But the U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press (or, today, its electronic equivalent), that allows it to produce as many U.S. dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost. By increasing the number of U.S. dollars in circulation, or even by credibly threatening to do so, the U.S. government can also reduce the value of a dollar in terms of goods and services, which is equivalent to raising the prices in dollars of those goods and services. We conclude that, under a paper-money system, a determined government can always generate higher spending and hence positive inflation.
In music virtually anyone can hear the apoplectic plight of a too-controlled and too-technically proficient artisan, an arid and mechanically perfectionist performer who lacks the cultivated and pliant soul to "give himself over" to the pathos and passion of the music's full potential; a literalistically "correct" but "soulless" performance leaves a hell of a lot to be desired, to wit, the entire feeling and meaning and organicist life or stylistic gestalt of the music. The same thing is true of over-control or left-hemispheric modes in philosophy: analyticalism and precisianism are grotesquely Apollonian and ultimately self-paralyzing or trivializing, and far more is to be learned from someone capable of "giving himself over" Dionysianly to what Socrates called "the rights of the question."
"Edwin Firmage, a recognized authority on constitutional and international law, who has worked for several decades on the control of nuclear weapons, has written that 'Law [exterior legal control] can help, but it leaves you hopelessly short of where we must be. Even if by law you could eliminate all nuclear weapons from the earth by fiat, you don't lobotomize a generation of physicists. You could begin the whole process of arms racing again. How do you change the souls of human beings? You have to go where law can't get you....'22 You have to go, that is, to the interior quadrants and the growth of the soul, the growth of wisdom, the growth of consciousness, an interior growth in the Left-Hand quadrants that will keep pace with the growth in Right-Hand technologies. 23 And it simply does not matter that this is an impossibly difficult task; the alternative is painfully clear.
Whatever the solutions to these problems, the discussion must surely shift to an integral platform, because anything less than that leaves out fundamental dimensions of the crisis, which will then more likely speed out of control on its merry way to a destiny with death."