Russell Baker (14 August 1925 – 2019) was an American newspaper columnist, author, humorist, and political satirist, who used good-natured humour to comment slyly and trenchantly on a wide range of social and political matters.
He won two Pulitzer Prizes, one in journalism in1979 , and the other four years later for his autobiography “Growing Up” , his memoir of childhood during the Depression and World War II,

“Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.”

“People seem to enjoy things more when they know a lot of other people have been left out of the pleasure.”

Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories: those that don’t work, those that break down and those that get lost.
The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately to defeat him, and the three major classifications are based on the method each object uses to achieve its purpose. As a general rule, any object capable of breaking down at the moment when it is most needed will do so.”

Malc Easymalc suggested another quote:

“The Government cannot afford to have a country made up entirely of rich people, because rich people pay so little tax that the Government would quickly go bankrupt”.

Russell Baker (14 agosto 1925 – 2019) fu un editorialista, autore, umorista e satirico politico americano, che usò l’umorismo bonario per commentare in modo astuto e tagliente un’ampia gamma di questioni sociali e politiche.
Ottenne due premi Pulitzer, uno in giornalismo nel 1979, l’altro quattro anni dopo per la sua autobiografia “Crescere”, le memorie della sua infanzia durante la Depressione e la Seconda Guerra Mondiale.

“Di solito, le cose terribili che vengono fatte con la scusa che è il progresso che le esige, non sono affatto un progresso, ma solo cose terribili”.

“La gente sembra apprezzare di più le cose quando sa che tante altre persone sono state escluse da quel piacere.”

“Gli oggetti inanimati possono essere classificati scientificamente in tre grandi categorie: quelli che non funzionano, quelli che si rompono e quelli che si perdono.
L’obiettivo di tutti gli oggetti inanimati è resistere all’uomo e alla fine sconfiggerlo, e le tre classificazioni principali si basano sul metodo utilizzato da ciascun oggetto per raggiungere il suo scopo. Come regola generale, qualsiasi oggetto in grado di rompersi nel momento in cui è più necessario, lo farà”.

Malc Easymalc ha suggerito un’altra citazione:

“Il governo non può permettersi di avere un Paese composto solo da ricchi, perché i ricchi pagano così poche tasse che il governo andrebbe rapidamente in bancarotta”.

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  1. Wow. All the quotes are excellent and a very interesting article on Russell Baker. Thank you so much, dear Luisa. I learn something new everyday from you. I will keep saying you are excellent when it comes to research and a meticulous presentation. Great job. Have a fantastic Sunday. ♥️♥️♥️🌹🌹🌹🌹

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  2. I love his type of humour. Here’s another one Luisa –
    “The Government cannot afford to have a country made up entirely of rich people, because rich people pay so little tax that the Government would quickly go bankrupt”.


  3. I love these critical thinkers and their “cut to the chase” sayings. I would have to agree that we all tend to justify our bad choices and actions, by citing previous unrelated cases and actions. Happy Sunday Luisa. Allan

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  4. Luisa ! Russell Beker was right in classifying the inanimate objects into three major categories : 1. Those that don’t work ; 2. Those that break down ; and 3. Those that get lost . And all these inanimate objects are virtually obstacles on the way of human progress as such. These were all philosophical observations of the writer called Russell Baker . Even in the Indian Philosophy , especially in the SHANKHYA Philosophy of Maharishi Kapil , it is said that the ultimate reality of the world is : 1. Parakrity ; and 2. Purush . Purush is the conscious element while Parakrity is the unconscious/inanimate element as such . Parakrity has all the three Gunas (characteristics) : 1. Satva Guna (Reason) ; 2. Rajo Guna (Courage) ; and 3. Tamo Guna (Appétit) . But Purush has no characteristic at all and opposit to Parakrity . And a step ahead to Russell Beker , SHANKHYA Philosophy talks of occasional interaction between the two so that NIRMANA (Evolution) could take place/happen . Thanks Luisa for introducing such a great writer like Beker who had a Philosophical instincts in himself .

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  5. Pearl Buck in her autobiography put to question this whole illusion of inanimation, and unconsciousness in machines. After all, we ourselves are just hamburger until spirit walks in. “Build it and they will come,” eh?

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  6. Russell Baker says it all in the quote about rich people and taxes. Since they control the system, they have so far succeeded in keeping it that way. But the limits of monetizing all of human and non-human life are fast approaching.

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  7. I love this Luisa, the goodness in truth defies the ugliness of greed and oppression. A wisdom/filled share.❤️❤️❤️☕️☕️

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