I’ve always liked the slogan “our dreams don’t fit in your ballot boxes;” and I’ve liked to jokingly reply “sure they do, you just have to stomp them flat enough.” That popped into my head again in thinking about this quote from Alice Hamilton, an occupational medicine specialist from the early 20th century. “There is something strange in speaking of “accident and sickness compensation.” What could “compensate” anyone for an amputated leg or a paralyzed leg, or even an attack of lead colic, to say nothing of the loss of a husband or son?” Too lazy and hurried to do so now, but this relates to We Have Fed You All For A Thousand Years and non-equivalence. What we dream of can not be purchased; what we have endured can not be repaid.

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