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Capitalism works better from every perspective when
by Barney Frank

Capitalism works better from every perspective when
the economic decision makers are forced to share power
with those who will be affected by those decisions.
- Barney Frank

Related topics: Power

People are entitled to the presumption of innocence.
- Barney Frank

Martin Luther King said, and it is sadly still true,
that one of the most segregated times in America is the hour of worship.
- Barney Frank

It seems to me that politicians ought to use the same words as other people.
- Barney Frank

 

The regulation of medicine has been a State function.
- Barney Frank

When community action was put into federal law in the
early sixties as part of the effort to combat poverty and social injustice,
I supported it intellectually.
- Barney Frank

What's troubling is that the Republicans to defend
Mr. DeLay are weakening the ethics process.
- Barney Frank

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And I think there is too much bloviating around from politicians.
- Barney Frank

They appear to have become so attached to their outrage
that they are even more outraged that they won't be
able to be outraged anymore.
- Barney Frank

Community action is as valuable a principle on the
international level as it has been domestically.
- Barney Frank

There's a lot to be said for not displacing people.
- Barney Frank

I'm used to being in the minority.
I'm a left-handed gay Jew.
I've never felt, automatically, a member of any majority.
- Barney Frank

This bill is the legislative equivalent of crack.
It yields a short-term high but does long-term damage
to the system and it's expensive to boot.
- Barney Frank

It is because the fight against the harshest aspects
of unrestricted capitalism is therefore a political
problem and not an intellectual one that community
action remains so essential.
- Barney Frank

Now, most of the time I'm going to agree with the Democrats
and disagree with the Republicans.
- Barney Frank

While I was pleasantly surprised by the relatively
high number of jobs created in April,
the fact is that job creation during this recovery
period has significantly lagged both historical experience in recovery,
and the projections of the Bush Administration.
- Barney Frank

It is, of course, further indication that a fundamentalist
right has really taken over much of the Republican Party,
People might cite George Bush as proof that you can
be totally impervious to the effects of Harvard and Yale education.
- Barney Frank

But here too it should be noted that the President's
approach was to first ask the repressive and brutal
Taliban to surrender Osama bin Laden to us,
and only after that government refused to do that did we invade.
- Barney Frank

Well, many of us believe that excessive media concentration
is a subject that ought to be addressed,
and it is, of course, the intention of the majority
party not to allow that to be discussed.
- Barney Frank

But when others suggested that the poor should not
simply be the objects of these programs but also the subjects -
that they should be actively involved in shaping the programs,
making decisions about how to spend the money etc.
- some of the previous supporters reconsidered.
- Barney Frank

The Clinton tax increase - which was an increase in
taxes primarily on upper-income people -
not only made the tax code more nearly progressive,
it preceded one of the most productive economic periods in American life.
- Barney Frank

I think there was an absolute, deep gap between consensual
relations between adults,
which people may like or dislike, and people who physically
impose themselves on children or misuse their authority to impose on children.
- Barney Frank

For many of those who had historically supported welfare
programs in the broadest sense,
it was perfectly reasonable to enact legislation in
which poor people were the objects of efforts to assist them.
- Barney Frank

But on those occasions when I do strongly disagree
with the Democrats and I don't say anything,
I think I forfeit my right to have people pay attention
to me when I say the things that I don't like about
what Republicans are saying.
- Barney Frank

Let us not say that we will decide on a political basis
at the national level that no State is competent to
regulate the practice of medicine in that State if
they decide to allow a doctor to prescribe marijuana,
because that is what we are talking about.
- Barney Frank

But it is also clear that left entirely untouched by public policy,
the capitalist system will produce more inequality
than is socially healthy or than is necessary for maximum efficiency.
- Barney Frank

I hope we will not so characterize religious people
as being so narrow and so biased towards people not
of their own religion that they cannot even work with
them in this common cause to which you say they are committed.
- Barney Frank

If people knew of ethics violations,
they should have sent them to the Ethics Committee.
If you think there was serious ethics violation that ought to be looked at,
you don't hold it back for retaliatory purposes.
- Barney Frank

Before this learning experience, I had assumed that
with regard to programs that sought to help people out of poverty,
the political world was essentially divided into two camps:
conservatives who opposed these for a variety of reasons,
and liberals who supported them.
- Barney Frank

The left and the right live in parallel universes.
The right listens to talk radio, the left's on the
Internet and they just reinforce one another.
They have no sense of reality.
I have now one ambition: to retire before it becomes essential to tweet.
- Barney Frank

