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Barbara Ehrenreich

Data di nascita: 26. Agosto 1941

Barbara Ehrenreich è attivista (femminista), giornalista.


„Il mercato, che molto tempo fa si allargò a comprendere i rapporti di produzione, si è ora allargato a comprendere tutte le relazioni.“

„Nella povertà, come nella fisica, le condizioni di partenza sono tutto.“


„Lavorare è ciò che fai per gli altri; fumare è ciò che fai per te. Strano che i promotori delle campagne contro il fumo non abbiano colto l’elemento di auto-maternage che lega questo vizio alle sue vittime: è come se, nei posti di lavoro americani, l’unica proprietà indiscussa del lavoratore siano il tumore delle vie respiratorie e i momenti liberi dedicati al suo accadimento.“

„Allora perché la gente continua a guardare. La risposta, ormai, dovrebbe essere perfettamente chiara: noi amiamo la televisione perché la televisione ci porta in un mondo in cui la televisione non esiste. In realtà, nel profondo del loro cuore, questo è quello a cui le patate ambiscono di più: una nuova e ricca vita partecipativa.“

„L'esercizio fisico è la versione yuppie della bulimia.“

„Se ti chiedi perché gli americani sono così obesi, considera il fatto che le cameriere esprimono la loro umanità e si guadagnano le mance attraverso la distribuzione nascosta dei grassi.“

„Il matrimonio è socialismo tra due persone.“

„La selezione naturale, così come essa ha operato nella storia umana, non favorisce soltanto gli intelligenti, ma anche gli omicidi.“


„Of all the nasty outcomes predicted for women's liberation... none was more alarming than the suggestion that women would eventually become just like men.“

„What you don't necessarily realize when you start selling your time by the hour is that what you're really selling is your.“ Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

„No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.“

„When someone works for less pay than she can live on — when, for example, she goes hungry so that you can eat more cheaply and conveniently — then she has made a great sacrifice for you, she has made you a gift of some part of her abilities, her health, and her life. The 'working poor,' as they are approvingly termed, are in fact the major philanthropists of our society. They neglect their own children so that the children of others will be cared for; they live in substandard housing so that other homes will be shiny and perfect; they endure privation so that inflation will be low and stock prices high. To be a member of the working poor is to be an anonymous donor, a nameless benefactor, to everyone else.“ Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America


„I was raised the old-fashioned way, with a stern set of moral principles: Never lie, cheat, steal or knowingly spread a venereal disease. Never speed up to hit a pedestrian or, or course, stop to kick a pedestrian who has already been hit. From which it followed, of course, that one would never ever -- on pain of deletion from dozens of Christmas card lists across the country -- vote Republican.“

„I grew up hearing over and over, to the point of tedium, that "hard work" was the secret of success: "Work hard and you'll get ahead" or "It's hard work that got us where we are." No one ever said that you could work hard - harder even than you ever thought possible - and still find yourself sinking ever deeper into poverty and debt.“ Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

„I do not write this in a spirit of sourness or personal disappointment of any kind, nor do I have any romantic attachment to suffering as a source of insight or virtue. On the contrary, I would like to see more smiles, more laughter, more hugs, more happiness and, better yet, joy. In my own vision of utopia, there is not only more comfort, and security for everyone — better jobs, health care, and so forth — there are also more parties, festivities, and opportunities for dancing in the streets. Once our basic material needs are met — in my utopia, anyway — life becomes a perpetual celebration in which everyone has a talent to contribute. But we cannot levitate ourselves into that blessed condition by wishing it. We need to brace ourselves for a struggle against terrifying obstacles, both of our own making and imposed by the natural world. And the first step is to recover from the mass delusion that is positive thinking.“ Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

„But the economic meltdown should have undone, once and for all, the idea of poverty as a personal shortcoming or dysfunctional state of mind. The lines at unemployment offices and churches offering free food includes strivers as well as slackers, habitual optimists as well as the chronically depressed. When and if the economy recovers we can never allow ourselves to forget how widespread our vulnerability is, how easy it is to spiral down toward destitution.“ Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

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