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That is actually a very good quote. It has implications within the kind of economics theorizing that I am doing at present. I do not fully understand all of the implications, but I would certainly agree that it is very hard to understand money if understanding that would mean you lose your money — or your job “making” money. Which is what banks do, as some person now understand. Still, this is only one aspect of not understanding something because your salary (or even the economy itself!) depends on your lack of understanding. Deep subject. Sinclair was, as of 1975, not considered a “worthy” author. This is because he is considered simplistic, not deep enough. This is acc. to a book by Jon A. Yoder. I read those things.
Sinclair said, “the purpose of all writing is to communicate with other people…” He had some nice ideas. Yoder reviews and comments him in “Upton Sinclair,” from 1975. Frederick Ungar Publishing, New York. —- of which I only read the first few pages of, as per my usual autistic reading ability. I’ll read more. I promise.
I thought I used to have another book by Yoder. But it does not show up on the internet search engines. A mystery? Probably Upton Sinclair could have solved it, as he seems to simplistically have solved every social problem that existed, albeit in his books!!! In Europe, Sinclair seems to be very well-esteemed as a major American author but what do they know.
H.L. Mencken wrote this to Sinclair: “To hell with Socialism! The longer I live the more I am convinced that the common people are doomed to be diddled forever. You are fighting a vain fight. But you must be having a lot of fun.”
And precisely because Sinclair’s books do not seem so difficult we could do well to read ’em. They might be good. He seems to have written an awfully lot of them too. He also seems (from what I hear) to come from Baltimore, same as Mencken, but Mencken’s family sold cigars and Sinclair’s dad sold whiskey. Sinclair became a Socialist and hated alcohol, while Mencken is know as an aristocratic conservative, and, I presume, never stopped liking cigars. All of which I say, b.t.w., needs to be fact-checked as I am a notoriously confused person.
Howdy S-Man. So much of our society depends on the ignorance of its citizens; a sad but true comment. With that in mind, do we really want to continue down such a path? As for quotes and their origins, I would never allow the weight of a quote to be dictated by the speaker of the words. If the words speak truth and carry meaning for all (whether they agree or not), that is good enough for me. A book with bad reviews may have more to offer than a New York Times Best Seller’s List record holder. Then again, it may be trash. 😉 My point being, you (the reader) be the judge. A good recommendation from a friend far outweighs a good review from the media any day. As for fact checking, there’s never a bad time for that regardless of the source. Believe nothing, but understand as much as possible. Question everything, including yourself. I know I do. Thanks for your input. 🙂
“…the common people are doomed to be diddled forever” means that this is just the nature of things. Nobody can change that. The world needs to hear the truth about economics. But no one is telling them. I have that truth. What do you want me to do? I already posted it, on my blog. Not one person on this whole earth read it.
We the people have been getting diddled for quite some time now, and chances are that won’t change any time soon, but we all know nothing lasts forever. People aren’t volunteering (in most cases) for this diddling, and once they are aware of it, they will insist it comes to a stop. If you have a message that will open their eyes, don’t give up. Plenty of days go by that leave me feeling like I’m talking to myself, but every now and then someone pops in to let me know my efforts aren’t going to waste. My suggestion to you is: be firm, fair and consistent. Tell your friends, family, post it on Facebook, Google+, Twitter or anywhere else you post what’s on your mind. Sooner or later someone is going to listen and then you go from there. If it means something to you, it’s worth sharing. It won’t always be easy, but try to keep a smile on your face, a song in your heart and your eyes on the future.