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Scarcity

  • In a business society, the emotional economy is an economy of scarcity.

  • It is in the best interests of those in power to continue to feed the scarcity myth, that there is not enough to go around: not enough food, housing, medical care, child care, grants, contracts, jobs.

    • Paula Ross,
    • "Women, Oppression, Privilege, and Competition," in Valerie Miner and Helen E. Longino, eds., Competition ()
  • When there is a world scarcity of any commodity, whether it's food or free speech, then the whole world must go on rations in order that eventually the whole world may have it again in plenty.

    • Jan Struther,
    • "Freedom of Speech," A Pocketful of Pebbles ()
  • Poverty on both a personal and worldwide level is supported by our collective belief in scarcity.

  • ... an assumption deeply integral to capitalism has been absorbed by all of us, since it is reflected in so much of what we see. I have called this the Scarcity Theory, not enough to go around: not enough love, not enough time, not enough appointments at the foodstamps office, not enough food stamps, not enough money, not enough seats on the subway. It's pervasive. We learn mistrust of each other, bone deep: everything is skin off somebody's nose.

    • Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz,
    • "To Be a Radical Jew in the Late Twentieth Century," in Christian McEwen and Sue O'Sullivan, eds., Out the Other Side ()