You Can't Escape God, 1978
The American Economic Foundation devised list of the ten pillars provides a handy list economic facts of life.
American Economic Foundation
Ten Pillars of Economic Wisdom
1. Nothing in our material world can come from nowhere or go nowhere, nor can it be free: everything in our economic life has a source, a destination and a cost that must be paid.
2. Government is never a source of goods. Everything produced is produced by the people, and everything that government gives to the people, it must take from the people.
3. The only valuable money that government has to spend is that money taxed or borrowed out of the people's
earning. When government decides to spend more than it has
thus received, that extra unearned money is created out of
thin air, through the banks, and, when spent, takes on
value only by reducing the value of all money, savings and
4. In our modern exchange economy, all payroll and
employment come from customers, and the only worthwhile job
security is customer security, If there are not customers,
there can be no payroll and no jobs.
5. Customer security can be achieved by the worker only when he cooperates with management in doing the things that win and hold customers. Job security, therefore, is a
partnership problem that can be solved only in a spirit of
understanding and cooperation.
6. Because wages are the principal cost of everything, widespread wage increases, without corresponding increases in production, simply increase the cost of everybody's living.
7. The greatest good for the greatest number means, in its material sense, the greatest goods for the greatest
number which,in turn, means the greatest productivity per
8. All productivity is based on three factors: (1)
natural resources, whose form, place and condition are
changed by the expenditure of (2) human energy, both
muscular and mental, with the aid of (3) tools.
9. Tools are the only one of these three factors that man can increase without limit, and tools come into being in a free society only when there is a reward for the
temporary self-denial that people must practice in order to
channel part of their earnings away from purchases that
produce immediate comfort and pleasure, and into new tools
of production. Proper payment for the use of tools is
essential to their creation.
10. The productivity of the tools - that is, the
efficiency of the human energy applied in connection with
their use - has always been highest in a competitive
society in which the economic decisions are made by
millions of progress-seeking individuals, rather than in a
state-planned society in which those decisions are made by
a handful of all-powerful people, regardless of how well-
meaning, unselfish, sincere and intelligent those people