Donald Sassoon

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… conservatives are ideologically committed to capitalism, and do not object to being guided by market signals, while socialists have had to accept, often unwittingly, that capitalist prosperity is an indispensable condition for social welfare and working-class well-being. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
… governments must serve capitalism by establishing and maintain a framework which enables capitalism to develop. It can induce it to grow, but cannot command it to do so. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
… in the quality and range of women’s higher education, retrograde Tsarist Russia had no peer in Europe, and was second only to the U. S. A. Russian wives could own property, while in ‘advanced’ Victorian Britain, they were entirely propertyless…. The University of Calcutta gave degrees to women in 1883, decades before Oxford and Cambridge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
… socialists, along with a motley crowd of professional anti-communists and cold warriors, blindly defended American intervention even as the last CIA agent was boarding the last helicopter out of Saigon in 1975 War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
… the unfortunate but inevitable connection between the word “socialism” and the unmitigated crucifixion of Civil Liberties in the East [Eastern Europe dominated by the Russian Communist Party. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A highly efficient and profitable capitalist system would make possible a welfare state, redistribution of income and greater social opportunities for all.. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
A woman’s point of view is something which cannot be defined. Women, like men, have different views. No political stance could receive the approval of all women. Minorities & Women
Capital has never been circumcised by state boundaries …. The welfare of … electorates depends on capitalism. The reverse is not always the case. Capital can relocate elsewhere; electorates cannot. Foreign Trade ;Capitalism
Controlling capitalism has proved far more difficult than controlling anything else, because capitalism is based on the control of the many by the few—the reverse of the conventional definition of political democracy. Regulation & Deregulation ;Capitalism
Democracies are much better at adapting to modernization than other systems. Democracies & Republics
Democratic politics—that is modern mass politics—is a battlefield in which the most important move is that which decides what the battle is about, what the issue is. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Economic prosperity is a great engine for change. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Foreign policy is the most constraining form of policy-making Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
History is about what people do within the limits of their landscape, their needs, and their past. History
In 1955, Cuba had a life expectancy of 59.5 years, shorter than Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay… In 1985 the average Cuban could expect to live until the age of 75, longer than anyone else in Latin America and just short of the average American (75.9 years). Cuba’s children were the best fed and the level of literacy was the highest [in Latin America]. Development & Growth
In a mixed economy the public sector remains constrained by the overarching requirement of maintaining an efficient and profitable private sector. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
In most countries, class, education, religion, and regions are better predictors of voting behavior than sex. Voters, Voting & Elections
In politics, it is difficult to choose one’s friends. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In politics, which of two explanations is the “true” one is not quite as important as their respective political implications. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In the developed world, income inequality within the country is the most important determinant of health standards and life expectancy. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Inflation appears to affect the entire electorate, though in reality those able to increase their earnings at the same rate of inflation would not suffer unduly. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Laws are often made to express collective ethical principles, to establish a climate of opinion … Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Logic and politics have little in common. Successful political ideologies and parties have little in common. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Modern trade unions understood that deciphering a balance sheet was more important than decoding Das Kapital. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
Not many people appear to advocate—although most a quite prepared to tolerate—a society where some people are worth less than others. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Nowhere in interwar Europe did the Communists succeed in establishing a dominant position within the vaster socialist movement. They lost every electoral battle they fought. At best (in Germany in the 1920s and France in the 1930s), they were a minority force of some significance. At worst (in Italy in the 1920s and Germany in the 1930s), they were pulverized by right-wing authoritarian regimes. By the late 1930s, the international communist movement was in grave danger. Communism was saved by World War II. History
The labor movement was ill-equipped to deal with the new inequalities arising almost inevitably from the less secure, part time and low paid nature of women’s occupations. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
The problem with foreign policy constraints is that once they are accepted they are seldom questioned again. In the maelstrom of politics, as one limps from crisis to crisis, it is always comforting to have a set of apparently immutable parameters. They remove the need for much agonizing indecision. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The Russian Communists faced a problem older than themselves, a problem that had pervaded their country throughout much of the nineteenth century: modernization. The consciousness of Russia's backwardness obsessed and united the elites. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The USA [is] the only society to be born both ‘modern’ and ‘democratic’. Democracies & Republics
The women of Finland had been enfranchised in 1906, when their country was a rural backwater of Northern Europe and still a dependency of the Czar. Voters, Voting & Elections
Wealth may not necessarily be the decisive element in the progress of women, but it does create the conditions for further emancipation and equality. Equality & Equal Opportunity
When capitalism changes, so must socialism. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Capitalism