"[D]iscoveries in medicine, such as that of the cause of cancer and therefore a possible cure for cancer, would probably have been made long ago had not a wholly excessive amount of the social product been spent, for social reasons, on armaments or the exploration of empty stars for advertising purposes [students hiss] - in all parts of the world. [Students applaud] Well now, I don’t know if your hissing means that you believe we might be able to find the Man in the Moon [students applaud], or what it is directed against. But it seems to me that such elementary needs and problems, which affect human life as directly as the possible cure of allegedly incurable illnesses - which, I have been told by various doctors, could in principle be cured - remain unsolved for social reasons. The same applies to other technologies which are already possible and which, unquestionably, would not have to be steered one-sidedly in the direction of centralization - as the American, originally German, economist Adolf Loewe has demonstrated - but have not been implemented up to now for reasons of social organizations, that is, simply because of the concentration of capital."
Theodor W. Adorno, Lecture Two of his Introduction to Sociology course, Frankfurt University, 1968 (via tensetrips)