„In the affluent world we have had capitalism in one form or another for a couple of centuries. That is how countries of the West became "the affluent world." Capitalism has given people both the liberty and the incentive to create, produce, and trade, thereby generating preosperity.“


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„Demographics need not be destiny. The West became the best not by out-breeding the undeveloped world... but because of human capital; people of superior ideas and abilities, capable of innovation, exploration, science, philosophy.“

— Ilana Mercer South African writer
“The ‘We Need To Have A Conversation’ Malarkey,” http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2015/03/30/the-we-need-to-have-a-conversation-malarkey/ The Libertarian Alliance, March 30, 2015.

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„What the world did not deem possible the German people have achieved…. It is already war history how the German Armies defeated the legions of capitalism and plutocracy. After forty-five days this campaign in the West was equally and emphatically terminated.“

— Adolf Hitler Führer and Reich Chancellor of Germany, Leader of the Nazi Party 1889 - 1945
“Adolf Hitler’s Order of the Day Calling for Invasion of Yugoslavia and Greece,” Berlin, (April 6, 1941), New York Times, April 7, 1941

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„I care not how affluent some may be, provided that none be miserable in consequence of it.“

— Thomas Paine English and American political activist 1737 - 1809
Context: I care not how affluent some may be, provided that none be miserable in consequence of it. But it is impossible to enjoy affluence with the felicity it is capable of being enjoyed, while so much misery is mingled in the scene.

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„We must finally understand that of all the precious capital in the world, the most precious capital, the most decisive capital, is human beings.“

— Joseph Stalin General secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1878 - 1953
Address to the Graduates from the Red Army Academies http://marx2mao.com/Stalin/GRA35.html. (4 May 1935); Variant translation: Human resources solve all! http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/2495035?uid=3738776&uid=2&uid=4&sid=21104844992271

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„John Kenneth Galbraith doesn't get enough praise. The Affluent Society is a great insight, and has become so much a part of our understanding of contemporary capitalism that we forget where it began. It's like reading Hamlet and deciding it's full of quotations.“

— Amartya Sen Indian economist 1933
Amartya Sen, quoted in Jonathan Steele, " Last of the old-style liberals http://www.theguardian.com/education/2002/apr/06/socialsciences.highereducation", The Guardian (2002)

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„The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.“

— Erich Fromm German social psychologist and psychoanalyst 1900 - 1980

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„The development of fixed capital indicates in still another respect the degree of development of wealth generally, or of capital…“

— Karl Marx German philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist and revolutionary socialist 1818 - 1883
Context: The development of fixed capital indicates in still another respect the degree of development of wealth generally, or of capital… The creation of a large quantity of disposable time apart from necessary labour time for society generally and each of its members (i. e. room for the development of the individuals’ full productive forces, hence those of society also), this creation of not-labour time appears in the stage of capital, as of all earlier ones, as not-labour time, free time, for a few. What capital adds is that it increases the surplus labour time of the mass by all the means of art and science, because its wealth consists directly in the appropriation of surplus labour time; since value directly its purpose, not use value. It is thus, despite itself, instrumental in creating the means of social disposable time, in order to reduce labour time for the whole society to a diminishing minimum, and thus to free everyone’s time for their own development. But its tendency always, on the one side, to create disposable time, on the other, to convert it into surplus labour... The mass of workers must themselves appropriate their own surplus labour. Once they have done so – and disposable time thereby ceases to have an antithetical existence – then, on one side, necessary labour time will be measured by the needs of the social individual, and, on the other, the development of the power of social production will grow so rapidly that, even though production is now calculated for the wealth of all, disposable time will grow for all. For real wealth is the developed productive power of all individuals. The measure of wealth is then not any longer, in any way, labour time, but rather disposable time. Labour time as the measure of value posits wealth itself as founded on poverty, and disposable time as existing in and because of the antithesis to surplus labour time; or, the positing of an individual’s entire time as labour time, and his degradation therefore to mere worker, subsumption under labour. The most developed machinery thus forces the worker to work longer than the savage does, or than he himself did with the simplest, crudest tools. Notebook VII, The Chapter on Capital, pp. 628–629.

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„Whitehall, on being "posh", or coming from an affluent background“

— Jack Whitehall British comedian, television presenter and actor 1988
Hattenstone, Simon (14 December 2013), "Comedians and their parents: Jack Whitehall and father Michael" https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2013/dec/14/jack-whitehall-michael-whitehall-backchat, The Guardian. Retrieved September 25, 2017.