Increasing inequality in income distribution in this
country has broader policy implications,
and there is also the growing problem of perverse incentives
that result from executives receiving grossly disproportionate
compensation based on decisions they themselves take.
- Barney Frank

The fact that they're a congressionally chartered group
should no more incline people to give to that group
than the fact that it's National Pickle Month should
make them eat more pickles.
- Barney Frank

Today, many people take for granted the notion that
people whose lives are going to be very heavily affected
by public policies should have a say in how they are
formulated and carried out.
- Barney Frank

In this view, the role of the great majority of Americans
is simply to buy the products produced,
work happily for their wages, and leave all of the
significant economic decisions to the capitalists.
- Barney Frank

Under capitalism each individual engages in economic planning.
- George Reisman

Under capitalism, man exploits man.
Under communism, it's just the opposite.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

The inherent vice of capitalism
is the unequal sharing of blessings;
the inherent virtue of socialism
is the equal sharing of miseries.
- Winston Churchill

Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden.
- Orson Scott Card

Socialism is nothing but the capitalism of the lower classes.
- Oswald Spengler

Capitalism tries for a delicate balance:
It attempts to work things out so that
everyone gets just enough stuff to keep them from
getting violent and trying to take other people's stuff.
- George Carlin

For capitalism, war and peace are business and nothing but business.
- Karl Liebknecht

Doing well is the result of doing good.
That's what capitalism is all about.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think the most important factor in getting out of
the recession actually is just the regenerative capacity of -
of American capitalism.
- Warren Buffett

Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic
of its civilization creates,
educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest.
- Joseph A. Schumpeter

World wide capitalism kills more people everyday then Hitler did.
And he was crazy.
- Ken Livingstone

I was guilty of judging capitalism by its operations
and socialism by its hopes and aspirations;
capitalism by its works and socialism by its literature.
- Sidney Hook

I think President Obama has used the bully pulpit as
a way to attack capitalism.
- Jeb Bush

Capitalism is war; socialism is peace.
- Karl Liebknecht

Capitalism has socialized production.
It has brought thousands of people together in the
factory and involved them in new social relationships.
- C. L. R. James

Chicago is the product of modern capitalism,
and, like other great commercial centers,
is unfit for human habitation.
- Eugene V. Debs

Fascism is capitalism in decay.
- Vladimir Lenin

We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism.
We must destroy both racism and capitalism.
- Huey Newton

It is no longer an unwritten law of American capitalism
that industry will attempt to maintain wages at a level
that allows a single wage to support a family.
- Christopher Lasch

I don't think that capitalism should be unbridled,
if by "unbridled" you mean unregulated.
- Chris Patten

Capitalism is a stupid system, a backward system.
- Stokely Carmichael

What's immediately profitable is the only kind of logic
that capitalism understands.
- Susan George

We are not just here to manage capitalism but to change
society and to define its finer values.
- Tony Benn

Capitalism should not be condemned, since we haven't had capitalism.
- Ron Paul

Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.
- Al Capone

What business has science and capitalism got,
bringing all these new inventions into the works,
before society has produced a generation educated up to using them!
- Henrik Ibsen

In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism.
In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy.
- Fran Lebowitz

The left is back, and it's the only path we have to
get out of the spot to which the right has sunken us.
Socialism builds and capitalism destroys.
- Hugo Chavez

The problem with K-12 education is socialism and the solution is capitalism.
- Peter Brimelow

Publicity is the life of this culture -
in so far as without publicity capitalism could not survive -
and at the same time publicity is its dream.
- John Berger

Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands,
kill their children, practice witchcraft,
destroy capitalism and become lesbians.
- Pat Robertson

History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom.
Clearly it is not a sufficient condition.
- Milton Friedman

I am convinced that the path to a new,
better and possible world is not capitalism,
the path is socialism.
- Hugo Chavez

If it were necessary to give the briefest possible
definition of imperialism,
we should have to say that imperialism is the monopoly stage of capitalism.
- Vladimir Lenin

Capitalism is not an economic system,
but a world-outlook, or rather, a part of a whole world-outlook.
- Francis Parker Yockey

There are no two countries with the same style of economic mechanism,
with the same capitalism.
- Anatoly Chubais

We modern Marxists regard socialism as a historically
brief transitional stage between feudalism and capitalism,
necessary only in backward countries.
- John McCarthy


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