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A Political Contradictionary from A to Z

ATRIOTISM is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched.
Guy de Maupassant

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
Oscar Wilde

see also Punishment, Capital pacifist, peace, poetry, politics, power,

PRICES: which usually do not reflect pesky indirect costs. Take for example. the trees in the Yangtze River basin -- they are 3 times more valuable as flood control than the wealth/income their lumber would generate...not unlike Enron: "we focus on key economic indicators like economic growth and the increase in international trade and investment, and the situation looks good. But if we incorporate all the indirect costs that the market omits when setting prices, a very different picture emerges."
Lester Brown, Plan B 3.0 page 8.

see also VALUE

The physics of scooters tells us which way to lean.
The logic of grammar helps us say what we mean.
The invention of wheels and finally, letters,
helped shake off the limits imposed by the fetters
we naked apes knew in our caves by the fire.
Progress they call it. New things to desire.
War machines roll to a demagogue's speech.
The planet's cursed resources extended our reach
well beyond grasping. Now physics and logic
conspire to turn our Blue Marble toxic.