Friday, January 8, 2010

A Quotation

Wishing that I had time to write something decent, and finding that I do not, I offer for your consideration this quotation I came across recently. Though it was written over 100 years ago, it is no less accurate.

... You talk about mobs and the working class as if they were the question. You've got that eternal idiotic idea that if anarchy came it would come from the poor. Why should it? The poor have been rebels, but they have never been anarchists; they have more interest than anyone else in there being some decent government. The poor man really has a stake in the country. The rich man hasn't; he can go away to New Guinea in a yacht. The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.

from The Man Who Was Thursday, by G.K. Chesterton

Chesterton may have had his faults, but he had a sharp intellect all the same. In light of the past year or so, I think the above deserves some serious thought.

Respectfully Yours,



lime said...

that is indeed very thought provoking. thanks for sharing it.

Ananda girl said...

Wow. I like this one. I think there is a lot of truth in that. The poor of our country are often its greatest supporters, from defending our country to making our economy run with their service in jobs that pay poorly and garner little respect.

Thank you for this one Cricket.

Hilary said...

There's much truth in that for sure. Thank you.

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