He was all for catharsis and purification, he dreamed of an aesthetic consecration that should cleanse society of luxury, the greed of gold and all unloveliness.
(Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. From the essay "Suffering and Greatness of Richard Wagner," originally published as Leiden und Größe Richard Wagners in "Die Neue Rundschau," Berlin, Jahrgang 44, Heft 4 (April 1933). Essays by Thomas Mann, p. 199, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, Vintage (1957).)
Greed is all right, by the way... I think greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself.
(Ivan F. Boesky (b. 1937), U.S. financier. Commencement address, May 18, 1986, School of Business Administration, University of. California, Berkeley.
Boesky's words were later picked up in Oliver Stone's film, Wall Street (1987), spoken by Gordon Gecko. Boesky himself was later convicted of conspiring to file false documents with the federal government, involving insider trading violations, and agreed to pay $100 million in fines and illicit profits.)
When supposed civilized first world nations, are finally serious and outlaw war all wars, punish invaders and elite capitalists pimping conflict mass produced weapons, sanction prosecute skull and bones masterminds creating conflict wars; transcend greed need to orgistrate violence aggression against target human populations, with selected justified reasons translating into persecution demonic forms of suffering misery inflicted ultimately upon innocent civilions; when first world nations devote resources infrastructure science technology into solving world problems, aiding enriching the lives of all people upon this our common shared planet earth, then and only then will we attain utopia paradise, a golden age on earth because we decided to promote peace life; to live and create a beautiful world for all humanity.
(Terence George Craddock September 2015 10.9.2015)
The time has come to go beyond targeting only corporations, it is time to target the meanest greediest business people and politicians supporting this exploitation status quo, it is time to face off with greed corruption, dirty business people and dirty politicians, it is time to reclaim citizenship rights and human rights.
No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
(P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. "Studying For Our Drug Test," Give War A Chance (1992).)
Power corrupts ... when the weak band together in order to ruin the strong, but not before. The will to power ... far from being a characteristic of the strong, is, like envy and greed, among the vices of the weak, and possibly even their most dangerous one.
(Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), U.S. philosopher. The Human Condition, ch. 28 (1958).)