We read an article in Science magazine years ago called Issawi’s Law of Progress. It went something like: “Everything is getting worse, except a few things, like recording equipment.” We saved it, but in our massive office move to another location, can’t find it.
A quick Google search reveals that the article was probably excerpted from Prof. Charles Issawi’s book, “Issawi’s Laws of Social Motion,” published in May 1991. It’s out of print, but Amazon says:
This is an unusual collection of laws and aphorisms by Charles Issawi, the renowned economist and Middle East scholar. Professor Issawi has formulated principles on revolution, progress, social science, politics, economics, and Americana, Et Cetera in an erudite and humorous way. He is a keen observer of social and historical problems, and his definitions are evocative, to say the least. The more serious reader may find his irony, humor, and tongue-in-cheek satire compelling.
About the Author
The late Charles Issawi was Bayard Dodge Professor, Emeritus, Princeton University and formerly Ragnar Nurkse Professor of Economics at Columbia University. He served at the United Nations Secretariat, and at the Ministry of finance and the Central Bank of Egypt, and wrote over a dozen books on Middle East economics, politics, and history. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
We were reminded of this Law when, during our office move, we found we’d lost our box of blank business cards. Small business tip: as a freelance journalist with many clients, we print different cards showing our relationship with each client.
Needing cards showing our new address, we stopped off at our local Staples and picked up these cards. They are fabulous! The edges are clean and smooth, rather than the clearly perforated edges of our past cards. These cards are also printable on both sides, so we listed all of the business subjects we cover on the back. Slick.
So. Addition to Issawi’s Laws: Everything is getting worse, except stationery supplies.