‘The dimension of feeling..’ – ‘The Myth of Efficiency’

‘Thus we can note – and not without cause to worry – that for decades now we have been able to talk about an effective conscious world” which dominates an affective conscious world” in such a way that the affective life is strongly curbed if not repressed and this in an ever increasing way: in this “world of effectivity” pragmatism and intellectual rationalism reign. There is no room for feelings, emotions: for affectivity. The dimension of feeling — and all that concerns the affective life — is considered as lacking in interest and therefore has no place in this world, as it is of no economic or political value. This dimension would only disturb, in a awkward way, the economic processes of development and production.’

– Frans Veldman [1] (Context)

‘..values cannot be measured; values or utilities cannot be added, subtracted, or multiplied. They can only be ranked as better or worse. A man may know that he is or will be happier or less happy, but not by “how much,” not by a measurable quantity.[17]’

– Murray Rothbard [2], (Ethics – ‘The Myth of Efficiency’)

‘Entrepreneurs are accustomed to a manic-depressive economy.’

– Jesús Huerta de Soto (Source, context: ‘The “Manic-Depressive” Economy’)


[1] Confirming Affectivity, the Dawn of Human Life, 2001 (Haptonomy)

[2] Fundamentals of Human Action