For the gross national product includes air pollution and advertising for cigarettes, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors, and jails for the people who break them. The gross national product includes the destruction of redwoods and the death of Lake Superior. It grows with the production of napalm and missiles and nuclear warheads, and even includes research on the improved dissemination of bubonic plague. The gross national product swells with the equipment for the police to put down the riots in our cities; and although it is not diminished by the damage these riots do, still it goes up as slums are rebuilt on their ashes. It includes Whitman's rifle and Speck's knife, and the broadcasting of television programs which glorify violence and sell goods to our children.

—Robert F. Kennedy

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