there was no such thing as free will, since men's creative impulses were determined, as all else, by the economic structure of the epoch in which they lived.
    (Ayn Rand, "The Fountainhead")
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  • The key question is whether XM or Sirius would be willing to shell out the millions to lure Stern Co. Analysts were split on that. It's not quite economical yet for them to do it, although they both have cash on the balance sheet, ... The economics of it are not going to be easy. They're going to have to give up a pound of flesh.
    (Steve Mather)
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  • This is a classic dilemma between economic development and environmental conservation. These are never easy questions.
    (Chris Carter)
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  • I think more businesses are recognizing the economic value of having the arts as part of town life. It's exploding. It's a very exciting development and a testament to how vibrant the arts community is.
    (Terri Thomas)
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  • Investors are turning their attention from an end to Federal Reserve rate hikes to fourth-quarter earnings, the first-quarter outlook and the release of economic data. Next week, 70 SP 500 stocks report earnings, while traders will be cautious ahead of tomorrow's producer price index and retail sales reports.
    (Paul Mendelsohn)
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  • This project will help revitalize Hancock's entire downtown and provide a catalyst for future growth and job creation, ... The Scott Hotel will once again be able to play an important role in the economic development of the community.
    (Jennifer Granholm)
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  • Demand for labor will begin exceeding supply within just five years, ... Unless these shortages are resolved, the United States will be unable to maintain its historic rate of economic growth, with the work force being short almost 5 million workers by 2011 and almost 36 million workers by 2031.
    (E. Potter)
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  • Really, I expect the light volume to probably last until the Fed stops raising interest rates, and that will kind of depend on the economic outlook that we see, in terms of how much growth we have at the end of this interest-rate cycle. It really tells me that there is a lack of conviction from the buyers and a lack of conviction from the sellers, ... And it's somewhat psychological because people have their stocks, they're down, they don't want to sell them. And that's only been going on for, what, two or three months now The real question is, after six or seven or eight months and stocks are still down -- will people start selling at that point And maybe the volume picks up at that point.
    (David Beard)
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  • We are going to have a doggone hard time showing a decrease in property values. We are going to have a doggone hard time showing a decrease in economic activity due to sexually oriented businesses.
    (Janet Carter)
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  • Although this past month's dramatic rise in mortgage rates is consistent with an economic recovery, it will take more than one month of strong employment gains to verify this recovery is sustainable.
    (Frank Nothaft)
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  • Inflation is not a problem and generally isn't during periods of economic weakness, ... This is simply because producers cannot pass along increased prices.
    (Richard Yamarone)
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