Robert F. Kennedy on what GNP means.
Below is a quote from Bobby Kennedy on what the Gross National Product means and more importantly what it does not mean. He would have a made a fine economist...
much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and
community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national
product ... if we should judge America by that - counts air pollution and
cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It
counts special locks for our doors and the jails for those who break them. It
counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in
chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead, and armored
cars for police who fight riots in our streets. It counts Whitman's rifle and
Speck's knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to
sell toys to our children.
Robert F. Kennedy Address, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, March 18, 1968