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What would Chesterton make of our mess?Views: 870
Nov 08, 2008 12:57 amWhat would Chesterton make of our mess?#

Joseph Lynders

From the November 2008 Gilbert magazine:

"What would Chesterton Make of this mess? A quote from As I Was Saying sums up these faults succinctly. "For they hold as their chief heresy, in a coarcer form, the fundamental falsehood that things are not made to be used but made to be sold. All the collapse of their commercial system in our own time has been due to that fallacy of forcing things on a market where there was no market; of continually increasing the power of supply without increasing the power of demand; or briefly, of always considering the man who sells the potato and never considering the man who eats it.""

NOTE: Chesterton died seventy two years ago.

Have a good IDea today,

Joseph F. Lynders FTg/M/T

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Nov 14, 2008 8:04 amre: What would Chesterton make of our mess?#

John Stephen Veitch
Hello Joseph

Too often businesses do what makes money for them at the expense of their customers or of the community in which they operate.

"Making things to be sold that cannot be used, might be one way to put it."


"In this new business world, companies have a responsibility to protect the environment, to produce products and services that enhance, not harm, the community, and to pay the people who work in the business fair and real incomes. Critical to these objectives is the ability of the community to see inside the structure of companies, and review their decision making process. The community can only be protected against abuse if sunlight can shine on the decision making of the BOD and on the financial transactions of the organization."

John Stephen Veitch
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