Michael Harrington, fully Edward Michael "Mike" Harrington
Harrington, fully Edward Michael "Mike" Harrington
American Democratic Socialist, Writer, Social Critic and Professor of Political Science
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.
For the middle class, the police protect property, give directions, and help old ladies. For the urban poor, the police are those who arrest you.
How can one defend the sober virtues of Protestant individualism by disaffiliating from the world?
In the Protestant version of the capitalist morality, riches were the reward of the righteously ascetic.
Once man understands that he is caught up in a blind energy, he transcends it. There is light in the darkness.
One cannot raise the bottom of a society without benefiting everyone above.
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.