Michael Harrington, fully Edward Michael "Mike" Harrington
Harrington, fully Edward Michael "Mike" Harrington
American Democratic Socialist, Writer, Social Critic and Professor of Political Science
Beauty and myths are perennial masks of poverty.
Because the slums are no longer centers of powerful political organizations, the politicians need not really care about their inhabitants.
Capitalism is moving toward its end massively, imperceptibly, like a glacier. Its decadence is cold, not hot.
Capitalist man was accomplishing moral and political virtue as well as observing economic reason when he vigorously pursued his personal gain.
Even when the money finally trickles down, even when a school is built in a poor neighborhood, for instance, the poor are still deprived.
Every President of the United States since Harry Truman has proclaimed that it is the duty of the citizen to consume.
For more than fifty years, the Western world has haunted itself with rumors of its own death.
America has the best-dressed poverty the world has ever known.
Managers receiving hundreds of thousands a year—and setting their compensation for themselves—are not being paid wages, they are appropriating surplus value in the guise of wages.
Our affluent society contains those of talent and insight who are driven to prefer poverty, to choose it, rather than to submit to the desolation of an empty abundance. It is a strange part of the other America that one finds in the intellectual slums.
There are tens of millions of Americans who are beyond the welfare state. Taken as a whole there is a culture of poverty... bad health, poor housing, low levels of aspiration and high levels of mental distress. Twenty per cent of a nation, some 32,000,000.