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How unprogressive those old white guys were!

(Courtesy of the Patriot Post)

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means.  I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.  In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer.  And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.

Benjamin Franklin, On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor, 1766

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  1. CW
    29 Aug 2013 at 7:57 AM

    I suspect that if you showed that quote to the young progressives of today their response would be: “Who’s Benjamin Franklin?”

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