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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Quote of the Day

Capitalists are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate. - Bertrand Russell
 Found on a forum on Dan Carlin.com

4 comments:

Ole Phat Stu said...

My favourite today is :-
"The purpose of life: to hydrogenate carbon dioxide"

Which quote, incidentally, contains just 42 letters ;-)

Tam said...

Ol' Bertrand was occasionally kinda flip and shallow for such an otherwise bright man, don't you think?

A capitalist, by definition, is one who exchanges in voluntary commerce for a profit. I don't know if you've noticed, but slaves make remarkably poor customers.

Here's one in return: "When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators." by the noted philosopher P.J. O'Rourke.

Charles Pergiel said...

Bert's comment is a little flip, but I think there is more than a grain of truth to it. I suspect luck has more to do with success in business than hard work, whereas the loudest bellowers in the business class claim it is all due to hard work. I am not even gonna touch the legislative business, it's just too yucky.

Charles Pergiel said...

Hydrogenate carbon dioxide? That would get you what? Carbohydrates? That would be what plants do. Animals do what? De-hydrogenate carbon dioxide? Would that make them anti-life, like anti-matter? And what if 42 isn't the answer?