OLD BOOKS, Part II: Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, by E. F. Schumacher

“Call a thing immoral or ugly, soul-destroying or a degradation of man, a peril to the peace of the world or to the wellbeing of future generations; as long as you have not shown it to be ‘uneconomic,’ you have not really questioned its right to exist, grow, and prosper.”

OLD BOOKS, Part I: The Captive Mind, by Czeslaw Milosz

“Still we lived; and since we were writers, we tried to write. True, from time to time one of us dropped out, shipped off to a concentration camp or shot. There was no help for this. We were like people marooned on a dissolving floe of ice; we dared not think of the moment when it would melt away.”