The Grand Experiment has begun. If it works–if expenditure on armaments really does cure unemployment–I predict that we shall never go back all the way to the old state of affairs. Good may come out of evil. We may learn a trick or two, which will come in useful when the day of peace comes.
We shall once more value ends above means and prefer the good to the useful. We shall honour those who can teach us how to pluck the hour and the day virtuously and well, the delightful people who are capable of taking direct enjoyment in things, the lilies of the field who toil not, neither do they spin.
To those who sweat for their daily bread leisure is a longed-for sweet — until they get it.
The strenuous purposeful money-makers may carry all of us along with them into the lap of economic abundance. But it will be those peoples, who can keep alive, and cultivate into a fuller perfection, the art of life itself and do not sell themselves for the means of life, who will be able to enjoy the abundance when it comes.
The economic history of the major world powers in the last 2,000 years, in a single graph.
A 12-year-old Victoria Grant’s exquisite critique of the banking system, concluding with a proposed solution. She’s speaking about Canada, but the gist applies to just about any industrialized nation.
(ᔥ Dangerous Minds)