Of Market-Free Goods

  “Most of what makes life possible is not actually produced to be sold on the market and will be endangered by being treated as such.” - Fred L. Block and Margaret R. Somers, The Power of Market Fundamentalism: Karl Polanyi’s Critique, 2014  

Of the Economic Sphere

  “The economic sphere is as much a site of power as the state.” - Fred L. Block and Margaret R. Somers, The Power of Market Fundamentalism: Karl Polanyi’s Critique, 2014  

Of Conservatism in U.S. Politics

  “In the 1970s, conservatism again became a powerful force in Unites States politics.  Once Ronald Reagan gained the presidency in 1980, the conservative movement began to make significant headway in dismantling much of the New Deal framework.” ...

Of the 1970s Revival of Free Market Ideas

  “Free market theories and policies were successfully revived in the 1970s in response to the perceived failure of New Deal and Great Society policies to address widespread economic and social problems.” - Fred L. Block and Margaret R. Somers,...

Of Keynesianism

  “Keynesian ideas and policy prescriptions had been dominant in the United States from the mid-1930s through the 1960s” - Fred L. Block and Margaret R. Somers, The Power of Market Fundamentalism: Karl Polanyi’s Critique, 2014  

Of the Power Differential Between the Rich and the Poor

  “The top 400 taxpayers in the United States exercise 10,000 times the material power of the average citizen in the bottom 90%.  This differs little from the power differential in Ancient Rome between the Senators, and slaves and farm laborers who...

Of Labor in the United States

  “Income inequality in the United States has increased dramatically since 1981, the labor movement has suffered a precipitous decline in numbers, and ordinary citizens are substantially less protected from risks that diminish their incomes.” -...

Of Friedrich Hayek's Free-Market Ideas

  “Friedrich Hayek is arguably the thinker most central to the revival of free-market ideas in the twentieth century.” - Fred L. Block and Margaret R. Somers, The Power of Market Fundamentalism: Karl Polanyi’s Critique, 2014  

Of Government Compulsion and Markets

  “Historically government policies and the explicit use of compulsion are necessary to construct and maintain markets.” - Fred L. Block and Margaret R. Somers, The Power of Market Fundamentalism: Karl Polanyi’s Critique, 2014  

Of Society and Political Power

  “No society is possible without political power and constraint.” - Fred L. Block and Margaret R. Somers, The Power of Market Fundamentalism: Karl Polanyi’s Critique, 2014  

Of England's Industrial Revolution

  “In the early years of England’s Industrial Revolution, men, women, and children were for the first time treated as commodities subject only to buying and selling on markets.” - Fred L. Block and Margaret R. Somers, The Power of Market...

Of Social Livelihoods

  “Social livelihoods cannot be reduced to material quantification.” - Fred L. Block and Margaret R. Somers, The Power of Market Fundamentalism: Karl Polanyi’s Critique, 2014  

Of Early Capitalism

  “The human degradation of the laboring classes under early capitalism was the result of a social catastrophe not measurable in economic terms.” - Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time, 1944  

Of the Classical Newtonian Laws of Physics

  “According to the classical laws of physics developed by Isaac Newton and taught today in high school, the positions and velocities of objects characterize the world fully.  Those quantities at one instant reflect how everything got to where it...

Of Space

  “Space is not mere absence, but a thing in its own right.” - George Musser, Spooky Action at a Distance, 2015      

Of Temperature

  “A single water molecule has no temperature.  Temperature becomes meaningful when molecules collide and exchange energy.  If you mix cold and hot water, the cold warms up, the hot cools off, until they equalize.  Before equilibrium, the water is...

Of Holographic Principle

  “The holographic principle is a way to generate space, but it can also generate time.” - George Musser, Spooky Action at a Distance, 2015  

Of Science

  “We look to science for answers, but scientists are driven by questions, and to them an answer is merely a prelude to another question.” - George Musser, science writer, journalist and editor  

Of Scientists

  “We expect scientists to speak as one, but the very idea of speaking as one is alien to science.” - George Musser, science writer, journalist and editor  

Of Good Ideas

  “Good ideas tend to produce more good ideas – bad ones tend to lead nowhere.” - Leonard Susskind, American physicist  

Of Good Ideas

  “Good ideas have a kind of Darwinian survival value that bad ideas don’t.” - Leonard Susskind, American physicist  

Of Truth

  “Truth is the judgment of posterity; until then, fertility matters more.” - George Musser, science writer, journalist and editor  

Of Successful and Compelling Ideas

  “The success of any scientific or artistic creation is decided less by what it is than by what it provokes.” - George Musser, science writer, journalist and editor  

Of Ideas

  “What breathes life into ideas, at least in the short term, is not whether they are right or wrong, but whether they get other people thinking.” - George Musser, science writer, journalist and editor