It is an axiom, enforced by all the experience of the ages, that they who rule industrially will rule politically.
Author: Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960)
Profession: British Labor Politician
Industry has operated against the artisan in favor of the idler, and also in favor of capital and against labor. Any mechanical invention whatsoever has been more harmful to humanity than a century of war.
Author: Remy De Gourmont (1858-1915)
Profession: French Novelist, Philosopher, Poet, Playwright
Colonial system, public debts, heavy taxes, protection, commercial wars, etc., these offshoots of the period of manufacture swell to gigantic proportions during the period of infancy of large-scale industry. The birth of the latter is celebrated by a vast, Hero-like slaughter of the innocents.
Author: Karl Marx (1818-1883)
Profession: German Political Theorist, Social Philosopher
We have created an industrial order geared to automatism, where feeble-mindedness, native or acquired, is necessary for docile productivity in the factory; and where a pervasive neurosis is the final gift of the meaningless life that issues forth at the other end.
Author: Lewis Mumford (1895-1990)
Profession: American Social Philosopher
It has been my fate in a long life of production to be credited chiefly with the equivocal virtue of industry, a quality so excellent in morals, so little satisfactory in art.
Author: Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897)
Profession: British Novelist, Historian
The reality is that zero defects in products plus zero pollution plus zero risk on the job is equivalent to maximum growth of government plus zero economic growth plus runaway inflation.
Author: Dixie Lee Ray (1914-1994)
Profession: American Educator, Governor, Zoologist
The great cry that rises from all our manufacturing cities, louder than the furnace blast, is all in very deed for this -- that we manufacture everything there except men.
Author: John Ruskin (1819-1900)
Profession: British Critic, Social Theorist
In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create.
Author: Raoul Vaneigem (1934)
Profession: Belgian Situationist Philosopher