It is always sound business to take any obtainable net gain, at any cost and at any risk to the rest of the community.

No one travelling on a business trip would be missed if he failed to arrive.


Servants should not only show a servile disposition, but it is quite as imperative that they should show a trained conformity to the canons of conspicuous subservience.

Labor wants pride and joy in doing good work, a sense of making or doing something beautiful or useful – to be treated with dignity and respect as brother and sister.

The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before.

All business sagacity [The quality of being discerning, sound in judgment, and farsighted; wisdom] reduces itself in the last analysis to judicious use of sabotage.

Thorstein Veblen 1857 – 1929

Veblen good — commodities for which people’s preference for buying them increases as their price increases, as greater price confers greater status, instead of decreasing according to the law of demand; conspicuous consumption; status-seeking; positional good


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