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  • "I don’t see why there’s so much fuss about that Equalization of Opportunity Bill," said Betty Pope aggressively, in the tone of an expert on economics.
  • But, my good man, she’s an unusual phenomenon in the field of economics, so you must expect people to talk about her.
  • A passenger, who was a professor of economics, remarked to his companion: "Of what importance is an individual in the titanic collective achievements of our industrial age?"
  • Now is that good economics or sound social efficiency or democratic justice?
  • I believe you’ve met my husband, he’s the teacher of economics who works as linesman for Dick McNamara.
  • Is it economics that you’re talking about?
  • We are useless, according to your economics.
  • We’ll keep the sphere of politics and give you total power over the sphere of economics.
  • That’s not economics!
  • If some man like Hugh Akston had told me, when I started, that by accepting the mystics’ theory of sex I was accepting the looters’ theory of economics, I would have laughed in his face.
  • 9, was a professor of economics who advocated the abolition of private property, explaining that intelligence plays no part in industrial production, that man’s mind is conditioned by material tools, that anybody can run a factory or a railroad and it’s only a matter of seizing the machinery.
  • Frantic cowards who posture as defenders of industrialists now define the purpose of economics as ’an adjustment between the unlimited desires of men and the goods supplied in limited quantity.’
  • Well, one of them is a professor of economics who couldn’t get a job outside, because he taught that you can’t consume more than you have produced-one is a professor of history who couldn’t get a job because he taught that the inhabitants of slums were not the men who made this country-and one is a professor of psychology who couldn’t get a job because he taught that men are capable of thinking.
  • An action not caused by an entity would be caused by a zero, which would mean a zero controlling a thing, a nonentity controlling an entity, the non-existent ruling the existent-which is the universe of your teachers’ desire, the cause of their doctrines of causeless action, the reason of their revolt against reason, the goal of their morality, their politics, their economics, the ideal they strive for: the reign of the zero.
  • …perception —let the head-hunter who does not choose to accept the validity of logic, try to prove it without using logic-let the pigmy who proclaims that a skyscraper needs no foundation after it reaches its fiftieth story, yank the base from under his building, not yours-let the cannibal who snarls that the freedom of man’s mind was needed to create an industrial civilization, but is not needed to maintain it, be given an arrowhead and bearskin, not a university chair of economics.
  • She talked economics, instead of glamor, for press interviews, in the belligerently righteous style of a third-rate tabloid; her economics consisted of the assertion that "we’ve got to help the poor.
  • She talked economics, instead of glamor, for press interviews, in the belligerently righteous style of a third-rate tabloid; her economics consisted of the assertion that "we’ve got to help the poor.

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  • She’s likable, but I won’t vote for her because of her leanings in economics.
  • The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.
    Thomas Sowell

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