“I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.” – Stephen Jay Gould, evolutionary biologist.
Pundits for capitalism argue that so-called free markets advance the cause of human liberty, but as evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould argues here, capitalism in fact subjugates the overwhelming mass of individuals, denying them their free development for the sake of the power and profit for a few.
My Mom used to tell me a similar thing when we would go grocery shopping together when I was a kid. “How many Beethoven’s are stuck bagging groceries?”
Just as much though, and this theme penetrated all of Gould’s work, it also raises the problem of the use and supposed “objectivity” of science in an oppressive society. Who are the beneficiaries of scientific advancement when the overwhelming majority of people in a society are oppressed?
You can find some of Gould’s more political writing here.
For total human liberation! For socialism
PS. My friend Patrick posted this quote to Facebook, which inspired me to put this blog up.