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  •  Creating goods and services, maybe. (0+ / 0-)

    But of course that's not all it's about.  Just ask Upton Sinclair.

    The '60s were simply an attempt to get the 21st Century started early....Well, what are we waiting for? There's no deadline on a dream!

    by Panurge on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 08:20:35 PM PST

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    •  The muck-racking journalist (0+ / 0-)

      who wrote the best-selling book "The Jungle" and used the bundle of money he made off it to start an experimental utopia in Jersey?

      I didn't know he worked for the FDA.

      Seriously, doesn't Upton Sinclair undermine your point above about private forces not being able to monitor food processors?  Sinclair, as much as anyone, created the FDA.  As is so often the case, the government was following, not leading.

      Results count for more than intentions do.

      by VA Classical Liberal on Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 07:00:44 AM PST

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      •  Uptoin Sinclair created the public uproar (1+ / 0-)
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        that led to the formation of the FDA.

        "The Jungle" is another of those books that everybody has heard of but few have read. (I haven't either.) From what I hear, he intended to write a sob story about the hard lives of the poor and downtrodden - but what most people took from it was a scathing denunciation of the meat industry. (He is quoted as saying, "I aimed for the public's heart, and hit it in the stomach.")

        If it's
        Not your body
        Then it's
        Not your choice
        AND it's
        None of your damn business!

        by TheOtherMaven on Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 06:52:36 PM PST

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