The wellbeing of nations has become a numbers game.

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We know now that without gender equality and a full role for women in society, in the economy, in governance, we will not be able to achieve the world we hoped for.”

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…we need to broaden the definition of economy beyond capitalism. What if, instead, economy is all the ways that we meet our material needs and care for each other?

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Capital burns off the nuance in a culture.

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While the earnings of the minority are growing exponentially, so, too, is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. The imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation…. A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules…. The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. In this system, which tends to devour everything that stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule.

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The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and the arena of the heart and the head will be occupied or reoccupied, by our real problems -- the problems of life and of human relations, of creation and behavior and religion.

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Economics is failing humanity, in part, because it has lost touch with the original Greek meaning of the word economy, which is concerned with the wise management of the household.

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Money must serve, not rule! The Pope loves everyone, rich and poor alike, but he is obliged in the name of Christ to remind all that the rich must help, respect, and promote the poor. I exhort you to a generous solidarity and to the return of economics and finance to an ethical approach which favors human beings.

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Prosperity knits people to the world. They feel that they are finding their place in it, while really it is finding its place in them.

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I admit to a flaw in my ideology. I could not have believed that the self interest of banks would not prompt them to better protect their stockholders.

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We’re living in a dispensation that is endlessly reinforcing the idea that we are not citizens but economic players. And under that dispensation it’s in nobody’s interest, especially those in power, to encourage or foster the idea that there’s any class difference.

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Financial reform is not a nice to have. It’s a have to have.

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If bankers wrecked the economy, what sense does it make to drug-test the unemployed who need help surviving the wreck?

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The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

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The wise and virtuous man is at all times willing that his own private interest should be sacrificed to the public interest of his own particular order or society.

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It is time to break the silence and open the unmentioned possibility that it is time to let go of Wall Street and build a new economy based on different values and institutions.

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In a way, the global economy might collapse, but Gaia won't, and people's ingenuity won't.

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…there is enough money. It’s just locked up in private investments… So we need no longer ask ourselves, ‘why isn‘t there enough money to so solve social problems? Instead, we ask: ―How can we tap into these enormous private capital flows to create both financial profit and social return?

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The Occupy movement isn’t about toppling the one per cent. It’s about is creating a more beautiful world that works for everybody, including the one percent. You can’t just demand a world of peace.

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Money is like blood. It needs to keep moving around to keep the economy going.

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There is enough for everyone’s need, but not for everyone’s greed.

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We have spoken too long about politics in an economic language where everything has been about growth, efficiency, productivity and wealth, and not enough has been about collective ideals around which we can gather… around which we can be motivated collectively, whether on the issue of justice, inequality, cruelty or unethical behaviour.

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We need a bright shining star to shed light over a nation. That will illuminate a vision that counters the unrelenting pressure to consume and the heavy weight of the almighty dollar. That creates a world, in which ‘caring for and about people is a priority.

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I don’t accept the suggestion that corporations will end up serving the public good voluntarily. The argument that they can deliver services more efficiently must be assessed in terms of accountability, inclusiveness and equity.

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Surely there comes a time when counting the cost and paying the price aren't things to think about any more. All that matters is value — the ultimate value of what one does.

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There is no wealth but life. Life, including all its powers of love, of joy, and of admiration. That country is richest which nourishes the greatest number of noble and happy human beings; that man is richest who, having perfected the functions of his own life to the utmost, has also the widest helpful influence…over the lives of others.

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The current financial system is driving a potential huge environmental and financial catastrophe.

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Capital burns off the nuance in a culture.

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Just like any revolution eats its children, unchecked market fundamentalism can devour the social capital essential for the long-term dynamism of capitalism itself. All ideologies are prone to extremes. Capitalism loses its sense of moderation when the belief in the power of the market enters the realm of faith.

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We need to rediscover a language of dissent. it can't be an economic language since part of the problem is that we have for too long spoken about politics in an economic language where everything has been about growth, efficiency, productivity and wealth, and not enough has been about collective ideals around which we can gather, around which we can get angry together, around which we can be motivated collectively, whether on the issue of justice, inequality, cruelty or unethical behaviour. We have thrown away the language with which to do that. And until we rediscover that language how could we possibly bind ourselves together? –

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In a democracy people don’t sit in the economic and social bleachers; they all play the game.

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In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting.

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We need an economic system that enables the pursuit of true happiness.

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Occupy have touched a moral nerve.

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It is easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism.

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A good community, in other words, is a good local economy.

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