Tuesday, October 06, 2009

List of Cannots

The source of this quote is unknown but it rings true.

The Ten "Cannots" of Political Economy:

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.

You cannot help the wage-earner by tearing down the wage-payer.

You cannot further the brotherhood of mankind by encouraging class hatred.

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.

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

You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative.

You cannot help man permanently by doing for them what they could do and should do for themselves.

Source: Libertarian quotes.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Libertarians, I got a Libertarian joke for ya Gary.


Q: What do you get when you cross a fiscal conservative with a social conservative?

A: A person who believes the cure to their deficit spending will be the return of Jesus when he chases the money spenders out of the house.

;-)

Iain G. Foulds said...

... "You cannot strengthen the weak, by weakening the strong"
... Thanks Gerry. I'll use it at the forum (BTW Good to see you there).

AToryNoMore said...

I tell you boys and girls we are in big doo doo!

Just because the conservative government has a big check book doesn't mean there is money in the bank.

I am afraid those clowns are going to wind all the watches back to zero and and take all of us into the tank with them.

Thermblog said...

You cannot convince the left of any of the facts above. (They are true believers.)

AToryNoMore said...

How could any of you knuckle dragging conservatives buy into this deficit financing crap?

That's the stuff that got the Progressive Conservatives knocked out of office in 1979.

Quit using your butts as head warmers.

AToryNoMore said...

Conservatives have become a constellation of oddities.

Gordie_Canuk said...

Just some quick random thoughts on this list....

You can't bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift...

I agree with this one, but the actions of our current gov't actually do discourage thrift, and actively promote borrowing. Lowest interest rates EVER, cash for clunkers, home reno tax credit...rack up that LOC people, we don't want the economy to tank.

How does this bromide fit in with Libertarian ideals..."the strength of a society is best judged by the wealth of the poorest citizens, not the bank rolls of the richest".

Regarding the brotherhood of man and class hatred...Aren't those mutually exclusive terms? Doesn't brotherhood automatically infer an absence of social classes?