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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Quotes About Working and Class


Work n 1 a) activity in which one exerts physical strength or mental faculties to do or produce something. b) the activities that provide one’s accustomed means of livelihood. c) a specific task, duty, function, or assignment.

The Penguin English Dictionary





"The trouble with a free market economy is that it requires so many policemen to make it work."

Neal Ascherson, 1932- Games with the Shadows, Policing the Marketplace.

"I'm a friend of the working man, and I would rather be his friend than be one."

Clarence Darrow(18571938), American lawyer and reformer.

"Trickledown theorythe less than elegant metaphor that if one feeds the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows."

J.K.Galbraith 1908: Canadian economist, The Culture of Contentment (1992)

"He would have certainly have despised Christ for being the son of a carpenter, if the New Testament had not proved in time that to be such a howling commercial success."

Graham Greene, Dr Fischer of Geneva

"We have a single system and in that system the only question is the price at which the proletariat is to be bought and sold, the bread and circuses."

Henry Brook Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, (1907)

"Let me tell you, the very best thing about the working class is getting out of it."

Neville Wran, former New South Wales Premier and ALP politician.

"When I joined the Labor Party as a boy, the branches were filled with cream of the working class. When I leave it, it has been replaced by the dregs of the middle class."

Kim Beazley Senior. He was minister for education in the Whitlam government 1972-75, his son Kim is the ALP’s federal parliamentary leader."

"The Australian Labour Party does not even call itself a socialist party. Actually it is a liberal-bourgeois party, while the so called liberals in Australia are really Conservatives."

Lenin’s Collected Works, Volume 19

"And as far the city: the Unions might be crushed, the Labour cause abolished, and every fat man got into parliament, and these things would be of less importance to the towney than Bill Somebody sprained his (bl-nky) groin last Saturday and mightn’t be able to play in the forthcoming match."

Henry Lawson: Autobiographicial and Other Writings

"It was like a great river flooding or changing its course, the way the Depression came-the insidious creeping movement of dark strong unpredictable forces, the flow of hidden currents……

Even when the disaster had spread everywhere and its destructive menace understood, something unfeasible remained……..

It was out in the suburbs mostly that one gradually came to see it.

They bought in the dole, and then the dole became “the sustenance” and around this time they unlocked the Defence Department warehouses and out of the mothballs they took the old surplus greatcoats and tunics and dyed them a dull black-all that brave khaki of 1914-18-and against the contingency of a Melbourne winter issued them out as a charity to keep the workless warm. So that as the unemployed grew in number the black army coats became a kind of adversity, a stigma of suffering.

It was a time of sad and terrible human degradation for which there seemed to be no remedy."

George Johnston 1912-1970 in his novel My Brother Jack.

"Your push is what makes the wheel turn. Without your shove there is no system....

A pay packet stops you form dying, it doesn’t teach you how to live....

Now take my case. I’m twenty-nine and have two brothers—one in the Liberal Party and one serving six years for rape and arson. My sister Peg is on the streets and Dad lives off her earnings. Mum is pregnant by the boarder and because of this Dad won’t marry her. Last night I got engaged to an ex-prostitute and I wish to be fair to her: should I tell her about my brother in the Liberal Party."

David Ireland The Unknown Industrial Prisoner 1971




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