Obamanomics: Part 2
However, that was Abelard, a 12th century monk, and though perhaps appropriate for a Monastery or Abby at that time, or at least an understandable sentiment from a man whose whole desire and focus was for and on the spirit, it nonetheless betrays the profound ignorance of an often brilliant man. Fore it is during the most rotten of times that surplus is most necessary, as it is surplus that pulls a society through--including, and especially, the poor. Self evident, yes? Any anthropologist or economist worth his salt will tell you that the advance in civilization, understood as diverse complexity, will tell you that advance has proceeded from our ability to produce and increase our surplus.