" American private enterprise
is confronted with this choice; it may strike out and save its
position all over the world, or sit by and witness its own funeral....
We must set the pace and assume the responsibility of the majority
stockholder in this corporation known as the world.... This is
a permanent obligation.... Our foreign policy will be more concerned
with the safety and stability of our foreign investments than
ever before. "
Standard Oil of New Jersey executive,
POCLAD - Richard L. Grossman
"Capitalism is the extraordinary
belief that the nastiest of men for the nastiest of motives will
somehow work for the benefit of all."
John Maynard Keynes
" Few trends could so
thoroughly undermine the very foundations of our free society
as the acceptance by corporate officials of a social responsibility
other than to make as much money for their stockholders as possible.
Neo-liberal economist Milton Friedman
in his 1962 book Capitalism and Freedom
" I hope we shall crush
in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which
dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength
and bid defiance to the laws of our country. "
Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US president
" The modern conservative
is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy:
that is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
John Kenneth Galbraith, economist