Quote of the day—Helen Caldicott

Free enterprise really means rich people getting richer: they have the freedom to exploit and psychologically rape their fellow human beings in the process…Capitalism is destroying the earth.

Helen Caldicott
[The first part of the first sentence is technically correct but she (and most others) say it as if it were a bad thing.

500 years ago the worlds richest king, with all the wealth in his country, could not have purchased a zipper for his pants, an elastic waistband for his underwear, or a single Viagra pill. A bare-footed, half-naked man dancing around a bonfire with a bone stuck through his nose was nearly state of the art in medicine.

It was free enterprise, capitalism, that gave put zippers, elastic, Velcro, and Viagra within the reach of nearly anyone. An only slightly more select class of people can have state of the art handheld device which can deliver images at nearly the speed of light. Of course those images might be TSA pinups of your wife, your daughter “gone wild” dancing half naked in front of a bon-fire, or of your politician demonstrating the effectiveness of Viagra on his stainless steel pierced penis. But still, Velcro is pretty cool stuff.—Joe]


4 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Helen Caldicott

  1. “psychologically rape.”

    So that hot dog vendor selling me lunch is psychologically raping me? This lady doesn’t understand what capitalism is, or more likely just hates certain rich people and is using capitalism as a vehicle for her hate.

  2. 500 years ago a King could not have put together a hamburger which now can be acquired by anyone in this country at any time of the day or year. The process of just having fresh bread, plus fresh meat, plus vegetables which grow at different times for lettuce and tomato, and to bring it all together any time, that is the miracle of capitalism. If there is a demand for an item the market will do its best to supply it. Poor people in the country get access to more variety of foods than kings could acquire.

  3. The leftist media frequently claimed Caldicott as a source, despite her holding a position on nuclear power that was contrary to that of the overwhelming majority of scientists.

    Generally speaking, it isn’t “progressive” to want to repeal the Industrial Revolution.

  4. People free to follow their dreams and passions, and to excel– that is “psychological rape” to some people. Never forget it. It helps you to understand the enemies of liberty. It is that spark of creativity, enthusiasm and drive that repels them. Like an arachnophobe suddenly seeing a spider close to the face, they’ll do anything to kill it.

    You may not be able to do nearly as well as some people, no matter how you try, but it’s not all that difficult, sometimes, to kill people’s enthusiasm.

    So it is our job to maintain our enthusiasm.

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