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Response to Algernon Moncrieff (Original post)

Thu Mar 24, 2016, 12:57 PM

20. Turn them around into the "Ten CANs" and they are just as relevant ...

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You CAN discourage thrift among the middle class and bring about great prosperity for the 1% - See the financial system.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

You CAN further strengthen the strong by allowing them to weaken and prey upon the weak and voiceless.

You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.

You CAN help the big man by simultaneously tearing down many little men.

You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.

You CAN lift the profit margin of the wage payer by diminishing the wages of the wage earner.

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

You CAN help the rich by destroying the poor - at least in the short term.

You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.

You CAN establish great security, wealth and power by lending money to others at high interest rates and under oppressive terms.

You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

You CAN benefit from the incitement of class hatred if your goal - to further enrich yourself and deflect blame for it - has nothing to do with furthering the brotherhood of man.

You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.

You CAN keep the middle and lower classes in perpetual trouble by paying them less than a living wage and further widening the gap between the 1% and the 99%.

You cannot build character and courage by destroying men's initiative and independence.

You CAN destroy courage and character by stagnating initiative and independence - lemmings have no time nor stomach for courage and character.

And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

You CAN make it more and more difficult for people to do for themselves and thereby keep them in a permanent state of needing help.


And our society does all of these "CANs" quite well, I think.

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