April 01, 2013
Ancient Snark

From Prospects of Industrial Civilization, by Bertrand and Dora Russell (1923):

The only men nowadays who believe in injustice are those who profit by it, and even they in their hearts feel that their belief is not genuine but merely an embodiment of self-interest. I except from this indictment the big capitalists of America, who are more na´ve, more untouched by modern thought, than any other set of men with the exception possibly of a few Central African negroes. American businessmen still believe in the capitalist system, but businessmen elsewhere merely hope it will last their lifetime, provided they can obtain sufficient machine guns and ships to shoot down or starve those who advocate systems which, in their hearts, they know to be better.

Posted by Jerome Doolittle at April 01, 2013 08:05 PM
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I never knew that Bertrand wrote a book with a female companion, who I presume was his wife. But it makes perfect sense. After all someone is going to get the last laugh on the foolishness of capitalism. And she has a name: Mother Nature.

Perhaps Dora's alter ego.

Posted by: Buck on April 1, 2013 10:58 PM

One of his many wives. Russell was a regular Gingrich.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on April 2, 2013 9:35 AM

Spot On. American Exceptionalism.

Posted by: Sean O on April 5, 2013 6:09 PM

B Russell's quote is spot on.

Posted by: Sean O on April 5, 2013 6:13 PM
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