Of Financial Services

  “Adair Turner, former chairman of the UK Financial Services Authority, has called much financial innovation ‘socially useless.’” —Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky, How Much Is Enough?: Money and the Good Life, 2012  

Of the Poor

  “It is our duty to help the poor wherever they might be.” —Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky, How Much Is Enough?: Money and the Good Life, 2012  

Of the Market

  “The market shapes the very preferences it claims to satisfy.” —Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky, How Much Is Enough?: Money and the Good Life, 2012  

Of Overwork and Overspending

  “Reducing the pressure to consume is an important way of reducing the pressure to work, because we work mainly to consume, so the less we want to consume, the less we will want to work.  Yet our society promotes conspicuous and extravagant...

Of a Basic Income

  “The argument that a basic income—one that lifts all citizens above the poverty line—is unaffordable is ceasing to be true in rich societies.” —Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky, How Much Is Enough?: Money and the Good Life, 2012  

Of Nature

  “Nature’s value is intrinsic, not instrumental.” —Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky, How Much Is Enough?: Money and the Good Life, 2012  

Of Environmental Ethics

  “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community.  It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” —Aldo Leopold, early pioneer of environmental ethics  

Of the Welfare of Future Generations

  “The welfare of future generations should count for something with us, if not as much as the welfare of the living, and we should therefore take pains not to leave the world a desert.” —Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky, How Much Is...

Of Scarcity

  “New sources of scarcity, resulting from population growth and depletion of natural resources, imperil our future.” —Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky, How Much Is Enough?: Money and the Good Life, 2012  

Of Tradition

  “When a historical tradition destroys a basic good, justice requires its abandonment.” —Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky, How Much Is Enough?: Money and the Good Life, 2012  

Of Suffering

  “Suffering produced hysteria, and hysteria produced Adolf Hitler.” —Bertrand Russell, Human Society in Ethics and Politics, 1954  

Of Hate

  “When you hate, you generate a reciprocal hate.” —Bertrand Russell, Human Society in Ethics and Politics, 1954  

Of Individual and Species

  “We are not merely individuals but members of a species.” —Bertrand Russell, Human Society in Ethics and Politics, 1954  

Of Sympathy

  “Perhaps the best hope for the future of mankind is that ways will be found of increasing the scope and intensity of sympathy.” —Bertrand Russell, Human Society in Ethics and Politics, 1954  

Of Radical Right-Wing Terrorism

  Donald Trump often criticized Barack Obama for not using the adjective “Islamic” in front of “terrorism”.  Why does Trump not use “fascist”, “neo-nazi”, “white supremacist”, etc. in front of radical right-wing “terrorism”?   

Of Ideological Hatred

  Those who express an ideology hatred are not morally equivalent to those who protest an ideology of hatred.   

Of a Nation's Crimes

  “States should confess their crimes, and those that genuinely repent should be forgiven.  Voters should vote for politicians who confess the country’s crimes rather than those who do not.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Government Purpose

  “No doctrine is acceptable which declares that ‘the purpose of government is so and so’, assigning one and only one right purpose to all governments at all times.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of the Idolatry of Ideological Consciousness

  Beware the idolatry of everyday consciousness.  The lag of public opinion is largely because of this idolization, this veneration of everyday consciousness.  Ideology critique is a task of philosophy.   

Of Conservative Ways

  There are traditions, customs, institutions, practices, conventions, ideas, habits, laws, rituals, routines, norms, and ways of life that have come down to us from less civilized times.  Conservatives forget this fact.  Old practices and...

Of Private Ownership

  “Goods in which there can be private ownership can, at least in theory, be sufficiently supplied to everybody.” —Bertrand Russell, Human Society in Ethics and Politics, 1954  

Of Uneven Distribution of Material Goods

  “The main objection to an uneven distribution is that it causes envy and hatred in the less fortunate, leading to fear and correlative hatred in the more fortunate.” —Bertrand Russell, Human Society in Ethics and Politics, 1954  

Of Greed and Fear

  “Capitalism did not invent greed and fear: they are deep in human nature.  But, unlike its predecessor feudal civilization, which had the [Christian or other] grace to condemn greed, capitalism celebrates it.” —Gerald Allan Cohen, Why Not...

Of the Welfare State

  “A welfare state takes a great deal of provision for need out of the market system.” —Gerald Allan Cohen, Why Not Socialism?, 2009  

Of Thinking

  “It is not easy to abandon ways of thinking.” —Russell Wheeler Davenport, The Dignity of Man, 1955