Gore Vidal Quotes

This country has been economically successful because of cheap energy and cheap labor and we are never going to have these again.

 
Context
At the time Vidal, who shared this view with many economists, had no inkling of the digital revolution that the PC and Internet would bring, nor the other phenomena that eliminated the need for cheap labor — robotics and offshoring. Nor could he have foreseen the development of fracking making America virtually energy independent as it was before WWII. It appears that the problem has shifted from Vidal's issues, to that of what do we do with the American citizens who do not have advanced skills nor do we have methods of educating them and training them to this level. The quotation illustrates that it is always difficult predicting the future, but particularly hazardous when it comes to economics.
Gore Vidal
Gore Vidal
  • Born: October 3, 1925
  • Died: July 31, 2012
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Writer, Novelist, Essayist, Playwright, Screenwriter, Actor

Eugene Luther Gore Vidal was an American writer and public intellectual known for his patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and polished style of writing.